• Our Christmas joy

    I finally did it this year — I put my foot down and told everyone we were not traveling on Christmas Day. After 38 Christmases of spending more time in a car than with loved ones, dragging in at a late hour and getting up …

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  • A Christmas to remember

    It certainly goes as quickly as it comes, the Christmas holiday. Was it not that long ago that it couldn’t come fast enough? How slowly time passed the nearer Dec. 25 became — just like molasses on a cold winter’s day. While out shopping last …

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  • Did we make it?

    Well, today is the day that the world is slated to end. If you’re reading this on Saturday then you have survived. I hope I did too. I, like many others, have been swept up in the whole “doomsday” prediction on Dec. 21 so I …

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  • Whoever is responsible, it’s not the guns

    Who should be watching for the people who would do such tragic, horrible things as senselessly slaughter young children in their classrooms, such as happened last week in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.? In that particular case, it appears it was the shooter’s first …

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  • Scooby gets his ‘forever home’

    Scooby found a home! I’m so excited, I’ll repeat it: Scooby found a home! Scooby was the little hound mix from the Humane Society of Independence County that went all the way to Los Angeles and got to hang with the world-renowned “Dog Whisperer” Cesar …

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  • Is ‘Sesame Street’ getting too wordy?

    Ignoring a subject won’t necessarily make it go away but where do we draw the line at what is and at what age is proper discussion for our children? I admit when I saw the news headlines claiming “Sesame Street” was tackling the subject of …

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  • When everything goes wrong — blame the boyfriend

    I’ve finally moved into my new home. The house had sat for a couple of years with no one living in it, so I expected there might be some issues and I was totally prepared for them — or so I thought. The faucet in …

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  • Are you smarter than a Maya?

    The Mayan calendar “ends” at midnight Dec. 21, but in reality, that is not when it ends, but is actually where it begins — the Maya started at that point when they created their calendar. They started the calendar there, on the winter solstice of …

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  • The Compassionate Friends: Remembering our children

    On Sunday, our local chapter of The Compassionate Friends held its annual Candlelighting and Memorial Service, and as usual the weather didn’t want to cooperate. In years past, we have had freezing temperatures, gale-force winds and varying amounts of precipitation on top of the cold …

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  • Extreme blushing is no cause for alarm

    I guess I’ll never outgrow it but it certainly hasn’t bothered me to live with it. It never fails: happy, sad, mad, embarrassed, near tears, in tears (happy or sad), people staring or being the subject of an overheard conversation — I can turn beet …

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  • A closet hoarder

    After what seems like an eternity, I was finally able to close on my new home this week. It has been a long, slow process and seemed that if anything could’ve gone wrong —  it did. Buying a new home sounds like a lot more …

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  • Name Chataunga explained

    With faith, you can move mountains. You can also move a mountain, at least on paper, by using a computer keyboard — as I did last week. In a column about Chataunga Mountain, I wrote that the mountain formerly known as Chataunga is now known …

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