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Valerie Kellogg

Valerie Kellogg fell in love with real estate when she bought her first home in 2004. Monitoring the real estate ads and checking out open houses soon became an addiction. The housing gods smiled down when she got offered the job of Newsday's shelter editor in early 2006, overseeing the real estate and home section. She had been at Newsday since 2000, editing the opinion pages, as well as the advice, faith and technology sections. Currently, she also edits the Long Island arts and kids sections and runs this blog.

A 1994 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Valerie has worked at CBS (where she helped launch cbsnewyork.com), the Long Island Voice and the Bridgewater (N.J.) Courier-News. She taught journalism part time at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University from 1999 to 2010. She attended the school on a full scholarship package, earning her bachelor's in art history with a minor in journalism. She grew up in East Northport.

Valerie lives in Huntington (in a house she bought in 2006) with her husband, Richard T. McKenna, and son, Harrison.

Crying foul over Met Daniel Murphy's paternity leave

New York Met Daniel Murphy took heat this

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

It’s such a cliché, but guys, even when they are trying to be funny, can sound so crass when they talk about women and issues important to them — their insecurities, their needs, their bodies. The boors on sports talk radio fell right into that trap when they circled around Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy’s decision to take time off to help his wife bring home their newborn son.

“That’s...

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New history and science books a kid likes

Cover of "How Does a Caterpillar Become a

(Credit: Sterling Children's Books)

My 10-year-old son already gets a good dose of science at his STEM school, but even after a long, long day of studies, trumpet practice and exercise, he enjoyed reading the some of the new titles in the “Good Question!” history and science series from Sterling Publishing.

Geared toward readers ages 7 and up, the latest additions pose questions in their titles: for instance, “How Does a Caterpillar...

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How I made our morning routine better

Time to get up! Close up of alarm

(Credit: iStock / diego cervo)

It started on a school morning when I tried to get Harrison to smile as he argued about wanting to stay in bed. As he pulled the blanket over his head, I jumped in front of him and in my hammiest karaoke voice belted out, "Thank God it’s Friday.”

He pulled the cover off his face and smiled faintly. I was on to something.

“Let’s make this our Friday ritual,” said Harrison, who by this...

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Open House Watch: See 5 houses in Westbury this weekend

This house at 1985 Valentines Rd. in Westbury

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

This three-bedroom, three-bathroom expanded ranch on Valentines Road in Westbury is on the market for $599,990. “It is a beautiful ranch with an in-ground pool in a really nice area,” says listing agent Nina Naqvi of Douglas Elliman Real Estate (516-621-3555).

The house has hardwood floors and a fireplace in the living room. “The home has a huge, beautiful finished basement” says Naqvi, adding...

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Sleep-deprived children can blame parents like me

A young sleepy boy.

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The TV is blaring a “Real Housewives” show of one kind or another. My son’s friend keeps calling to meet him in Minecraft. My husband’s got hours of work ahead of him but he is checking over Harrison’s homework first. The washing machine’s chugging. The pork chops are sizzling in the pan. I am emailing, Facebooking, tweeting, texting and trying to pick up dirty dishes and other Things Where They...

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