Author Archives: Jill Barville

When Parents SHOULDN’T Put Down the Phone

When my son Ian was small, whenever he talked to me he craved my undivided attention, with unbroken eye contact, preferably accompanied by head nods and verbal acknowledgement. If I was half-listening, like I often did while reading the paper over … Continue reading

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Parenting Boys to Prevent Sexual Assault

Last week when I read the article in Sunday’s paper about Idaho campuses targeting sexual assault, I held my breath for a moment, the way I always do when I read statistics about assault. I have a daughter. The article by … Continue reading

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Behind the Book Review

Today, my friend Cindy Hval blogged about the first bad review she’s received for her book, War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation. In one scathing sentence on Goodreads a woman named Frances Fuller claimed that the book bored her so much … Continue reading

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Long, rich love affair with Joe

I love coffee. My affair with java began as unrequited longing during childhood. My dad made it black every morning as he headed to his home office, its aroma a gentle wake-up that wafted into my room. But I wasn’t allowed to … Continue reading

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Teenager isn’t a Dirty Word

This week my youngest turns 13. He’s my third child to enter the teenage years, dropping the dependence of childhood like a coat that chafes at the collar and strains at the seams. With only a few glances back, he’ll … Continue reading

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Why so Many Youth Sports Officials Quit

‘Come on, ref.” The parent on the sideline threw his hands up in frustration. “That wasn’t a foul!” A few minutes later the complaint flipped, like a coin. “Come on, ref. Call that!” It’s a soundtrack that could have come from … Continue reading

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Researching College Running Programs

Now that our son is a junior in high school and receiving recruiting letters, he’s started looking into college running programs. Like most competitive athletes, he wants to run for one of the best programs where he can make the … Continue reading

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Stats for High School and Collegiate Runners

Statistics for cross country and track athletes are pretty simple. They measure distance and time. How fast can the athlete run from start to finish line? For the casual athlete, like me, a running spreadsheet or social media site like dailymile is a … Continue reading

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