A Fresh New View

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in travel, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Most of the time when I drive through the downtown business district of Elkin, I’m passing through on my way to somewhere else. I drive past the small businesses, the offices and the restaurants on my way to a meeting at the library, or to drop off a kid at guitar lessons, or just to get from my house to the movie theaters in the neighboring town of Jonesville. Yesterday was different. Rather than hurrying to a specific location for a meeting...

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April Adventures

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Family, Parenting, travel |

If you asked me in any given year, I would say April is a pretty uneventful month for the Alley family. There aren’t any birthdays, big occasions like the first or last day of school, or weather-related events like sledding or swimming. It’s just a month of days where we go to school or work, do our chores around the house, and live life in ordinary days. But now that we are at the beginning of May, I took the opportunity to look back at the...

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A Little Exposure Goes a Long Way

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Family, Parenting, travel | 2 comments

When I was in the 8th grade, my class trip to Raleigh included a stop at Four Seasons Mall in Greensboro. I will never forget overhearing one boy exclaim in excitement about his first ride on an escalator. Having lived in Atlanta as a child, and traveled with my parents to other cities, escalators were no big deal to me. Now I am a parent, raising my children in a small town. We moved here because we like the sense of community a small town...

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Field Trips Aren’t Just for Kids

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Friends, Gardening, travel | 2 comments

My kids are in the first and fourth grade. Which goes without saying, I’ve been on my share of field trips over the past few years. We’ve gone to farms, Grandfather Mountain, the North Carolina Zoo, Catawba Science Center, and the Winston-Salem Children’s Museum, just to name a few. For all of them, I was glad I had been sometime before in my life, because when you go with a bunch of kids, all but one that aren’t yours, you spend most of your...

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