MY LIFE - Awaiting the 'Polar Express'

The headline in large print across the front page of last week's Breeze immediately caught my attention: "Author Van Allsburg coming to Woonsocket for 'Polar Express,'" and my little heart almost... more

THE RECIPE BOX - Bring these cranberry pecan bars to your next holiday get-together

SMITHFIELD - They've long been praised as a super food due to a high antioxidant and nutrient level. But the cranberry dates back to Native Americans and times when cranberries were used not only... more

TRADITIONAL PARENTING - Don't push academics on preschoolers

Courtesy of my friend and parent coach Janet Neal (, comes an interesting story: The parents of a 4-year-old girl went to a preschool parent conference to learn from her... more

REEL LIFE WITH JANE - 'Mockingjay, Part 1' lays the groundwork for the last 'Hunger Games' movie

I feel like "The Hunger Games" franchise doesn't have quite the rabid fanbase as "Twilight" or "Harry Potter" or "Lord of the Rings." Still, about 90 people showed up for the midnight showing of "The... more

SMART MOVES - Learn how to edit your possessions for a better sale

A couple in their mid-60s were excited to sell their house and move to a condo they'd carefully chosen. But these empty-nesters also realized the necessity and the enormity of sorting through the... more