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Chatterbox: As we go

On Sept. 28, 2006, Chatterbox talked about there being no perfect time to start a family. It was true then, and it’s still true now. A family is a huge commitment for anyone who looks past the …

Chatterbox: Reciprocity

There’s an episode of “The Twilight Zone” about an avid reader whose wife refuses to allow him to read, claiming it’s a frivolous waste of time. The ironic plot twist at the end makes his …

Chatterbox: The meaning is personal

Almost all children make their parents marvel at them, whether learning his/her first word or displaying some cognitive thought. Older parents with adult children marvel too; only the magnitude …

Chatterbox: The double side

On Jan. 11, 2007, Chatterbox talked about a young doctor who was taken from poverty in Brazil, as a young child, and became one of America’s wealthiest, most famous, and successful doctors.

Chatterbox: Loose threads

We all should respect the people who fight the good fight without pause. Some help accomplish great things that affect society permanently, as a whole. Some are little things limited to our own …

Chatterbox: Smoke, mirrors and the spin

Recently, I found myself watching a film that we’ve discussed before. “Newsies” is a great musical that Disney turned into a stage play. Its serious side is child labor, and how the rich just …

Chatterbox: Impatient pressure

Politics is a topic few know well; discussing it makes me jittery, but the state of our nation and our planet does too, even more so. Anyone who isn’t concerned about the condition of our planet, …

Chatterbox: One chapter of many

I stumbled on this June 2021 column, yesterday. Coincidentally timely, it’s totally worth re-reading: Parents and recent high school graduates are having the same issue right now; something both …

Chatterbox: Children’s Day

I remember asking, when I was a kid, why children didn’t have a “Day” like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The adults usually said something like, “… because every day is kids’ day” …

Chatterbox: Like it or not

Part of putting our opinions on paper is committing to being quotable and dissectible, whether by supporters or cynics. Today, we’re on a limb about young Americans’ futures. Raising children has …

Chatterbox: Into the mix

According to the U.S. Census, the population of the world is nearly 8 billion people. Also, according to the U.S. Census, the population of America is over 335 million. These figures include women, …

Chatterbox: Not there yet

There are several ancient uses for the term, “going to pot”; all boil down to old food sources, alive or cooked, good for nothing but the soup pot. Here, now, is America, going to pot.

Chatterbox: Under the banner of the day

Independence Day is another name for what most of us refer to as the Fourth of July. On that day, as we commemorate the issuance of the Declaration of Independence, we celebrate. We have cookouts, …

Chatterbox: It’s the bear

There’s an old expression that goes, “Some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you. ”Here at Chatterbox we often discuss tolerance, diligence, patience, understanding, resources …

Chatterbox: Trepidation not a game changer

Trepidation. The word is more intriguing when we associate it with “intrepid.” The world is filled with those of us who are not intrepid. What separates those who “do” from those who …

This coming Wednesday is Flag Day here in America.Most of us have heard of it, but what is it? It’s a day of commemoration but not an actual holiday. Signed into law in 1949 simply to honor the …

Chatterbox: Learning up a storm

If one objection from one parent can remove one book from one school, can one objection from one parent remove every book from one school? The answer, theoretically, is “Yes.” In theory, one …

Chatterbox: Strength in the darkness

Chatterbox is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. I confess, “Forrest Gump” wasn’t my box of chocolates; I couldn’t get through it, but it birthed some …

Chatterbox: Seems like old times

Most average people disapprove of the proliferation and hypocrisy of photoshopping models’ and celebrities’ wrinkles, pimples, and body flab. Years ago, we talked about airbrushing photos, …

Chatterbox: Mothers and birds

This coming weekend, we have two special days.Yes, one is Mother’s Day. The day itself has a great history we discussed once, but we’ve done many columns on the day itself. As a mother of four, I …

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