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Getting Up-Close-and-Personal with Our Schools

Thursday, February 15, 2007

This is Kathie’s first year of high school. She’s always done well in school. This year she involved herself in several extra activities, so I knew keeping up with homework might take extra effort.

Charged on Chocolate

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Though humans have been enjoying chocolate en masse for a relatively short time, the cacao bean has been around for centuries.

Where are our manners?

Thursday, February 1, 2007

I presided for the first time at a Women’s Club meeting and a few of the girls (I’ll call us girls even though we’re all over 50) had to leave early.

Scramble at Seven-Thirty

Thursday, January 18, 2007

I was up all night New Year’s Eve. I’ve heard you can never really catch up on sleep. A few mornings into the year, I sprang up in bed and blinked in disbelief at the digital clock on the television across the room.

Sandwiched in the Spotlights

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The rain let up on New Year’s Eve, leaving the bricks of my brother’s new entry patio glistening in the moonlight.

Add This To Your Top Ten

Thursday, January 4, 2007

A top 10 list is now the way to define what things are about. Just before Christmas break, my daughter turned in a history project based on the top 10 facts about the Tai Ping Rebellion in China (1850’s).

Lookin’ Bright Stored Right

Thursday, December 28, 2006

I love to bake, but making homemade goodies means someone should eat them. We don’t need the extra food temptations, and neither do the people (neighbors and friends) I might give them to.

At Christmas

Thursday, December 21, 2006

I compared notes with a friend at work about the kinds of music we’d been working on at our churches, Hers, being one of the largest congregations in the area, just finished doing a Christmas cantata which was, no doubt, grand.

Put Me In Coach; I Just Gotta Play

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I attended my first high school football banquet this month. My daughter was recognized with the freshman cheerleaders.

Just Kidding About the Torture

Thursday, December 7, 2006

I was talking to a friend who comes in the consignment shop where I work. She had her own business before she retired and is used to dealing with people.

Thanksgiving peace

Thursday, November 30, 2006

My family gathered around Dad’s dining room table for Thanksgiving dinner. After lingering over the trimmings, we talked about walking off some of our over-indulgence.

Just Look At Us!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Here we are with a streamlined food page in 4-color! Recipes, more recipes and nothing but recipes! We’ll focus mainly on “back to basic” recipes using ingredients that most of us keep on hand all the time.

Open A Can And Tie One On

Thursday, November 16, 2006

If that sounds like I’m going to suggest we all get smashed on Thanksgiving, of course that’s not what I have in mind.

Politics: Meaning #5

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Teary eyes glistened from the theater stage as the last performance ended. The cast, more than 50 teens from at least 19 schools, spent hours learning the book-thick music and lyrics of the school version of Les Miserables.

Waiting For The Slinging To Cease

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Does the pre-election mud hit you like it hits me? Not a soft, warm variety that makes me ready for the spa, this mud is cold and slimy, and I have some homework to do to get polished up in time to vote.

Reliving The Personal Touch

Thursday, October 26, 2006

When I think back to my trick-or-treating days as a kid, my memories strike a contrast with the door-to-door invasions we think of today.

Who Are You, And What Planet Are You From?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

We settled on a bench across from the pond in Salem’s Waterworth Park. Several varieties of ducks and geese floated leisurely across the water.

Give Her A Brake

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Nothing makes you feel as inadequate as not being there for your kids when they call you and they’re in trouble.

A State Park State Of Mind

Thursday, October 5, 2006

For those of us who don’t daily spend time in the fields or trekking between the outbuildings around the farm, fall paints a beautiful excuse to get out and appreciate nature’s beauty when the sun warms the afternoons without the intensity of summer’s temperatures.

Our Clothes Racks Are Full Like Our Heads

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Carol and I were pricing clothes at the consignment shop where I work part time. Carol, my supervisor/boss, manages the Next to New Shop in the basement level of the Columbiana Women’s Club.


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