Life Lessons from The Sims

This past week, Story has discovered The Sims, specifically The Sims Pets. As you may know, my daughter loves video games and has even tried her hand at making her own (it’s a work in progress), but when she asked for the Sims, I wondered why. She doesn’t care for video games, TV shows, or movies with people. She’s all about the animals. But when she told me she could create and train pets, I got it. And I approved it. What I didn’t expect was how addicted she became to the people and their lives . . . and how much she would learn from them. (more…)

Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Aioli

This year, the NHN family traveled to Tampa. It was the girls’ first time seeing the ocean, and while they marveled at its wonder, I marveled at a particular crab soup from a local restaurant, Frenchy’s. This soup was heaven on earth. To my dismay, Maddie felt the same and ate quite a bit of my soup that she insisted she was just sampling. I could have eaten a vat of that soup. When it came time for my turn to make our monthly dinner in September, I was still thinking about it. (more…)

9 News Stories from 2017 That Inspire

This year had a lot of bad news, a lot of confusing news, and a lot of news that just didn’t need to be told. But, especially on Christmas, it’s important to remember that the world is not made up of these bad stories. There are a lot of good people out there still doing things that are fantastic and noteworthy. In remembrance of those good people of 2017 whose selfless, heroic, and charitable stories made their way to our newspapers, here are nine of the top heartwarming news stories of 2017. (more…)