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Look out for pickup artists

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Reader response to last week’s love note to our 18-year-old truck let me know that many readers share our love and loyalty for their not-so-sweet rides. More than one also wondered how it was that I was writing about THEIR truck. Two who were in the market for a truck themselves wondered what brand it […]

Tried and true truck is family

Thursday, September 16, 2010

“You can set my truck on fire, and roll it down a hill, But I still wouldn’t trade it for a Coupe DeVille — Joe Diffie, “Pickup Man” We came to truck ownership in the usual way. We had stuff we needed to haul and no way to haul it. Thus we bought a truck. […]

Back to school: Supplies and demands

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I support schools, staff, and students every day. I am also very much a “suck it up buttercup and do what the teacher says” type of person. Nonetheless, sometimes I have to wonder, if only for a moment, if many of our public schools are TRYING to shoot themselves in the foot or if that […]

Let me call you sweetheart

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Recently, our local newspaper featured a letter to the editor from a reader irate not about the war, economy, unbearably hot weather, unsafe eggs or the plight of the dolphins. No, this reader was driven to distraction by the fact that some retail clerks, waitpersons and sales people refer to her as “sweetheart.” Apparently, using […]

Is summer really over?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

When summer began I had the same feeling many parents do, worrying about how I was going to fill all those long, lazy days. Of course any worries I had were soon set aside by a grueling schedule of sleeping in, lounging around the swimming pool and starting a movie at 9 p.m. There’s no […]

Priorities on ice

Thursday, August 19, 2010

One minute you are a capable, intelligent person fully able to function in polite society. The next you have forgotten the recipe for ice cubes.

A good woman is rare gift

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Other things may change us but we start, and end, with family.~ Anthony Brandt I find it sad as I age that I meet so many interesting people at funerals. Why is it that we all too often don’t take the measure of a person, or their unique attributes and place in this world, until […]

Surviving the good old days

Thursday, August 5, 2010

As I was scraping paint off our century-old porch posts and treating it as the proper-biohazard that it is due to the lead menace and all, I wondered what we are currently ignoring today that will be sure to kill us in the future. I don’t take lead lightly. Living in an old home means […]

It’s how you play the game

Thursday, July 29, 2010

It’s how you play the game You win some, you lose some, and sometimes you lose them all. We are old hats at recreational soccer. We are recently involved in competitive soccer which bears little to no resemblance to recreational soccer. Recreational soccer is about being active and having fun, competitive soccer is about honing […]

The bat days of summer

Thursday, July 22, 2010

In the 14 years we have lived here, we have had a handful of bats fly in for a visit. PETA can picket me if they want, but not all of the little critters made it out alive. My rule has always been one of kindness and understanding, love for my fellow creature and a […]

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