Tag Archives: parenting/family

  • Book Review – Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat

    By Michelle Hutchinson Dr. David Dosa is skeptical when the nurses and aides at Steere House, the nursing and rehabilitation center with which he is affiliated, tell him that Oscar, one of their resident cats, can predict a patient’s death. After all, Dosa had been trained in the sciences. His medical education had no explanation […]

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  • New Movie, Max, Honors Military Dogs

    By Michelle Hutchinson In today’s complex world, sometimes it’s hard to know whom you can trust. That was not the case for fictional Marine Corporal Kyle Wincott and his bomb/gun/ammo-sniffing military dog, Max, in the aptly named Warner Bros. movie, Max, which is scheduled to open in theaters tomorrow. Due to connections to a network […]

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  • Tribute to a Family Pet

    by Michelle Hutchinson Long after my kids were too old to care when I came home from work and dash to the door to greet me, my dog still did…that is, until she got too deaf to hear me, too blind to see me, and too arthritic to run. For the past couple of years, […]

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  • Asheville: More Than a Writer’s Retreat

    by Michelle Hutchinson The older kids get, the less time they like to spend with their parents. So I was thrilled when my 20-year-old recently asked me if I wanted to get away for a mother-daughter weekend. With summer temperatures rising in Atlanta, we headed for Asheville, NC, in the Appalachian Mountains. As an editor, […]

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  • Parenting: Making the Consequences Fit the Actions

    by Michelle Hutchinson Image source: http://mrg.bz/ZbvKYv When our now-adult son was a child, he developed the irritating habit of expressing his anger by going to his bedroom and slamming the door behind him. Explaining to him that door-slamming was not an acceptable way to deal with his emotions did nothing to break him of the […]

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  • Parenting Sometimes Means Changing the Rules

    by Michelle Hutchinson Image source: Lisa Schaffer, http://ow.ly/e8ee2 Parenting is tough, no doubt about it. We set boundaries for our children and make rules for them too, but sometimes those rules need to be adjusted a bit. That point hit home when my son was a toddler and we had taught him that it was […]

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  • How Stay-at-Home Parents Can Market Themselves for Return to Paid Employment

    Many stay-at-home moms (and dads too) have been out of the paid workforce for so long that they think they’re not employable. They’re mistaken. This week, my good friend Jeff Sheehan, of Sheehan Marketing Strategies, asked me to write a post to help stay-at-home parents highlight their skills on their resumes so that hiring managers […]

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  • Why a Hockey Mom Refused to Wear a Team Shirt

    By Michelle Hutchinson You know those obnoxious moms who loudly cheer on their kids’ teams from the sidelines, always clothe themselves in the teams’ spirit wear, and hit up all the other parents for end-of-season gifts for the coaches? That used to be me. Hockey was the sport in our family. My son grew up […]

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  • May All the Lights of the Season Shine upon You

    by Michelle Hutchinson Several years ago, my kids told me they were cashews. That’s right—cashews: children born of one Catholic and one Jewish parent. In our house, we celebrate Christian and Jewish holidays, so when Hanukkah falls in December, as it often does, our home is overrun with lights, those from the electric menorah on […]

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Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper

Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper

I've never been one to follow conventional wisdom—at least when it doesn't make sense to me—and I'm not about to start now. Conventional wisdom says to limit your blog to one topic (e.g., writing) or to related topics (e.g., writing, reading, publishing), but my interests are too diverse.

While a good deal of this blog will be devoted to writing, editing, and resumes, I'll also explore topics in health, science, education, and a smattering of other areas. After all, I'm not only an editor and writer, but I am or have been a dentist, teacher, naval officer, environmental researcher, wife, parent, and pet owner.

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