By Sarah Shapard
  • dare to say what you don't do

    June 15, 2012 at 10:36 am

    It goes against the grain, if you are a creative communications and marketing professional as I am, to tell people that you don’t use some of the social media tools out there, even the ones widely used. It’s simply not a good use of my time and resources, I tell them, to use every tool […]

  • A Way to Take the "Un" Out of Unemployment

    May 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I almost didn’t purchase Steve Dalton’s book, “2-Hour Job Search,” considering I couldn’t believe you could do a job search in two hours.  But the tagline below his title convinced me to get it. I’d be at a disadvantage if I didn’t learn how to “use technology to get the right job faster.” That and […]

  • Be a Champion

    May 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    What do you do if a child comes to you with a question about this year’s tagline for the Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon? It’s on his t-shirt, and it says “Save the Kids!” I’d have to sympathize with him. Because if I’d were a kid, I’d wonder why I need to be saved.  “Oh, […]

  • Pears

    September 23, 2011 at 2:09 am

    It seems to me eating practical and necessary food, like fruits and vegetables, and eating more of them than bread and meat is one of the most difficult habits to absorb into our children’s daily meal routine. And there’s plenty of advice to getting your child to eat more of these healthy foods. Jessica Seinfeld, […]

  • Unrestrained Joy

    September 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Something happens when your kids go back to school. Your life, if you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, becomes a conveyor belt. You, your kids get up, eat, they leave for school, you restore your house to some sort of order, volunteer, do some contractual work, they return from school, eat, do homework, and eat […]

  • What Was That? No Way, It Couldn't Have Been An Earthquake!

    August 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Everyone I spoke with yesterday felt the tremors but immediately dismissed the notion they had experienced an earthquake. A friend thought the guy with the leaf blower outside her condominium had something to do with the tremors. How? I don’t know. Another person blamed it on his daughter, thinking she was “shaking the car” on […]

  • Can You See Her, A Little Girl?

    July 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Has Your Child Ever Seen Animals in the Sky? It seems to me we’ve been seeing a lot of clouds these past few weeks — and one thing I love doing with the kids is to look for animals or whatever we think we can see in the sky. Our children believe this cloud in […]

  • In Memory of My Friend’s Mother

    July 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    How to Help Your Child, At Any Age, Comfort Someone? Yesterday I picked some Queen Anne’s Laces alongside the road for a friend whose dying mother believes her bed sheets are made of lace. “They are so soft, so beautiful,” she told my friend who in turn told me this story. As common, noxious and […]

  • The Power of Rice

    July 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Rice — and An Opportunity for Your Child to Volunteer   Did you know that one cup of rice can relieve hunger? Get your kids to take a bag or two of rice to the local food pantry based in Carrboro. It’s located at the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service down the street from Wendy’s […]

  • What Animal Does Your Child Want to Be?

    July 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Beetles. I’m guessing beetles. My four-year-old gets them and I get the goose bumps if I don’t get to her first. She’s like a mad scientist, with her swim goggles, messy hair, flipping over rocks in her search for beetles. Yesterday she twisted herself in a yoga pose to get close to a Rhinoceros beetle […]