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Joni Hirsch Blackman
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Joni Hirsch Blackman has been a newspaper and magazine journalist for 30 years. The author of two books, she is also mom to three mostly-grown children (and two Shelties.) Though some would call her and her husband “empty nesters,” she prefers to look at their nest as half full.

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Boomers Help Pet Services Boom

0 Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 5:07 PM

Nicknamed after a human baby phenomenon, baby boomers have now created another, albeit smaller, baby boom. Now that our babies are grown up, we've got pet products booming.

The American Pet Products Association recently reported Americans spent more than ever before -- almost $51 billion -- on...

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The Short Way, Through Harrisburg

1 Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 11:47 AM

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I didn't think I'd ever heard of Harrisburg, IL. When a tornado hit that small town and killed 6 people earlier this week, I thought about the strong winds I'd heard that night, but the name of the town 300 miles away didn't...
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Mom Can't Let Go... of Her Boxes

1 Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 10:52 AM

Am I a hoader or an addict? I'm not sure. Maybe UPS or FedEx could figure it out and post it on their website FAQs.

The thing is, I've recently become rather fond of boxes. Empty boxes.

It began when the kids started leaving for college...

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Facebook: If I Resist Social Media Will My Social Life Plummet?

104 Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 9:19 AM

To Facebook or not to Facebook: I never thought that was the question.

For someone whose job keeps her on the computer, the answer was clear. The last thing I needed was yet another reason to stay in front of a screen.

Plus, my teenage kids didn't want me...

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Empty Nest: Life After My Children Moved Out

26 Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 1:29 PM

The day your youngest child leaves for college is something like the day your eldest was born: You know the day is coming, but you aren't completely sure how you'll handle it when it arrives.

When I was pregnant with my first child, dozens of people warned me, "Your life...

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