A Family That Cycles Together…Cycles Together


Last week, next week: the past and future are on my mind. This last week on Road to Joy I blogged about family culture.  One thing I left out of that blog, mainly because it was already the longest blog in the history of the world, was the importance that sports — especially bicycling, swimming, … Continue reading

How did Mike & Carol do it? Oh yeah, it was just a TV show…


Summer vacation spots, Thanksgiving dinner menus, birthday breakfasts, rabid devotion to Texas A&M football…culture…tradition…family…it’s great stuff. Family culture evolves slowly but becomes so ingrained in us, that, even though most of the time we take it for granted, we will go to battle over it in a heartbeat. It is who we are. What happens, though, when family structure changes? What remnants of culture survives, what dies, and what is reborn?

The Best Gifts Don’t Need Wrapping


The story of how Melissa’s family established a tradition of giving of themselves to others, in place of gifts-in-bulk and parties.

Someone Else’s Perfect Little Family


What is perfect to you may not work for me. Luckily, it doesn’t have to! What does your idea of the perfect family look like?

In Praise of Swim Teams and Step-Daughters


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Want to keep your kid on the straight and narrow path? With our Brady Bunch of 5 kids and endless activities, my husband and I have found no better method than hard core swim team. Think of it as our contribution to their eventual membership in the “outliers” club.

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