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As I signed up my youngest child for preschool recently, it occurred to me that I will have several mornings a week all to myself next year. I have longed for this moment for eight years. This moment when I can just exist as a whole, independent human — untethered by the tiny, sticky fingers…

There’s a song I loved in middle school called “I’m In a Bad Mood” by Iwata Sayuri. I was particularly enamored with the last line, which is, translated from the original Japanese: “I’m going to find something that can’t exist without me and chase it.”

Sometimes I resent the fact that I don’t get to be the “novel” parent. The kids fight over spending time with my husband, Josh, versus being stuck with me. They don’t even give me the courtesy of hiding their disappointment in these situations either.

No matter how crazy life — or the regular news — gets, this column and these stories of kindness from readers are always a bright spot. I enjoy every story that comes through my “Buzzing Love” mailbox, but some — like the one below about the ‘S’ hook necklace — especially stay with me. Becau…

My grandmother begged us one birthday not to give her any more cute little figurines or “doodads” that needed to be dusted.  

The problem is not that I do not care about the safety and well being of my children. The problem is that I have no nervous system left. I know that I had a nervous system at one point because with Boy #1, it went into overdrive. I sterilized bottles. I baby-proofed everything. I checked and…

Sometimes you find out how small the world really is in the most unlikely places. A year ago this month, we adopted an adorable puppy after our 14-year-old dog passed away. Lucky was a wonderful rescue dog and was part of our family for 12 years. To honor our beloved rescue dog, my husband K…

I especially love this month’s stories of kindness, and I hope you enjoy them, too. Special thanks to these readers who called to share their stories with me. One of my favorite quotes is: “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change,” (B…

Sometimes I look at my young son and I can’t help but delight in the way that his mind works. It is entirely unique, and I have never met anyone else like him. But, this child — God love him — is hell-bent on doing life in his own quirky, eccentric way. I admire his determination, though as …

Some might say there’s more love in the air this month given Valentine’s Day, but every day is a good day for sharing a little more love. Need a little inspiration? Look no further than this month’s stories of kindness from community members,  then go buzz someone with love today!

Merriam-Webster defines time as a “nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future.”

It’s amazing how life comes full circle sometimes, isn’t it? As it turns out, the Webster-Kirkwood Times has played a very special role in my life. It began nearly 30 years ago after I saw an article in the Times.

Looking through a microscope has always fascinated me. You put a slide on its stage and, to the naked eye, it looks like there’s nothing there. Then, you stare through the eyepiece and see nothing but white light — everything appears foggy and smudged. But as you move the slide, twist the ey…

I think the word “should” is one of the most crippling words in the English language. It takes the things we know to be true in our gut and superimposes a layer of shame over the top of it. Our gut therefore becomes cloudy and imperceptible, leaving us with a general feeling of inadequacy.

It is often the kindness of strangers that stays with us. We often don’t even know their names, but we’ll never forget their faces and the kindness they showed us. This month’s “Buzzing Love” stories are proof of that. May we all be that kind stranger to someone else sometime.

It had gone undiscovered for years, a handwritten recipe tucked between the pages of a hand-me-down cookbook. A cookbook that belonged to my mom, because the recipes of her kitchen landed in mine — a natural progression to her only daughter.

This month’s Buzzing Love story is more proof that while we may not know the names of strangers who so generously offer their kindness, we often still remember them — not just years, but even decades later. Take this story from Kirkwood resident Barbara Byrd, for example ... 

With the pandemic still forcing us to curb our socialization, my family has found its groove in board games. Board games are coming back. My wife and I were shopping at Kohl’s recently when I stumbled across a kiosk of board games. The “Exploding Kittens” card game, “Oregon Trail” board game…