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Sadness at the Apted Zoo

It took a while, but he finally caved.

April 18, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


The miracle of spring

No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn. If you're like me, you were beginning to wonder about that. But after a lengthy winter, spring is finally here. Isn't it glorious?

April 04, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


How quickly 8 years pass for a mom

How can it be that my dear son Eli turns 8-years-old today?

March 20, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Mommy, daddy handle baby differently

The past five months have reminded me that the differences between men and women are rarely more evident than when there's a new baby in the house. Let's look at a few examples of these different approaches to parenting.

March 07, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Kari's Corner - What to give up for Lent?

We missed celebrating Mardi Gras last week. I was getting over a wicked case of food poisoning and not up to celebrating anything besides staying out of the bathroom.

February 21, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


There are no small things

"Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things." ~Bruce Barton

February 07, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Illness boot camp

Have you fallen victim to the stomach bug yet? There's a nasty one going around our church and another circle of friends. So far, we haven't caught it. But knowing it's out there leaves me worried that our turn is coming.

January 24, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Snow days and weather wimps

So the first great snowfall of 2010 has come and gone, and I daresay most of us survived. My yard looked like Jack Frost gently sneezed across it. The most annoying thing about this storm was wrangling hyper, snow-hungry kids on Thursday, and dealing with their disappointment Friday morning when they realized we hadn't gotten the foot of snow they'd prayed for.

January 10, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — everywhere but here...

If you were to come over to my house today, you could tell that we've been trying to decorate for the holidays. Santa, Frosty and some elves are hanging out on the front porch but not properly arranged. The 8-foot-tall inflatable snowman is still folded up in his box, stacked next to the pile of garland that's supposed to adorn the porch columns. At night, one lonely strand of lights glows along the gutter, while the shrubs and windows remain barren.

December 06, 2009 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


With a thankful heart

This month, in honor of Thanksgiving, many of my Facebook friends have chosen to post a daily sentence or two mentioning something they are grateful for.

November 22, 2009 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Kari's Corner: Cooking in Honey's kitchen

Today is Grandparents Day, and I find my thoughts drifting back to memories of my grandmother's kitchen.

My mom's mother - we call her Honey - taught me how to cook. I was the only grandchild that liked cooking, and she loved mentoring me. I never saw her measure anything; it was always a touch of this and a pinch of that. I still haven't mastered some of her skills, such as peeling a fresh tomato in one long, paper-thin strip. But I watched closely enough to replicate many of her specialties, including fried squash and vegetable soup.

September 13, 2009 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


The bigger my belly gets, the slower time passes

Remember how when you were a kid, time seemed to pass so very slowly? It felt as though 10 years passed between Christmases and birthdays. A car ride from Georgia to Florida took a week and a half, at least. And a ten-minute time-out felt like wasting an entire afternoon staring at a blank wall.

September 06, 2009 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Having 2 little boys can be a pain in your eighth planet

Sometimes I can't believe that I'm going to have another little boy.

August 23, 2009 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Having 2 little boys can be a pain in your eighth planet

Sometimes I can't believe that I'm going to have another little boy.

August 23, 2009 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


My argument against government health care — part 3

It all started when they decided to store the Christmas presents in my office.

August 16, 2009 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


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