Hallelujah — The Kids Are at CAMP!! Family / Huffington Post

My two youngest children are away at camp, and this reprieve from the usual melee that goes on at my house has allowed me to reflect on those things that kids do, and that use up equal measures of time and patience in ways you wouldn’t realize unless you had kids, and then suddenly they were gone. Allow me to explain: • Being grateful when...

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Myths and Truths About Being Canadian Family / Huffington Post

There are many stereotypes about Canadians. If you are Canadian, and you just read that sentence out loud, you probably just hit one of them when you undoubtedly said “aboot.” Am I right? Actually, as a Canadian, I’d have to say, no, I’m not right. I’ve yet to meet a Canadian who does that, yet that particular impression persists. So what can I tell you...

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European and French flags wave in the wind at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on June 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS Family / Huffington Post

I think North American women are ready to put up an “arret” sign against the recent barrage of books by French femmes who are writing about how they drink champagne, eat foie gras and don’t get fat; bring up beautifully behaved children simply by setting out a few non-negotiable ground rules, get those same children to eat anything (only at prescribed times), and how they...

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Driving in Paris…Even Scarier Than Driving in Montreal! Family / Huffington Post

“The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi.” – Fred Allen I almost proved that point here today in Paris, having a close run in with a rapidly changing traffic light and its anxiously awaiting autos, ready to leap off the starting line as I dashed across the road. “We crossed that like Montrealers,” said a colleague, but even the Montreal...

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Amsterdam: Land of a Thousand Bicycles Family / Huffington Post

Amsterdam is a city of almost 800,000 inhabitants, and 600,000 bicycles. Bicycles are stacked along the sides of canals, outside restaurants, historic buildings, at the docks for the canal “taxis” and tethered to the sides of the 2,500 houseboats. But as a North American traveling to Amsterdam, I was simultaneously impressed by their pedal power while surprised to discover that not one single cyclist owned...

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Reasons to Have a Dinner Party (Hint: They’re Not Just for Guests!) Family / Huffington Post

I had a dinner party this weekend. It was a Hunger Games themed dinner party which may or may not have included a “Pin the Arrow on Katniss’s Face” competition. But not all dinner parties have to be that fancy. At my house, inviting people over for dinner works for me on several interesting and often unexpected levels. 1. I have to clean my house....

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