Denise Roundy

Denise posted 48 stories to Kitsap Daily News.
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A standing ovation for you parents | Roundabout

For some reason, my 19-year-old was watching “Thomas the Tank Engine” this…

  • Sep 15th, 2017 11:43am

Road Trippin’ | RoundAbout

It’s Friday the 13th before a three-day weekend, and I’ve got itchy…

  • Jan 27th, 2017 10:49am

Calling all losers! (Yes, I’m talking to you) | Roundabout

That’s right, I called you a loser. You are a loser, right?…

  • Nov 18th, 2016 9:41am

I am From | Roundabout

Our Libby just graduated from high school. She’s our third, so we’ve done this before. But it wasn’t until this time around that I realized I don’t love it when my kids graduate from high school. In fact, it occurred to me that I’ve been tricked.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 8:55pm

Bringing a hotdish to the potluck | Roundabout

My teenagers came home and said they needed to bring a hotdish to an event. Hotdish?

  • Dec 18th, 2015 9:48pm

Busy summer for North Kitsap firefighters

Last week, there was a wildfire west of Jefferson Beach Estates. Did you know locals were wandering around, by car and on foot, wondering where the smell of smoke was coming from?

  • Sep 8th, 2015 4:29pm

Spend the summer doing community service

Whatever your summer includes, here is an activity you may not have thought of that could be a great thing to teach your kids: service.

  • Jun 26th, 2015 10:20pm

Suddenly, the subject of the story became clear

One of my favorite stories happened when I was in high school, sitting next to my best friend, Lori.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 4:53pm

Prepare for the worst with a book, maybe a cake and craft supplies | Roundabout

I have a prickly dread of being isolated at home with a houseful of kids and a husband and nothing to do.

  • Jan 3rd, 2015 12:45am

There’s so many living legends still kickin’ | Roundabout

Hey, did you know we are living on the same planet as Olivia de Havilland?

  • Nov 14th, 2014 4:00pm

Summer days lead to day dreams | Roundabout

I was deep in the humorous mires of “Cold Comfort Farm,” when my 11-year-old came in.

  • Sep 4th, 2014 9:30pm

Keep ’em busy and your closet c lean | Roundabout

I guess I wasn’t decisive enough in getting rid of things during the last purge. Libby, however, does not have a problem with indecisiveness.

  • Jul 9th, 2014 2:00pm

Life turned out differently, but it’s still pretty satisfying | Roundabout

I’m sitting in my minivan with a Diet Coke, a book (never leave home without a book), my laptop, and just enough dark chocolate to keep me happy but not feeling too guilty. Maybe a little guilty

  • Jun 11th, 2014 2:00pm

Unlike a tribute, volunteering doesn’t have to be painful | Roundabout

What were you doing in September 1997? I was putting my first kindergartner on the bus to Gordon Elementary School

  • Apr 9th, 2014 2:00pm

Uncovering the truth about vanishing socks | Roundabout

“No matter how carefully I sort my socks, whenever I do my laundry there are always some missing. It seems to be a law of physics.” — Andy Warhol

  • Feb 4th, 2014 9:41pm

Avoid giving the wrong gift this season: give a book | Roundabout

The very best part of being the Book Aunt is when my nieces and nephews tell me what they thought of a book I gave them

  • Nov 22nd, 2013 7:52pm

Keeping that small-town feel | Roundabout

Some wonderful places to make little friendly connections.

  • Oct 4th, 2013 6:11pm

Lessons at the local pool | Roundabout

In 1995, our Jenna was 3 and starting her first set of swimming lessons... That was 18 years ago, and we’ve had kids in swimming lessons every year since.

  • Jul 29th, 2013 8:52pm

Bring on the band, and support for our schools | Roundabout

It’s Friday afternoon before Viking Fest, and I am getting ready for my seventh Kingston Middle School Band trip. I’m so excited!

  • Jun 6th, 2013 10:35pm

Ideas on making the world a sweeter place | Roundabout

Our lovely young friend Lia called last week. She asked Dirk if he’d take a peek at her taxes, make sure everything looked all right...To say thank you, Lia brought a 9x13 pan of brownies.

