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Invading Your Privacy Policy

on May 04, 2016, at 11:31 a.m.
Thank you for visiting Facts Optional! The time you spend reading this blog means the world to us and reinforces our belief that you have way too much time on your hands. We’ve made some recent changes to our Privacy Policy and, as always, want to make sure you are aware …
DOUBLE DUTCH PLUS THREE

Island spring

on May 03, 2016, at 3:27 p.m.
My favorite season in the Netherlands was the spring: birds singing, green grass, tons of flowers and color after the three grey and cold winter months. Little lambs skipping in the fresh green fields; happy cows dotting the landscape with their black and white bodies, mooing contently of being able …
NOW YOU HAVE TWO!

Cirque Du Baby

on May 03, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
Remember when your kids were teeny and couldn’t move very far without your help? You know, when you could do crazy things like take a shower or eat a sandwich without fearing for their safety? Me too – many heart attacks ago.  My husband has coined this the “Cirque Du …
THE SCRAPED-UP KID

3 great Maine island adventures for families

on May 03, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
There’s something about an island, kids, and summer in Maine. Here are my choices for where to head offshore this spring and summer.
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Weakend Plans

on May 02, 2016, at 2:51 p.m.
Whereupon a carefully calibrated three-day weekend devolves into chaos and disappointment faster than the Cruz-Kasich alliance: Weekend Frustration #1:  My wife loses a pair of costly Ray-Ban sunglasses while we are out kayaking on the lake during a balmy Friday. They are perched atop her cap while she uses one …
THE SCRAPED-UP KID

Can your family go screen-free for a week? Mine can’t.

on May 02, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
Does your family have what it takes to go screen-free? Does it need to? National Screen-Free Week is a good time to think about it.
TALES OF A HARDWORKING MOM

Why stop at Narcane?

on April 29, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
Upon reading the uproar about Lepage vetoing the bill allowing Narcane to be sold over the counter, I started thinking about the situation. I have to say that the following quote makes a lot of sense: “Creating a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and …
THE SCRAPED-UP KID

Teens and the outdoors: A Scraped-up Interview

on April 28, 2016, at 3:46 p.m.
I’ve been thinking about teens and the outdoors again, a topic that I last tackled a while back. It’s a challenging issue, and one that I feel doesn’t have easy answers. I asked Debra Deal, Executive Director of Camp Beech Cliff on MDI, to talk about her strategies for reaching teens.
DOUBLE DUTCH PLUS THREE

What’s in a name?

on April 27, 2016, at 8:38 a.m.
Schriever. My name. In Dutch dialect it means ‘writer’. I like that. I’ve always liked that. Still, when I married in 1997 I decided to take my husband’s name. I didn’t give it that much thought, really. It was just something most people do, so why not? It wasn’t until …
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Grammar and Grampa

on April 25, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
There are elements of speech and grammar and certain turns of phrase I just can’t keep straight, no matter how many times I watch the series of “Comma Queen” videos online. Here are some of the challenges that currently flummox me: Flounder vs. Founder: I think of one of these …
DOUBLE DUTCH PLUS THREE

Introducing Double Dutch plus Three

on April 25, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
Introducing Double Dutch plus Three I am a Maine-igrant from the Netherlands. While my scientist husband fell in love with the beautiful research institute here, I fell in love with Mount Desert Island.
THE SCRAPED-UP KID

Four ways to ruin a perfectly good adventure

on April 22, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
Are you tired of having fun outside? Here are four ways to ensure you ruin any good outdoor adventure.
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Questioning Everything

on April 22, 2016, at 3:01 p.m.
I’ve been involved in a job search over the last few months after being unexpectedly “separated” (as companies like to say these days) from my last gig. I won’t go into detail here since, even as a self-proclaimed humorist, I still can’t find much that was funny about the situation. …
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Introducing Facts Optional

on April 22, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
I’ve been writing humorous essays for years, starting back when there were only 24 letters in the English language and before there was such a thing as an “Oxford comma” (the only choices were Plain or Vanilla). As of April 2016 I’ve joined the family here at BDN Blogs and …
NOW YOU HAVE TWO!

FATQs (Frequently Asked Twin Questions)

on April 19, 2016, at 10:05 a.m.
After the initial “Twins?!? ” reaction, I have become accustomed to a series of questions by the strangers we encounter each day. Here are a handful of them. Are they identical? Yes. A boy and a girl? See above. Also, note that many people don’t understand the definition of identical. …
THE SCRAPED-UP KID

Signs of spring

on April 12, 2016, at 9:54 a.m.
It must be spring. We got outside this past weekend. I mean, we’ve been outside in the last month, just not very much. There’s the standard afternoon post-school runaround and the weekend toodle around the yard, but that’s about it. I keep trying to write here, but there hasn’t been …
NOW YOU HAVE TWO!

The Art of the Unexpected

on April 04, 2016, at 2:15 p.m.
Routine has always been a friend to me. From detailed chore lists as a child, to the need to always eat breakfast with a good cooking magazine in the morning, I’ve liked things familiar and orderly.  It has been hard to reconcile this desire with parenthood, when the unexpected is usually the …
TALES OF A HARDWORKING MOM

What parenting really is

on March 26, 2016, at 7:54 a.m.
When you have a child, you become a new person. Not only is a child born, but a parent is born. Each decision a woman makes during her 9 months of pregnancy could have an astronomical effect on her unborn child, and from there it does not stop. Every little …
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The Control Group

on March 21, 2016, at 9:46 a.m.
When we learned that the twins we were expecting were identical, Jason joked (I hope!) that we should raise them separately for a few years, then bring them back together to see what was nature and what was nurture. While I think he really just wanted to ensure that one …
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One Lucky Mama

on March 20, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
Lord, do I complain.  I throw myself pity parties.  I wish life was a bit different for all of us.  I’m not a saint. But then, there are moments when he’s crawled into my bed and wrapped his arm around my neck and is twirling my hair and muttering, “Mom. …