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Carol Shwanda chronicles her blended family's lives and experiences offering hope, guidance, wisdom, inspiration and humor to anyone who is in or about to enter into a blended family.

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I would like my blog to be a forum for my readers to share their stories and experiences and express their views and opinions about being a part of a blended family. I am working on a book tentatively titled:Blended Family Stories. It will be an in depth look at the real life challenges and joys of successful blended families. If you would like to be part of my research I'd love to hear from you.Take my Blended Family survey

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  • Published on January 17, 2011

    Ian, our rock star tenant, aka Jonny Prynce, is moving. His band, Dirty Penny, broke up and he has decided to make a go of it, living the hard scrabble life, in another band in New York City. He left today. We will sorely miss him.

    Ian has been a welcome addition to our family for the past 2 1/2 years, occupying the studio apartment at the back of our property, teaching Mark guitar lessons and occasionally joining us for dinner. He also works part time for us in our family business, as a draftsman. (Perhaps someday he will go back to UCLA and finish his mechanical engineering degree.) In addition, he supplements his income teaching guitar lessons and voice lessons. One of his students, James Durban (his real name and not sure of the spelling) has an amazing rock star voice. He does great impression of famous singers like Joe Cocker and Steven Tyler and we would often hear him singing and be blown away by how incredibly talented he is. James was here yesterday to say goodbye to Ian and told us he made the top 40 finalists on this year’s American Idol!!!┬áNeedless to say, we’ll all be tuning in to watch and root for our hometown rock star. I’ll keep you posted on both fronts: Ian’s new band and James’ status on American Idol.