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The Wiener Roast at Toby’s

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Bigelow’s Scotch terrier was the first thing I spotted when I got out of our van. Frolicking among the company who gathered at the wiener roast Scott and Sue hosted on their back lawn, he commanded my attention. Groups of people played ladder golf and corn hole, and then there was Toby tottering excitedly […]

The Low Down on Down syndrome

Thursday, October 16, 2008

When the vice presidential debate came to a close October 2, the families of both candidates filed forward and gathered on stage to greet each other and the attending crowd. I suppose I passed a quick judgment on them as their images went out to the huge television audience, and, at the same time, I […]

Think Pink In October

Thursday, October 9, 2008

When National Breast Cancer Awareness Month rolls around in October, Sherry Robinson, writer for the St. Petersburg Times, rolls her eyes and wonders whether much of the money spent on all the items out there hyped to support the cause really goes to fight the disease. Here are some of the interesting items she discovered […]

Duncan’s Story Part II

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I’ll continue the account of the dog the size of a small deer that strayed onto my brother’s place.

Duncan’s Story Part I

Thursday, September 25, 2008

As Kathie and I left my brother Tom’s house one Sunday night, on our way to our old Voyager van, we were met by two stray dogs wandering toward us from a neighbor’s yard. The smaller of the two dogs, a shepherd-type variety, came right up to us, ready to make friends. The other dog […]

Ramp On!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A ramp is a sloping path or access way, a movable set of stairs, or it even “verbs” itself by increasing something gradually, but a ramp by any other name would smell … well, stronger than you might expect. What are the “ramps” that Chef Justin McArthur is calling for in his prize winning potato […]

The Buzz of Bees

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The honey month of September provides a chance to celebrate the honeybee. Seventeen states have adopted the honeybee as their official state insect. Why does it hold top honors as the most popular among the 50 states? Keep in mind that one out of every three bites of food we consume has been made possible […]

The Colors of Health: Fruits and Veggies — More Matters

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Nutritional campaigns promoting good health have become necessary because we are too lazy and spoiled to think about what we are eating. Once upon a time, before phrases like 5 A Day and the eye-catching pyramids that define nutritional guidelines, people sat down to meals complete with servings of fruits and vegetables. Balancing one’s diet […]

A Sewing Fool: The Case of the Complicated Cassocks

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Once a sewing mom, always a sewing mom. If you haven’t heard that phrase already, I’ll take credit for it.

A Skunk by Any Other Name … Would Still Smell

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My supervisor and coworker, Carol, spoke of an overwhelming skunk stink that pervaded her neighborhood the other night. It lingered for hours around her home. I came up short for a column and decided to update one from several years back when a picture of a man nose to nose with a skunk caught my […]

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