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Modern Family: Season 4, Episode 24 – “Goodnight Gracie”

KIP MOONEY: It’s been a little more than two months since my grandfather passed away. I miss him every day, some days more than others. What usually makes me sad are the fragments of things he said that come to…

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Modern Family: Planes, Trains & Cars

KIP MOONEY: This week’s installment was just a great, low-stakes bit of comfort food. There were no big speeches or anything that was howlingly funny. It was just a consistently chuckle-filled half hour, and sometimes sitcoms need those.

After Lily…

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Ballpark Food

SHARON CHAPMAN: Ballpark food is important to me. I live in Central New Jersey, and when I travel to Citi Field to see the Mets it’s a commute of approximately two hours each way (and that’s if I don’t miss a train connection!). When you factor in 3-4 hours for a ballgame, you figure that I’m out of the house roughly 8 hours or so when I go to meet the Mets. Thus, I need more than popcorn to get me through a ballgame.

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: Like Sharon, I am a generally healthy eater. But I have a weakness for ballgame food. As a rule, I cannot attend a baseball game at Minute Maid Park in Houston without a hot dog, and it must have ketchup, mustard and relish on it. There’s really nothing special about the dogs (although the sausage dog is pretty amazing), but I have to have one anyway.

And not just any food will do. I generally travel with my husband and/or my teenage son. And I lost 40 pounds on Weight Watchers over the past couple of years, so healthy food choices are near and dear to my heart. Continue reading

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Baby Names

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I figured it might be useful during this discussion to have a look at some of the most popular Baby Names of 2009. It is fascinating to see the naming trends being created and followed by new parents.

AKIE BERMISS: In the Bermiss family we have no illusions about having popular names. My parents, black radicals in the 70s who decided settling down and raising a family would be the most radical move, acted out their revolutionary fantasies by giving us all African and Arabic first names. And, while I go by “Akie” most of the time, my full name is actually: ‘Aamir Lee Bermiss. And, of course, my first and last names are not pronounce AT ALL like how they are spelled. Needless to say I spent quite a few years trying to correct teachers and administrators over and over again before I came upon the provenance of a simple, yet still peculiar, nickname in “Akie.”

And its been smooth sailing ever since. Continue reading

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A-Rod’s Cousin: Blood is Thicker Than Water/Steroids Are Thicker Than Blood!


To refuse his cousin’s offer would have been unconscionably rude, not to mention weak, because it would have meant missing out on strength-building steroids.


MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Many years ago during a visit with family, my great-uncle told us…

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