By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 07/05/2013 Editorial
During Memorial Day weekend, I imagine that many of you went to cookouts, ate hotdogs, visited the beach, boated on The River, attended memorial services and rode or walked in parades.
If not for a broken vase and a laceration requiring seven stitches, I might have done the same.
Instead, I spent part of my weekend involved in a personal memorial observance, and in a small, ragtag, but meaningful parade along the streets of Henrico.
My Memorial Day journey began when George Throop of Vancouver, Wash. – nearing the end of his own 4,500 mile, three-year walk across America – crossed the Huguenot Bridge into Henrico County and headed for Richmond along River Road.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 04/15/2013 Family Forum
Among some of my parenting peers, I am sure I was considered overly permissive in my child-rearing.
I was not strict on bedtimes; I let my girls get crazy dirty, wear jeans and t-shirts and do other 'unfeminine' things. On occasion I even let them listen to rap music, or join me at Legend Brewing for movie night.
But to my own three kids, I was always Cromagnon Mom – especially on the topic of teen-age driving.
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/28/2013 Family Forum
Sleep-deprived and overwhelmed, I warmed up a bottle and sat down to feed my son. At just four weeks old, my first-born had proven to be worth the wait. I glanced at the clock - it was 3 a.m. – and as I started to drift off, my eyes focused on the closet door.
I wonder what sound his head would make if I slammed him against the door?
I needed help.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 12/27/2012 Family Forum
If your New Year’s resolution is to slow down the pace of your family life, find some quiet moments and make more good memories, you may be in the market for some ideas about creating after-school and bedtime rituals.
In a back-to-school Family Forum column, we examined some ways that parents can build little rituals into the morning send-off routines, and suggested a couple of rituals to make the homecoming hours nicer as well, such as teatime and old-fashioned popcorn popping.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 11/18/2012 Family Forum
There is no good way to get the news that your daughter has died.
But looking back, I have to say I learned about Lanie’s accident in the best possible way.
I went to bed that Sunday evening around 10 p.m., and after trying unsuccessfully for an hour to drop off, I moved to the sunroom sofa to read. Although I can usually attribute trouble sleeping to late-afternoon caffeine, I was puzzled because I’d had none.
By Diann Ducharme, Citizen Columnist 10/25/2012 Family Forum
My husband and I enjoy live concerts, which for us usually entails a trip downtown to the National. We most recently went to see a critically acclaimed French electronic band called M83. I’d heard a few of their songs before, but I wasn’t sure what to expect of a live show. Lots of freaky lights, I guessed, and people a lot younger than us.
I was right on both counts. Even in the disco-ball darkness, I could tell that we were surrounded by a generation of people closer in age to our 12-year-old son than to us
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 08/23/2012 Family Forum
The summer wind-down has begun, and back-to-school season is shifting into high gear.
Whether the end of summer inspires dread (hectic mornings and homework struggles) or glee (more free time while the kids are in school) – or both – the start of a new school year is a good time for parents to pause and think for a moment about family culture and how to give children a sense of being supported and connected.
One of the best ways to provide this sense of security is to build little rituals into everyday family life – something that provides a momentary oasis of calm and predictability before (and after) your child goes out into the world.
By Diann Ducharme, Citizen Columnist 08/16/2012 Editorial
I didn’t know Lanie Kruszewski. But I really wish I had.
A memorial service was held for her on Aug. 3; mourners packed the auditorium of Maggie Walker Governor’s School, where Lanie had attended high school. Even though I arrived just a few minutes late, I was obliged to stand in the lobby, for the seats and the standing room inside the auditorium had been occupied, I surmised, long before. Even so, I couldn’t miss the many stories told of a remarkable and memorable young woman.
By Diann Ducharme, Citizen Columnist 08/13/2012 Family Forum
My dad’s name is Norman, so of course people called him “Stormin’ Norman.” And the moniker fit him perfectly, for he was a proud and successful business owner and undisputed head of my four-member household.
Though he could be quite sentimental, generous and affectionate with his “girls,” he was mostly stubborn, opinionated, judgmental and foul-mouthed (usually while working in the garage). He was also a very hard worker and had a hard time relaxing, even at the family beach house. He possessed the highest of standards not only for himself but for everyone in his orbit.
- More Henrico News
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital celebrated its 45th anniversary Sept. 10 with a Parisian-market-themed picnic featuring French foods, mimes, children’s activities and a history of nursing tent.
On hand to celebrate were a number of young “alumni” of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), who had a chance to reunite with the nurses and doctors who cared for them as newborns. > Read more.
An Eastern Henrico church is encouraging community members to hang ribbons in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. > Read more.
Davina Ariana Seoparsan of Glen Allen (pictured above) recently won the title of National U.S.A. Ambassador Junior Teen. A rising sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program at J. R. Tucker High School, Seoparsan also won the talent, spokesmodel, actress, modeling, academic and volunteer service awards. > Read more.
Holiday events are in full swing this weekend in eastern Henrico! The Henrico Theatre will show the holiday classic “Elf” and the Concert Ballet of Virginia will perform a shortened version of “The Nutcracker” at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. On Sunday the North Airport Drive Civic Association’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Fire Station #3. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
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