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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 […]

Don’t wait: Life’s too short

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Don’t let good intentions slip away. If there’s someone you’ve meant to get to know, that you meant to talk to, or hug, or tell that you love them, do it today.

A Current Occurrence

Thursday, August 7, 2008

(That title is an answer phrase just made for the daily Jumble puzzle.) I was out of bed early for a trip to the bathroom, then back to bed, drifting off again, when Mark, getting ready for work, popped in the bedroom doorway. He set something on the stand near my head – a newspaper, […]

Berry Beautiful

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Though blue is one of the most popular colors and is said to cause the body to produce calming chemicals, it is considered one of the least appetizing. Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when early humans searched for food, they […]

Nightly chocolate habit isn’t a bad thing

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A box of Daffin‘s chocolate sits within reach of my bed. I want you to know I don’t over-indulge. One chocolate piece a night suffices. I started eating from this box, a two-pound assortment, shortly after receiving it as a birthday gift at the beginning of May. In mid July, I’ve just now moved to […]

Corn Cob Shakers and Joyful Noisemakers

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I typed this week’s column in an overstuffed chair in our adult Sunday school room. Upbeat feelings inspired me as the sounds of Bible school flowed through our old church. The building’s potential is seldom utilized due to lack of people. Classrooms that once were filled with every age group when I was a kid […]

TV’s Masterpiece

Thursday, July 10, 2008

When a good thing doesn’t come to an end, it is still ever subject to change. In 1971, the fall I went off to college, Masterpiece Theater began its first season. I didn’t find time to watch any of the first productions: The First Churchills and The Six Wives of Henry VIII, among them (I […]

Live At Blossom Music Center

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Lines of traffic backed up along the road in the rural area leading to the Blossom Music Center. We should have allowed more travel time. We pulled into the parking area minutes before show time and fast-paced the trek toward the amphitheater. On the first Saturday night of summer, from the stage of Blossom Music […]

The Longest Day

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Summer has arrived. The longest day of the year has passed. When summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount, compared to the day before. In this sense, it “stands still.” “Solstice” is derived from […]

The Banner We Wave

Thursday, June 12, 2008

At the recent Memorial Day ceremonies, I was pleased to see most everyone in the crowd show respect for our flag, with hand over heart standing when one passed by.

My Powder Puff Pet

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Temptation jumped from a bulletin board at our local grocery. “Free hamsters to good home” headlined pictures of two available live balls of fur.

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