Nurture Her Nature

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…)

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…)

Pets for Christmas Gifts

Christmas is the time for giving, and what could be a better gift than a PUPPY?! Or a kitten. Or any other pet of your choice. We’ve all seen pictures of the golden puppy with a red bow, well behaved in its box, just waiting to be opened and shower its love. I’m just as much a sucker for puppies as the next animal lover, and I admit to turning to pictures of puppies several times over the course of this tough year to get a quick dose of happiness. But before you wrap up a living, breathing being, please consider the realities and consequences of such a gift. (more…)