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And we’re off…

School has started and it's like the frozen treadmill under our feet has finally sprung to life. A schedule, blessed schedule, has returned and once again I can count on my son being off and occupied by trained professionals...
Big news out of the first day of school. It appears lightning struck one of the five portable structures surrounding Forest Lakes Elementary School over the weekend. It was the portable that holds a fifth-grade and a third grade...
OK. Whew. School is really going to start now. We went to back-to-school night tonight to check out the trailer (excuse me, “learning cottage” as they're calling them) where my son will attend third grade this year. The entire...
Seriously. Tomorrow. Let's have it start tomorrow. Why wait until Monday? Let's get a jump on all the other districts. We could get a good two days of reviewing all those things the kids forgot during the summer...

Christmas in August?

Christmas in July sales used to be funny. You know, the car dealership or home and garden store running red and green advertisements to boost business during a slow summer stretch. But yesterday I hit Factory Card Outlet...
Three months and two weeks. That's how long it took the newest most fashionable denim trend to discover me all the way out here in Bel Air. Back on May 8, I posted an item on this blog...
From the look of Friday's Aegis, it appears that all the hoopla last year over what was to be built on the weed-filled corner next to Forest Lakes Elementary School may have been settled at an August meeting of...
Ten days until school starts and all through the house I hear the moaning and groaning from bored little mouths. “Camp has ended,” they say, “vacation has too.” “There's nothing, no nothing, just nothing to do.” “That's not true,”...
I am a shopping snob. I admit it. Back in my two-paycheck no-kids days, I was all about Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Henri Bendel. Of course, my journalist's salary didn't allow me to buy too much there, but my role...
Those interested in local news that comes via the blogosphere should check out FredNet: Frederick Maryland Online at http://frednet.wordpress.com/. The Baltimore Sun's Maryland section today includes a story about Frednet Publisher Guy Schmidt and his 2-year-old blog about...