Category Archives: Claire

What if it were my kid? What if it were yours?

by Claire Mathias Ten years ago, my son was born with a hole in his heart. I will never forget the cardiologist’s visit in the hospital. He listened to my son’s heart, put his large hand over my baby’s tiny … Continue reading

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Tumfork and Wuv

by Claire Mathias First, a few definitions: Tumfork (tuhm-fohrk) Chemmlish for “comfort.”  Chemmlish (ch pronounced as in “chicken”) A language developed by my mother and her sister – Sallie and Enid Cheavens (rhymes with heavens). Wuv (wuhv)  A warmer, fuzzier version of … Continue reading

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School’s out for summer (almost)! Are you ready?

by Claire Mathias I’m not sure I’m ready for summer, y’all! Here are just a few things that I’m fretting about: Now that my kiddo is a little older, he can bike to friends’ houses in the neighborhood. Will he … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous (My Favorite Word)

by Claire Mathias While taking a walk and searching for today’s topic, I came up with a number of ideas, but as I thought each out, I rejected them for a variety of reasons. For instance, spring. What’s not to … Continue reading

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Candy canes and fudge and cookies, oh my!

by Claire Mathias This is the time of year where there will be sweets wherever we look. It starts with an innocent candy cane. Next up, peppermint brownies and lime meltaways (thank you Martha Stewart!). Last but not least,

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Black Belts and Beginnings

by Claire Mathias This Saturday, my kiddo tests for his black belt at the Austin Kung Fu Academy. Just two weeks ago he moved up to the 10-14 year-old class, even though he is just 9, and it has been … Continue reading

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Hot, hot, hot!

by Claire Mathias As I write this, it is 102 degrees with an expected high of 107. And the rest of this week?      Wed: 106!!      Thurs: 103!      Friday: 102!     Saturday: a refreshing 99! As a sign of what the heat … Continue reading

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