Teaching the Kids Classical Music Appreciation… With Tchaikovsky’s Cannons

How do you teach them to enjoy classical music? Tell the stories behind the tunes. … Read More Teaching the Kids Classical Music Appreciation… With Tchaikovsky’s Cannons

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The Dangers of Falling Asleep Early

I am rudely awakened by my wife, who has just returned from working the evening shift at the hospital. She says in frustration: “You weren’t watching the kids?” I get up immediately shaking the sleep out of my eyes. 12:30 AM. And the two youngest kids are not in bed.

“What happened? What did they do?” I say. Grogginess disappears with the expectation of disaster.

“Take a look,” she says with hands indicating the stairway and the carpet. … Read More The Dangers of Falling Asleep Early

10 Tips for Surviving a Week-Long Cruise

From July 24 to the 31st, my family and the entire North America-based Iringan clan had the privilege to take a week-long cruise to sunny Alaska aboard the MV Amsterdam, one of the older ships belonging to the Holland America Line. It was fun! But there were things I wish I’d known before I boarded. Here are 10 tips to better prepare for your cruise.… Read More 10 Tips for Surviving a Week-Long Cruise