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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.

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.

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