• Compensation for bad reactions to vaccinations

    It’s school time again and for many parents it’s time for shots. I thought we were done with shots a long time ago but this year my daughter Alexas was required to get a meningitis shot. I was leery of giving her any shots because …

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  • Maine Coon Cats

    In 2007, one of my columns was about Maine Coon Cats, and it was a memorable one, especially for some folks. That column included a bit of history: Maine Coons are considered America’s only natural, long-haired native cat. However, they are thought to have originated …

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  • Don’t look in my glove box, and I won’t look in yours

    After reading an article by Erika Rawes, “Wall St. Cheat Sheet,” entitled “7 little things that almost everyone steals,” I’ll own up to stealing too. I have walked away from countless places with pens, sometimes not even realizing what I am doing at the time …

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  • Mother hen not looking forward to empty nest

    Here it is already back-to-school time. It’s bittersweet because I am reminded that each year brings me closer to an empty nest. I have been raising children since I was 18 years old and in just four more years my last child will leave home. …

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  • Thieves enjoy your vacation photos, too

    How many of us post a vacation photo on social media and think, “Hope nobody sees this and decides to rob me while I’m living it up in the land of sand and surf”? But how many of us have seen our friends’ photos and …

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  • Cartoon transformations a ruse by toy makers?

    “I don’t ever remember Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles looking this mean when I was kid,” Luke said of the action figures on display as we made our way down the aisle, trying to sidestep others in our path during a recent walk at Walmart when …

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  • It’s me — Donetta

    Last Saturday my girls and I went shopping. They bought new clothes and at their persistence — I bought a new look and now nobody knows who I am. I should know better. Every time I get those two together they come up with some …

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  • When we all get to heaven

    By the time I was 3 or 4 I was destined to land in the obituary department and debate the “when we all get to heaven” topic. My mom reminded me of that last week when we talked about how, back in the day, she …

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  • Many of us don’t have enough retirement saved

    Here’s a piece of information that shouldn’t surprise anyone: The least wealthy baby boomer and Generation X households are far more likely to run short of money in retirement. Gary and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on Sunday, and when we first got …

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  • Going in debt to live the dream

    It’s like belly fat that won’t go away, and for many of us, the old saying that nothing’s certain in life but death and taxes should be revised to include student loan debt.  But for one family, even that isn’t the case after their daughter …

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  • July’s done; what will August hold in store?

    When this year rolled around I started with a real effort on projecting a positive attitude, which worked until the winter blahs came along and I moved into my ho-humbug mindset. But as winter turned to spring, then summer and with all the beautiful days …

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  • Grandma and the Great Flood of ’37

    We’ve had more rain this year than I can ever remember, and probably others can remember, too. Our little country lane has been flooded in spots I’ve never seen water cross the road before in my 40 years.  But we’ve had it pretty good. When …

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