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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Jill Pertler’

Slices of Life: In Search of fitness

Slices of Life: In Search of fitness

    By: Jill Pertler     I’m seeking fitness. Again. You haven’t seen him, have you? It’s a recurring theme in my life. I seek fitness. I find fitness (sort of). Time passes. Fitness, fickle friend that he is, hides from me, and the game begins anew. Olly olly oxen free! When things first begin to slide, I attempt to ignore the circumstances by pretending fitness is still in the room right by my side. Then I opt for the position that fitness is ... Full Story

Slices of Life: There’s an app for that

Slices of Life: There’s an app for that

    By: Jill Pertler   I come from a generation where an application was something you filled out when you wanted a job. TV (all five channels of it) was in 2D. Phones were unitaskers and could hardly be described as smart. Times have changed. At least they are changing at my house. This week, we got our first smartphone – which, by logical inference, makes us a “smartfamily.” Or, since the phone belongs to my husband, maybe he’s the smart one. ... Full Story

Slices of life: When is 9/11?

Slices of life: When is 9/11?

By: Jill Pertler   “When is 9/11?” The question comes from my youngest son. I tell him the day is next Sunday. The answer isn’t what he’s looking for. “When was the first one?” he asks. I know what he’s getting at: When did the date September 11 become the number 9/11 – with connotations more far-reaching than any of us could fathom? “It was before you were born,” I say, remembering my protruding belly that morning as I watched the early news and ... Full Story

Slices of Life: Learning to relax

Slices of Life: Learning to relax

  By: Jill Pertler     Forced relaxation. It’s an oxymoron of terms, but all too real in our present day culture. Technology has us plugged in, turned on and connected 24/7. The only way we can relax is if we are forced to do so. That’s because we value productivity and time-management nearly as much as we value cell phone apps and electric gizmos. We’ve even coined phrases like multi-tasking to describe our prowess with the concept of busy. There’s no ... Full Story

Slices of Life, Our house rules

Slices of Life, Our house rules

  Slices of Life By: Jill Pertler The title of this column may lead you to believe I entertain a lofty perception of my house – as in my house rules the universe. While that may be true (but not really), the “rules” cited in the title refer to a noun, not a verb. Rules: Directives involving the correct time to go to bed, the necessity of frequent tooth brushing and the value of vegetables. In other words, the things every kid detests. I penned the following tidbits ... Full Story

Slices of Life: I’m all right, how about you?

Slices of Life: I’m all right, how about you?

    By: Jill Pertler   One of the most challenging aspects of living with teenagers is confronting their vast and superior knowledge. Every parent who’s been there understands a teen’s life experiences have brought them to the point of knowing almost everything – or maybe there’s no almost about it. I’m okay with my kids thinking they are right – as long as they keep their opinions to themselves. When they share their ideas and try to exert them on ... Full Story

Slices of Life – Riding the grief train

Slices of Life – Riding the grief train

By: Jill Pertler   It’s a year this week since my mom died. Most people will tell you the initial year is the hardest because of all the firsts. First Christmas. First birthday. First Mother’s Day without your mother. I’ll admit those firsts were difficult, but I persevered. Might even be that I’m stronger for it. To be honest, I’m not sure. The surprising thing, for me, about the first year didn’t involve any of the important firsts. It had more to do with what ... Full Story

Slices of Life: Hairballs and terrorists – pains in

Slices of Life: Hairballs and terrorists – pains in the gut

By: Jill Pertler I was all set to write this week’s column about hairballs. You, know, the gut-wrenching bane of fastidiously clean cats. I came up with the topic out of guilt. I should have written about it last week, but the royal hullabaloo distracted me and I missed National Hairball Awareness Day – a blip on the calendar I think we all agree is worthy of our attention. Even if you are not a cat. So I figured hairballs would get their time in the spotlight this week. Then ... Full Story

Slices of Life: Kindness worth a tail wag

Slices of Life: Kindness worth a tail wag

      By: Jill Pertler   I love kind-hearted friends. You know, the type of person who brings a stray dog home from the park and gives him food and water and never once says, “If we feed him he’ll never leave.” Those kind of friends. After the dog’s belly is full, a kind-hearted person will comb the tangled mats out of his hair and give him a warm bath, during which she will discover that his fur is creamy white and not dark brown after ... Full Story

Slices of Life: Countdown to royal love

Slices of Life: Countdown to royal love

  By: Jill Pertler   I don’t give a shilling about the Royal Wedding. There, I said it out loud and lightning didn’t strike me down. Bloody well thought it might. Perhaps such a lack of imperial interest warrants an apology. I am not intrigued, excited, anticipatory or enthralled. Am I the only one? I am not anti-royalty. I am sure I would consider Kate and William just smashing if we met up over a couple of pints or perchance a spot of tea. They’ll make a ... Full Story

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