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Family Reunion - 1/26/08


Welcome to "Family Reunion", the weekly recap for the Family Ties group.  We increased to 212 members this week.  Additionally, we moved from 1137 up to 1204 posts! Welcome to all new members, and thanks to those who posted!  Keep in mind that any member of the group can invite other members to join. 

BRIEF SIDE NOTE: While I appreciate the fact that many of our members like posting to the group, please try to keep it on subject at least tangentially.  I had to remove a lot of posts this week because they were completely off-topic.  I am really lenient, but please try to refrain from posting market reports, HTML lessons, etc.  I want to maintain the integrity of the group as much as possible.  Thanks!


Below is a selection of my some of my favorite posts to appear within the group over the past week or so, including one of my own.  If you like any of the posts below, please consider subscribing to the author's blog.  You will not be disappointed, I assure you.  I subscribe to all of the bloggers included here. 



 Father and Son Bonding by Adam Waldman

  1. Step one - Get some Kleenex and keep them handy.
  2. Step two - Read Adam's post about some special time with his son.  Make sure you watch the videos.





Funny, True Story --"It's All in How You Ask"   by Cynthia Tilghman

After reading Adam's poignant post, this one should provide a good laugh.  I enjoyed it and it surprised me, which is probably the essence of good humor.




Happy Birthday To My Dad !    by Karen Anne Stone

Karen Anne's tribute post to her father was touching.  He reminds me a lot of my own grandfather.   






Inspired by my Toaster  AND Do Your Kids Hank Like My Kids Hank? 
 by Martin Abeshaus

Martin scored a double feature this week.  I have mentioned on a couple of Martin's posts that I think he and I approach parenting in a similar way.  These fun posts confirm it.





Why I do what I do...To Feel Something More Powerful Than Me ....   by Elena Thurston 

This is the first post that I have ever read by Elena, but I subscribed to her blog.  I like both the message and the writing. 




College? I'm Not Ready Yet!   by Kathy Passarette

Kathy's post may require you to get the Kleenex back out.  She shares her son's college admission essay, which he clearly wrote straight from the heart.





Day Trips from Scottsdale: The Phoenix Mountain Preserve   by Paul Slaybaugh

Paul takes us on a midnight ride to the preserve.  Actually, it was in the middle of the day. 






Childhood Baseball Memories by Jason Crouch

I enjoyed sharing some old photos of myself when I was seven, along with a few stray memories. 




If you haven't joined or even visited the group yet, here is the description that I wrote there to give you some idea of what we are all about:

First question: Is this a fan club for the 80's sitcom? No. I just wanted to think of something memorable for this group. This is meant to be a fun place to escape the daily drama of the real estate industry. Please feel free to post any family stories or lessons here. We envision this as a great place to share funny stories about kids, marriage, siblings, parenting, or anything family-related. Posts may relate business to family life, or they may be about striking a healthy balance between career and life. Welcome to Family Ties!

So come on over and check it out!  We're like one big happy family in this great group!  If you aren't visiting this group, I can assure you are missing out on some terrific writing.  I look forward to seeing you there.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!


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