Author Archives: cathymcallister

Apples or iPads? Inequality and Fundraising in Schools

  Backpack Surprises When I open up my child’s backpack, there are many things I don’t like to find. Used Kleenex, punctured containers of yogurt, and an open water bottle next to a library book, are some good examples. Those … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff

It started with a knitted pale pink hat with a pompom. How I hated that stupid pink pompom. On top of that, NO ONE wore hats at school, and especially not homemade pink ones with pompoms. They all wore earmuffs … Continue reading

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“No gifts please!” Tips for hosting (and attending) charity birthday parties

When I was a teenager, my mother decided that one of our Christmas gifts would be a goat for a family in Africa. I admit, at the time, I may not have been as excited as I could (or should) … Continue reading

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November 9th To-Do List: When Bad Things Happen

This election got under my skin and I didn’t handle it well. So, I’m going to write a to-do list for myself for today and the days to follow. My to-do list: Meditate – Focusing on breath (something I have … Continue reading

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Bad things come in big packages: Part 2

On the way home from a doctor’s appointment this morning, I found myself stuck in quite a jam at a roundabout. Then I remembered, Costco opens today. For those of you who don’t regularly read my blog, please take a … Continue reading

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Snake vs. Frog: An Epic Battle

Early this fall, my husband and I were hiking at our local conservation area, when I noticed something dramatic happening on the path. Usually, when you see a garter snake, it is only for a moment, as it slithers quickly … Continue reading

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A Surprise Photography Adventure Weekend (or…the Search for the Elusive Moose)

About a month ago, an e-mail popped up in my inbox. “Congratulations!” it read… “You have won a trip…” My immediate reaction, of course, was “SPAM.” As my finger headed over to the trash button, I happened to notice the … Continue reading

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