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It’s Not a Beauty Pageant, It’s a Scholarship Program

Let’s call a spade a spade, it was a beauty pageant… But while I can admit that 15 years later, at the time I was hell bent on convincing everyone otherwise.


Sinterklaas: The Fun and Terrifying Reason Dutch Kids are Well Behaved

Wooden Shoe Rather Be Dutch? The Dutch people are wonderful and I’m proud to be a Dutch-American. A quarter Dutch-American. Basically a US melting pot European mutt… but the most prominently displayed part of my DNA is Dutch. My maternal Read more…


My Best Brother’s Wedding

The universally agreed upon “forever age” for younger siblings is 8. (I checked with like 5 sources on this so don’t worry about doing your own research. It’s been covered.) If you have a younger sibling, no matter how old they Read more…


I Can’t Get a Tattoo Because of Jonathan Taylor Thomas

I’m 98.5% certain that I’ll never get a tattoo and it has nothing to do with my opinion of them on other people (because my opinion of other people’s bodies doesn’t matter one iota, but for the record – I Read more…


Entrepreneurial Schemes and Dollar Store Dreams

Figurines and Fiscal Responsibility Growing up there was no greater bastion of fake grownup independence than The Dollar Store. Filled with bouncy balls, tiny figurines that would immediately be lost between the car seats, and 14,000 glitter stickers that could Read more…


A Merm By Any Other Name

I call my mom “Merm” and we can probably all agree that’s a little weird. You don’t hear a lot of “Merm” out on the playground. But I have my reasons. One of the Boys Growing up, we had family Read more…


Always Be Batman

“Jack, what do you want to be when you grow up?” “A firefighter, or a doctor.” “That’s awesome, buddy! What do you think Norah is going to be when she grows up?” (Thoughtful pause) “Batman.” That seems about right. Jack Read more…