After the Kids Leave http://afterthekidsleave.com First, we rent out their rooms... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:46:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Seder to remember: Our family’s Haggadahhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/30/a-seder-to-remember-our-familys-haggadah/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/30/a-seder-to-remember-our-familys-haggadah/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:00:55 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21141 Dear Wendy, Here’s something you might not know about me: many years ago, I wrote a Haggadah—the order of service used in the Passover Seder. That’s not a remarkable feat in itself—there are many versions, most far more learned than mine—but as far as I know, mine is the only one written by a non-Jewish […]

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Sunday videos are so…http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/29/sunday-videos-are-so/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/29/sunday-videos-are-so/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:34:41 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21099 Dear Readers, That’s so….fluffy! That’s so…touching And this is so…silly, and hopefully untrue. Karen & Wendy

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Say again? Midlife hearing losshttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/27/midlife-hearing-loss/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/27/midlife-hearing-loss/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:00:09 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21130 Dear Wendy, Many years ago, Mitchell had a favourite “joke” he liked to play: whenever anyone mentioned hearing loss, he’d cup his hand around his ear and say, “Pardon?” to get them to repeat what they’d just said. Yeah, I know. A veritable laff riot. But it amused him…until his own hearing began to deteriorate. […]

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Oh, quack off, Philhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/26/oh-quack-off-phil/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/26/oh-quack-off-phil/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:46:17 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21113 Dear Karen, Have you ever heard of Duck Dynasty?  It’s a reality TV show about a family who made its fortune by carving bespoke duck calls for hunters.  They look like they’re in a ZZ Top tribute band, which is kind of cool; their beards are amazingly long, and from what I’ve seen of the […]

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Awesome Advice Central: The sin of TMIhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/25/awesome-advice-central-the-sin-of-tmi/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/25/awesome-advice-central-the-sin-of-tmi/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:00:04 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21105 Dear Awesome Advice Central, When a waiter comes to our table of 8, announcing, “Hi guys, my name is Buster, I’m your waiter for this evening, how are you all?” is it really necessary that each of us offer up a reply? I’ve always been under the impression these sorts of questions are pure courtesy, […]

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The little dresser that couldhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/24/the-little-dresser-that-could/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/24/the-little-dresser-that-could/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:00:19 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21084 Dear Wendy, Once upon a time there was a wooden dresser. It was a humble piece of furniture, built in a Canadian factory in the early 1900s, fashioned out of birchwood. It had just a little bit of embellishment: graceful curved legs, a simple etched design on the doors, pretty metal fittings. It was a […]

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The reluctant school volunteerhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/23/wendy-the-reluctant-school-volunteer/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/23/wendy-the-reluctant-school-volunteer/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:04:10 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21062 Dear Karen, Years ago, I worked in at Glenealy Junior School in Hong Kong.  I didn’t mean to work there.  I didn’t even particularly want to. But my darling son, aged 6, thought it was a great idea to volunteer me for every school outing, party and in-class event that came down the pike.  I’d […]

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Sunday Videos: Fun!http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/22/sunday-videos-fun/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/22/sunday-videos-fun/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:02:23 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21056 Dear Readers, This week, we just want to have fun.  And yes, these videos fit the bill by making us smile, wonder, and in some cases, say “ahhhhhhh”. We hope this dog got adopted by owners who are smart enough to hide their car keys.  And their cars. Soap bubbles.  Giant soap bubbles.  Which are […]

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Spring into walking!http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/21/spring-into-walking/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/21/spring-into-walking/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:04:50 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21051 So how was your winter? Here in central Canada, it’s been cold. Damn cold. The kind of cold where your nose hairs freeze when  you go outside. Your eyes water from the wind, and the tears freeze on your cheeks. Your skin actually hurts when the wind blows. Or even when it doesn’t. In fact, […]

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Claims of satanic abuse proved false – at last, sanity reignshttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/20/claims-of-satanic-abuse-proved-false-at-last-sanity-reigns/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/03/20/claims-of-satanic-abuse-proved-false-at-last-sanity-reigns/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:00:39 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21045 Dear Readers, Remember how we promised we weren’t going to talk about the whole Karen and Wendy are Satanists thing again?  How we washed our hands of the whole bizarre experience, and that we’d stand by our conclusion that accusations of satanic abuse are harmful to the very children that the accusers claim to be […]

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