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Grocery game a chance to teach life skills

Get your shoes on, I told my 13-year-old son last weekend, as he lay on the couch playing some kind of mind-numbing video game.

Jigsaw puzzle an opportunity to slow down and focus

It was kind of an afterthought – a $12 jigsaw puzzle added to my Amazon shopping cart to bring my order to free-shipping level.

Wisdom-teeth surgery a trip back to kids’ babyhood

That Passenger song has been playing on the radio a lot lately:

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Spontaneous parties spice up the holidays

As I scooped chili into bowls, poured a few glasses of wine and passed them out to our impromptu guests, I realized something I should realize more often:

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Mastering chess latest sign kids conquering knowledge gap

Jack has been whupping me in chess lately.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Thanks for the adventures, Junie B. Jones and Barbara Park

Dear first-grade journal,

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Spectacular autumn keeps us full of awe

I can’t remember an autumn so breathtaking.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Could daydreaming be an endangered activity?

We all – adults and children, writers and readers – have an obligation to daydream. We have an obligation to imagine. It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that we are in a world in which society is huge and the individual is less than nothing: an atom in a wall, a grain of rice in a rice field. But the truth is, individuals change their world over and over, individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different.

Halloween is too much fun to impose age limits

When I was a teenager, 40-year-olds seemed ancient.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Cooler weather means it’s time to play games

When the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, I fetch three things, usually in this order:

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Plan now for holiday minimalism

We live in a society of excess.

Solitude a precious commodity no matter what your age

When my parents start sifting through random file cabinets at their home in South Carolina, I end up with random packages in the mail.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Gadget lost, perspective found

In the grand scheme of things – a world riddled by war, famine, fires and floods – a missing iPod is inconsequential.

Suzanne Tobias: Tiny people on everyday objects illustrate what art should do

If there was any doubt that my taste in art leans toward the rudimentary or borderline ridiculous, it was quashed during last weekend’s stroll through Bradley Fair.

Suzanne Tobias: Cleaning out the cupboards makes you want to stomp your feet and clap your hands

We moved into our house nearly five years ago.

Suzanne Tobias: As children grow older, a parent’s role changes

What’s the best way to spend a holiday weekend?

A very special column about the non-twerking world

Somewhere amid all the news stories and cultural punditry about Miley Cyrus’ raunchy gyrations at the MTV Video Music Awards, there was a brief item about researchers in Sweden who confirmed the existence of a previously unknown chemical element.

Summer passes with things still on to-do list

Every spring, I tell myself it’s not going to happen.

Stillness part of the lure of fishing

“We catched fish, and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn’t ever feel like talking loud, and it warn’t often that we laughed, only a kind of low chuckle. We had mighty good weather, as a general thing, and nothing ever happened to us at all, that night, nor the next, nor the next.”

Suzanne Perez Tobias: In age of high-tech, public library still a treasure

Call me crazy, old-fashioned or frugal, but I still love the public library.

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