Susan Day

Susan Swindell Day is editor in chief of this publication and the mom of four great kids.

Gobble, Gobble

Soon enough we’ll be going over the river and through the woods, or rather over Mont Eagle and the Tennessee River to grandmother’s house in North Carolina for Thanksgiving. This will be the first year in YEARS that we’ve actually left home for Thanksgiving. We’ll be eating at The Carolina Inn and I’ve got to… Read more »

Christmas: Bring It!

Maybe it’s because things are so busy and nutty and maybe it’s because my family is always going in several different places at the same time (sports! plays! music! school! work!) but I’m ready to start decorating for Christmas! Yikes. That’s not like me. I usually hold off until after Thanksgiving. Especially because we always… Read more »

Scary’s Not Good For Tots

I have two big boys and one little boy and the little boy wants to be cool like the big boys. So when they came home with scary masks for Halloween, I thought …. hmmmm. What have we done? I mean, why does my little guy have to have a scary mask? Why can’t he… Read more »

My Boy’s New Wings

I had a great teacher conference this past week. My third-grade boy has a marvelous teacher this year, one who has seen it all, worked in administration, taught in college and in numerous other grades … but she has chosen this year to teach in 3rd. “I love third graders!,” she sang to me and… Read more »

Boys 2 Men

While the homecoming float is built in my backyard (if you’ve never volunteered to be a homecoming float site, let me tell you, you should!) and kids crawl all over the place with paper flowers, Sharpies, scissors, chicken wire, wood, paint and other assorted arts and crafts thingamabobs, I hear screaming. Screaming like a banshee…. Read more »

I Love You Should Be Said

It amazes me to realize just how much DAILY LOVE my children require!  If I’m grouchy and impatient, if I’m irritable or unkind, everybody is thrown off at my house. If I am loving, affectionate, kind and empathetic, we hum right along. Do moms and dads require huge doses of daily love too? I think… Read more »

Longing for Diaper Days

I have been thinking of late just how easy being Mom was when my children were babies. No kidding. And I know that’s cold comfort to first-time moms and dads. You who are going through the morning, day and night of the high maintenance mode babies require … you who are on call constantly and… Read more »

Mama Duck

Looking out my office window at the ducks on the lake, I think, if only I were a duck! I could swim all day and that would be that. I’d have a quacking family, but the most we’d tussle over would be bits of bread tossed our way. The ducklings would not be able to… Read more »

Kids Should Learn to Write at Home

I decided to cold test my kids’ writing abilities. Granted we’d been off all summer, but it didn’t seem that I was asking too much of my soon-to-be-seventh-grader. Just a one-page review of the book he’d just finished, and a bit of structure to show that he knows a beginning, middle and end. Disaster.  My… Read more »


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