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Kathy Tofflemire


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Tofflemire: Yikes! Now grandson is a teenager

It’s official. I’m now the grandmother of a teenager. My older grandson celebrated his 13th birthday a few weeks ago.


Parenting Perspectives: Artistic gene follows the Y chromosome

The artist gene in my family seems to run through the Y chromosome. My father could draw, and both of my brothers were true artists. My mother and I? Not so much.


Tofflemire: Enjoying an anti-social life

I’m now 62 years old, and my status as a curmudgeon notwithstanding, I have come to the conclusion that I am anti-social.


Tofflemire: The ages of cool - or not

My daughter is a cool mom, or so she says. She likes to interact with her sons’ friends and believes they find her entertaining.


Tofflemire: Please pass the popcorn PressPass

I texted my nearly 40-year-old daughter some weeks back to tell her that “The Smurfs” movie was at what we affectionately call “the cheap theater.” I also told her that I would not go with her to see it. “That’s just smurfy,” she replied.


Parenting perspectives: Suddenly, I see that I've 'arrived'

My pastor likes to tease people during Sunday services. It’s his thing. I usually describe him to others as a spiritual adviser and standup comedian.


Parenting Perspectives: Women, we still have a long way to go PressPass

Women belong in the House – and in the Senate. That’s an old line from a long time ago – a time when I subscribed to Ms. magazine and stood shoulder to shoulder with women across North Dakota at the state Capitol as we fought for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.


Parenting Perspectives: ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ real scary TV

During my summer staycation, I watched some scary television: aliens from outer space in “Falling Skies,” disturbing hoarders, a teen werewolf, and B- and C-list celebrities in rehab with Dr. Drew. But the most frightening program for me was TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras.”


Parenting Perspectives: Grandma’s sporting life PressPass

I love watching my oldest grandson play baseball. First, because he’s good at it.


Parenting Perspectives: Is Bugs Bunny too violent?

Warner Bros has brought back the Looney Tunes characters on the Cartoon Network. Apparently in the new versions, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are roommates. What?


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Parenting Perspectives: Grandma a spoiling machine PressPass

“I’m hungry,” my grandson announced as he left the park playground – not an unusual announcement from this growing 6-year-old.


Parenting Perspectives: Grandmas unite - take pride in title PressPass

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. So wrote the Bard of Avon.


For kids, promote lessons on aging PressPass

My 6-year-old grandson and I were returning to his home after a trip to Kmart. My mind wandered, and I drove right past the driveway.


A few tips for USD visit PressPass

Not to put any undo pressure on the University of South Dakota. But take it from a reporter who has years of experience on this subject: When it comes to a conference site visit, the only thing you can do is screw it up.

NDSU coach’s wife recovers from stroke PressPass

It seemed like just another Sunday morning in late November. Jason and Lynn Miller, a young couple with a young child, were going about their business.

In Year 2, ‘Summit Plan’ staying on track PressPass

It was 18 months ago when the “Summit Plan” was part of The Summit League’s name change from the Mid-Continent Conference. It was an initiative to upgrade facilities, budgets and staffing at every school.

Coaching carousel in motion PressPass

It was about one year ago when North Dakota State football fans were wondering when they were going to lose their head football coach.

Thundar gaining fame nationally PressPass

He’s a quiet, intellectual kid whose major study of field at North Dakota State is mathematical-based. But that’s not important right now. In fact, we don’t care what his name is.


Vukelich inspired in life PressPass

The football was deflated from its pumped-up heyday. It was a yellowish color that had player autographs from the 1965 North Dakota State national championship team.

Playing UND risky venture for Salukis PressPass

Dale Lennon spent 23 years at the University of North Dakota, both as a player and a coach. This week, he was pronoun challenged.