Croll: The Key to Surviving 24/7 with Your Kids? Setting Boundaries

The word “boundary” has always had a negative connotation for me. I put “boundary” in the same category as “diet” or “budget”—a limit. I have never been a big fan of limits. Maybe it is because I grew up in New York where speed limits were considered optional. However, since quarantine began, I have developed a newfound appreciation for the concept of boundaries.

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Croll: Watching a Parent Die Through a Window

I never could have imagined two of the most horrific events in my lifetime—my father dying and a global pandemic—would happen simultaneously. My father’s slide downhill began this past Christmas Eve when he experienced shortness of breath while trying to wrap a gift. Several hospital stays and five months later, my dad now lives in an assisted living facility and last week we put him on hospice.

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Croll: Got pain? Break Up with Sugar

I’m having my left hip replaced this week because of a degenerative bone condition with which I was diagnosed 17 years ago. I was in enough pain last June to have my hip replaced then, but my stubborn “I’ll tough it out” attitude, a demanding home life and two pre-paid summer vacations resulted in me scheduling the surgery for mid-November when it would be less disruptive. At the time, five months didn’t seem like a long time to wait.

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Why School Board Elections Matter This Year (A Lot)

Whether or not you have children enrolled in Loudoun County Public Schools, the upcoming general election is an important one. At least six of the nine seated School Board members will be new since six current board members, myself included, are not running for re-election. It takes five votes to pass any legislation, policies or other action items so the new School Board will likely have a tremendous impact on the future of public education in our county. The quality of our schools attracts not only homeowners but businesses like Amazon and Google.

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