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It took THIS to get my family to unplug

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

No drone of the air conditioner could be heard. No television blared in the background. Not even the familiar hum of the refrigerator or a solitary screen saver could be detected. The sacred wedge of silence was magical, entrancing and wholly alien to those huddled upon the floor and sofa.

The Purple of Penance

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 05.27.2012 | Comedy
Melinda Wentzel

My injured toe is perhaps the most repulsive-looking appendage on the planet. But it's colorful. I'll give it that. Just in time for Easter, it's a feast of pigmentation.

A Decade of Enlightenment: Ten Things Parenthood Has Taught Me

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 04.29.2012 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

I've been a parent for some 8,710 days. During that period of time I learned more about sleep deprivation, sibling rivalry and teen angst than I previously considered humanly possible.

Know Thyself, Hamster Mom

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 04.22.2012 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

I'm no Tiger Mom. In actuality, I'm more of a Hamster Mom -- fond of delicious wedges of sleep and given to cuddling (and likely coddling) my brood in lieu of demanding perfection from them 24/7.

V Is For Valentine's Day

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 04.15.2012 | Women
Melinda Wentzel

'V' is for the valiant deeds you do as a matter of course -- like traipsing through our home in the dead of night in your underwear to find the source of mysterious sounds that frighten me.