Month: October 2010

“Make a Connection,” Hybrid Mom Blog, October 28, 2010

Make a Connection  Thursday, October 28th, 2010 We’ve come to an interesting place in society that I can’t help but take notice of. With the advancement of technology has come the regression of human to human contact. Why call when you can text right? Wrong. There is a whole generation of kids who can barely look up from their cell phones long enough to look someone in the eye and say hello, let alone have meaningful human to human interaction. It’s even seeping into the older generations…everyone is on the go, no time to stop…even with their own families. When I was a little girl my mother tells me her friends kids would ask her to please get me to stop kissing them! My whole life I have been a very affectionate person…always a “body to body” hugger. When I met my husband Michael he was very affectionate too.  I would always sit on his lap to talk to him. Whenever he is in close proximity I am reaching out to hold his hand or touch his arm…make a connection. When our children were born, it was a huge new avenue for our love and affection.  We endlessly smothered them with love, kisses and hugs. I can never sit next them on the couch without a leg thrown over them or an arm around their neck. If my boys have a t-shirt on I...

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“Flying Without A Net,” CBS Soaps In Depth, October 25, 2010

Flying Without A Net By Kelli M. Larson CBS Soaps In Depth, October 25, 2010   Mary Beth Evans (Sierra) is turning the page on her daytime career AS THE WORLD TURNS may have wrapped up production last June, but that’s hardly meant the end of Mary Beth Evans’ career in a serial drama.  This year alone, the former Sierra has appeared on three different soaps! Although she’d also left her role as DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ beleaguered Kayla in early 2009, Evans returned earlier this summer for a handful of episodes surrounding Alice Horton’s funeral and more recently to help her daughter through a trying time.  “I’ve realized, especially at DAYS, that this is a really wonderful extended family that we all have,” she reflects.  “These are some of the longest relationships that I’ve had in my life.  Some of them have known me for 25 years!” Not only does she have the ability to recur on DAYS, but Evans is also thrilled she was able to reprise her role of wealthy Sierra for the final months of ATWT.  “Daytime [was] sort of a false sense of security…[but] it’s not that anymore,” she notes.  “[Still], I think everybody [from ATWT] is kind of fired up.  I know several people are moving out to Los Angeles….they’re just trying to reinvent themselves. I’ve written a thousand blogs and articles about reinvention...

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“Step Outside the Box,” October 14, 2010

Step Outside the Box Thursday, October 14th, 2010 It’s not often in all of our busy lives that we really step outside of our “boxes” and experience new things. Last month my husband and I got the opportunity to do just that when some friends of ours generously took us on a trip to Bora Bora. They have a boat moored there and they go monthly (nice I know). It was beyond fabulous and I got to experience so many new and exciting things. There was a chef on board and we ate amazingly! One day my husband caught a Mahi Mahi fish and they filleted it right on the back of the boat. They grilled some of it and made a raw Pokie salad with the rest for lunch. OMG…WOW! What a fun experience. The owners are big scuba divers and took us to endless “hot spots.” My husband Michael and I were certified on our honeymoon 25 years ago but this was like no other place we had been to. The water is crystal clear and the visibility is amazing! The amount of wildlife we were able to see was incredible. The first day they took us to an area with sharks which they said are harmless but I must say I was freaked out. I stayed all of about 8 minutes. The video below was just...

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“A Matter of Respect,” Hybrid Mom Blog, October 7, 2010

A Matter of Respect Thursday, October 7th, 2010 I’m never one who wants to beat a dead horse, but I must continue on my child rearing observations and tidbits.  The other morning I was at a friend’s house and there was crazy screaming and yelling coming from somewhere outside. After determining it was coming from her next-door neighbor I, like Mrs. Cravats, went out into the yard, pruning shearers in hand, and pretended I was clipping, trying to hear if it was some sort of domestic violence situation that I would I need to call the police about. It turned out to be a teenage daughter yelling and screaming at her mother, crying and slamming doors. The mother sounded fairly calm and it started to sound like this was a common occurrence.  Since my girlfriend was out of town I couldn’t get any background on the situation.  As I was headed to my car her other neighbor (who I know fairly well) told me that it was what it was and that it goes on all the time and they are totally out of control. She said, “You know how teenage girls are. Is your daughter like that”?  “ABSOLUTLY NOT,” I said.  First I told her I was lucky that my daughter was born sweet and never had an issue with us. BUT it never would have been that...

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