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Cheap gifts for Father's day (the inexpensive kind, not the dinky kind)

Let's face it--the economy stinks. Or, maybe, we never had any money anyway. Still, we love dad and want to get him something special--or at least useful and not (too) gimmicky--for Father's Day. We don't have the money for the new watch he...

Little League teams get Major League surprise

When the snow is nearly gone (only the piles left from clearing parking lots remain) which means one thing: baseball season! Two California Little League teams got the surprise of their lives when Improv Everywhere (the same group that became...

Little league team looking for a phony sponsor

So, your kid wants to play on a little league team. You hunt around and find a team and next thing you know, you're the manager. You handle the coaching, you take care of the equipment, you make up the name of the team's sponsor... wait... what?...

Cubs fans name baby after ball park

Naming a child is an intensely personal thing; families choose names that honor relatives and friends and famous people they admire. Some couples even name their children for the places they were conceived (which I DO NOT recommend -- I mean really,...

When testosterone takes over the house

A few years back a friend of mine was pregnant and knew it was a boy. This, to her, was sort of a relief. Although at the time she hadn't said anything to anyone about it, she had wanted a boy. When I asked her why she wanted a boy over a girl...

Hormones After Pregnancy: What's the Norm?

What is it with these pregnancy hormones? I haven't been pregnant for over three months, yet there they are, still lurking in my system, ready to pop up unannounced and unexpected when I least want them to. Like at job interviews or when I am trying...

Baseball life lessons

My son in on the traveling baseball team this year and while it means sacrificing many summer weekends to attend games and practices, he's learning a lot life lessons. Important things like: Life isn't always fair In baseball, the umpire...

Little League coach sued for poor instruction

My dad coached most of the youth sports teams I was involved with. And -- especially now that I've been indoctrinating her into the cult of baseball -- I figured I might do the same for my daughter. But if I'm going to be financially liable for every...

Random steriod testing for Florida high school athletes

Last year, New Jersey became the first state in the country to address the issue of performance-enhancing drug use in high school sports with a statewide policy for drug testing athletes. The initial testing this past fall resulted in zero positive...

"Mom, are you ever going to play a video game with me?"

Every mother I know either dislikes video games or hates them with a fierceness that is almost scary. Some of the mothers force their children, mostly boys, to earn the video game time. Others simply take away that privilege at every chance. I am...

Boy suspended for cookie eating

As reported by Nicole Weston on our sister blog, Slashfood, an eighth grade boy was suspended because of cookie consumption. Jeremy Maitland, a student at Hungary Creek Middle School, in Henrico Virginia, was in the school cafeteria to fill up a...

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