RSSLisa Burkhart

Good Advice from the Gambler

| July 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

I took my kids on a summer vacation recently. This particular week was scheduled months in advance and it just so happened to be the hottest week of the summer thus far and much hotter than is typical for a Minnesota summer. I use the term vacation loosely.  The word vacation to me conjures visions [...]

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Twelve Years of Book Marks and a Top Ten Book Club List

| June 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

I love reading and I especially love it when a book captures my interest so that I can’t bear to stop to work or cook or sleep.  Alas, I must.  My boss would frown upon reading on the job and my kids would soon protest if mealtime hit and I just continued grunting from behind [...]

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Filial Fertilization

| June 14, 2012 | 4 Comments

The promise of endless summer.  The kids are fresh out of school and have big plans for relaxing.  I’ve heard talk of them buying gobs of donuts for breakfast and staying up late for no reason.  Ah, to be young again and have no fear of carbohydrates or fatigue. I also have big plans for [...]

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Your Heap of Uselessness is Ready to Be Picked Up

| May 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

I’d like to have a word with the person who invented the sleepover party.  My word would be “Why?” When I was a girl I hosted one or two sleepover parties and I know I attended my fair share.  Was our goal then to stay up overly late and not actually sleep?  Or, did my [...]

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Now THAT’S What I Call a Happy Ending

| April 30, 2012 | 4 Comments

I had a really uncomfortable encounter on Friday evening.  I experienced such exceptional customer service that I literally felt guilty.  Here’s what happened… My two kids and I decided to eat dinner at a new local restaurant that I had visited twice before.  On my first visit with my daughter I tried the salad, which [...]

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Watching Our WASTElines

| April 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

I don’t know why I started taking such an interest in recycling – I didn’t live through the Great Depression nor need to earn extra money by selling empty aluminum cans – but I can remember where it took hold.  I moved to Seattle in 1991 and in the backyard of our rental house sat [...]

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It’s a Beautiful Day for a Neighbor

| March 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

Most of us are familiar with the expression, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”  I heard it in church recently, as I have countless times before, but this time I heard it differently.  Then there’s the story of the man that questioned Jesus asking, “And who is my neighbor?” Who is YOUR neighbor?  Do you know [...]

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The State of Fair

| March 15, 2012 | 3 Comments

Have you ever tried to explain how life works to your children?   Even in bits and pieces it’s nearly impossible. We are told from a very young age that life is not fair yet most of our lives we fight against this notion.  Maybe it’s due to my birth sign, I’m a Libra, but I [...]

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