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Suzanne Tobias: Patience brews the perfect cold-pressed cup of coffee

I’m a latecomer to the whole cold-brewed, cold-pressed, coffee-sludge-turned-black-gold, iced coffee bandwagon.

Volunteers: It takes one to appreciate one

There’s a coffee mug I’ve seen in a thousand little gift shops. It features a strawberry blond 1950s housewife with bright eyes, perfect brows, a lipsticked smile and the caption: “Stop me before I volunteer again.”

Suzanne Tobias: Author offers advice on opening children’s eyes to other cultures

The young woman approached the microphone and told author Khaled Hosseini how much she had enjoyed his books, appreciated them, learned from them.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Diaries offer windows into our childhood selves

The day I turned 8, I got a five-year diary with a locking cover.

Suzanne Tobias: Lawn work brings life lessons

The phone call came at the perfect moment.

Suzanne Tobias: Family book club could start – or continue – meaningful dialogue with kids

I was in my late 20s, married but childless, when I first read Lois Lowry’s “The Giver.”

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Tears and tantrums: We’ve all been there

“I wouldn’t let him play in the knife drawer.”

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Sticky notes reflect child’s changing taste buds

I bought a new cookbook – “Dinner Tonight: Done!” – because its title so accurately and succinctly reflected my attitude about cooking lately:

Suzanne Perez Tobias: On a coaster roll at Worlds of Fun

As the Patriot roller coaster screamed overhead, its passengers’ legs swinging freely from the ski-lift-style seats, my son looked warily toward me.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Boston another chance to talk to kids about tragedy

The radio was turned to the news when I picked up my son from school Monday, so I quickly offered what little information had been confirmed.

Suzanne Tobias: Let’s figure out mysteries of the universe together

The voice asking the first question of Lawrence Krauss and Brian Greene in a live-audience broadcast of NPR’s “Science Friday” was tiny and tentative, obviously a young boy:

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Loving the madness that is March

March is mad and memorable for so many reasons.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Whatever happened to audience etiquette?

Last week in this space, I praised the value of fine arts education.

Suzanne Tobias: Arts provide kids with life lessons

Jack recently learned to play “Gangnam Style” on his trombone, which is pretty much as nightmarish as you might imagine.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Snow days offer precious breaks from routine

“Snow days rock!” a friend posted on her Facebook page last week.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: Sometimes it pays to read children the whole book

My 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, was reminiscing recently about elementary school — studying for tests in biology, world history, Spanish and algebra while reading “Lord of the Flies” will do that to a person — and I asked her what she remembered, specifically, from those early years.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: We’re all connected, just not to one another

Sometimes our family room looks more like an Internet cafe.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: A thin line between humility, the humblebrag

Perhaps you’ve never heard the term “humblebrag” – it’s annoying being a social-media vanguard who has to explain everything all the time, but I’ll try … #humblebrag – so here’s the UrbanDictionary.com definition:

Suzanne Tobias: A place to spread a little kindness and caring

You know the old sayings, the ones you learned as a child and repeat through the course of your life, to yourself or to your children or grandchildren:

Suzanne Tobias: Time to declutter – but don’t throw those toys away

There are only so many episodes of “Clean House” or “Hoarders” a person can watch before she grabs a few trash bags and heads into her son’s bedroom.

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