  • Apr 26th, 2013 7:35pm

The Bring-It-Back Pan | Roundabout

The brownies begat the lemon squares, and the lemon squares — with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a thank you note — begat the Bring-It-Back Pan.

  • Apr 1st, 2013 9:57pm

Dabbling in alchemy: A close call leads to phone call | Roundabout

I got to call Poison Control this morning. Oh, joy. Jacob, who is 9 — years, not months — proudly told me that last night he had mixed a variety of lotions and medicines together, added a little water, and created a potion.

  • Feb 5th, 2013 12:05am

Raising a chivalrous child in today’s digital age | Roundabout

I’m trying to raise my son to be a gentleman. How do we define gentleman-like behavior these days?

  • Nov 19th, 2012 5:42am

School closure will ‘hurt’

There’s a song that Mr. Rogers used to sing to his neighborhood friends: “I like to be told if it’s going to hurt, if it’s going to be hard. If it’s not going to hurt, I like to be told.”

  • Oct 26th, 2012 8:40pm

Accumulating stuff: hoarders vs. minimalists | Roundabout

Last year at college, Jenna started cooking for herself. This meant that in addition to clothes and school supplies, she would need an adequately stocked kitchen.

  • Sep 28th, 2012 9:31pm

A letter to an American icon | Roundabout

Dear Doris Day, I have this wonderful fantasy that I get to meet you.

  • Jul 30th, 2012 5:57pm

Bigfoot sightings: I’m keeping my eye out | Roundabout

I know, you don’t want to talk about it. It’s silly. How can grown men and women believe there are 8-foot-tall hairy creatures roaming the woods? It can’t be true. Surely there would be evidence … bones, or something. If it was true, National Geographic would be all over it.

  • May 26th, 2012 9:00pm

Enjoying the experience of the home | Roundabout

Sorry in advance for what I’m about to tell you. I know it’s silly, but it’s true. I feel defeated at the first signs of spring.

  • Apr 2nd, 2012 6:23pm

Contented feeling should not be sought | Roundabout

It was a snow day! The kids were home, and we had some fun. In the morning, the snow was fresh and new, and the kids weren’t soaked and tired yet.

  • Feb 6th, 2012 7:42pm

The trials of a ‘soccer mom’ | Round About

I’m embarrassed to tell you that I never played sports growing up, except when they made me in P.E. This is probably why I’m having trouble being a good Soccer Mom.

  • Nov 23rd, 2011 7:55pm

It’s amazing what a natural consequence will do | Round About

I believe in a natural consequences approach to parenting — within reason, of course. Don’t want the little stinkers actually touching a hot stove to learn that it burns!

  • Oct 5th, 2011 8:15pm

Something to chew on | Round About | June

We have a puppy!  She’s actually about 7 months old and 56…

  • Jun 9th, 2011 5:14pm

Not the days of their lives | Round About | April

My kids usually come home and veg to PBS Kids and a…

  • Mar 29th, 2011 12:02am

Being Mrs. Incredible | Round About | February

I keep a picture of Elastigirl, aka Mrs. Incredible on, my refrigerator.…

  • Jan 28th, 2011 8:04pm

All in the family | Round About | December

One morning a few years ago, 4-year-old Jacob called from the living…

  • Dec 22nd, 2010 11:02pm

Adventures of a produce hound | Round About | October

I pulled up to the house on this cool, rainy September afternoon,…

  • Oct 1st, 2010 5:49pm

A rose by any other name | Round About | August

I had my blood drawn recently. The technician who called me back…

  • Aug 9th, 2010 5:54pm

There she goes | Round About | June

This morning, anticipating that my English muffin would soon be popping from…

  • Jun 11th, 2010 9:17pm

Two truths and a lie | Round About | April

This is a favorite “get-to-know-you” party game. Because it involves good-natured trickery,…

  • Mar 30th, 2010 11:02pm

Toolset opens (and dismantles) new doors | Round About | February

As you may know, we had four daughters before – surprise! –…

  • Feb 2nd, 2010 9:24pm