For most birthdays, Father’s Day, Christmas and the like, I sit down with my children and help them make a craft for the recipient. Even when they were toddlers they made their own crafts. One year I painted their little bottoms and made two impressions on paper. These colorful, cheeky prints formed a “butt”erfly.

I’ve always been partial to gifts made with love. That is something my mom instilled in me. However, it wasn’t always like that. One year my mother sensed the world might have been getting tired of potholders, candles and paintings produced by her budding artist, me…


When I was pregnant a friend of mine gave me the book, Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney. I put it on the bookshelf in my daughter’s room and waited for her to become old enough to read it to her.

The book has evolved into something quite special in our home. It depicts the story of Little Nutbrown Hare and his companion, Big Nutbrown Hare. The little hare continues to say how much he loves Big Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare responds with something twice that size.

Finally, Little Nutbrown Hare says, “I love you…


Many years ago I found myself back in the dating scene. The climate and networking tools had changed significantly since my lasting dating endeavors. While separated from my first husband I met my boyfriend of almost four years somewhat accidentally. I was at a bar, smacked him on the bum and handed him my business card. However, I was quite a dysfunctional girlfriend to him and that relationship ended.

So, in our present dating environment (almost three years ago) I found myself learning new networking skills and meeting quite a few new people. I suffer from a bit of co-dependency…

Samantha Rice

I'm a mother of four young adults and six fabulous canine furbabies. My career is in Market Research. I am an avid volunteer.

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