Tuesday, January 1, 2013
No one else is giving me any parenting awards, so I'm going to do it myself.
We've known each other for a while, you and I, and I've shared with you many of my parenting highs and even more of my parenting lows. Honestly though, I probably had more parenting middles. For example, this last weekend while on vacation in New York City, I bought my kids five pounds of M&Ms just because I thought it would calm them down and get us out of Times Square as a family unit. I'm not sure if that falls into the high or low category. Anyway, I was thinking about the year and how it was actually pretty good in terms of getting my kids to a better place and then I started thinking about making sure you knew about how my year was pretty good because parenting victories in a vacuum are not as awesome as parenting victories in front …
Friday, December 28, 2012
AAA Mid-Atlantic offers tips for safe traveling during the holidays.
According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, New Year's Day consistently ranks among the deadliest days to be on the road due to alcohol-related traffic incidents. Statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) back up that contention. To help reduce the number of drunk-driving and alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA Mid-Atlantic offers the following safety tips for New Year's Eve and Day: NIAAA also debunks a few common myths about "sobering up". Myth: You can drive as long as you are not slurring your words or acting erratically. Fact: The coordination needed for driving is compromised long before the signs of intoxication …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Your guide to movies premiering between now and New Year’s Day.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Ben Gross
Sunday, December 23, 2012
With many offices closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day and the kids out of school, going to the movies tends to be one of the more popular holiday-season events, and Hollywood is unleashing some serious star power to end 2012 and welcome 2013. Patch has put together this handy guide to all of the great year-end movie releases: Friday, December 21, 2012 Movie: The Impossible Stars: Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor What it’s about: The main stars play a couple vacationing in Thailand with their three sons who get caught in the 2004 tsunami. Rating: PG-13 -- Movie: Jack Reacher Stars: Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall What it’s about: Cruise plays the role of Jack Reacher (the hero of many Lee Child books) as a former military investigator …
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Seven-day holiday honors African-American history and culture.
To those that celebrate, the seven-day festival of Kwanzaa means taking time to spend with family, honoring African-American culture, and focusing on the “seven principles” that are central to the holiday. What Kwanzaa isn’t, according to Germantown resident Michael Friend, is an alternative to Christmas. “I think the fear for a lot of Christians is, ‘Don’t take my Christmas away,’” said Friend, who founded the Rockville-based African performing arts group Soul in Motion Players, Inc. and has celebrated the holiday for decades. “It’s not about religion at all – it’s about a value system. It gives us seven days to kind of reevaluate and realign and think about how we want to go into the next year.” Launched by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, …