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Why does January have to be a bear?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January is such an unlovable month. I’m sure there are people who embrace it with pure unbridled joy, I just haven’t met any of them. While it poses as a month of great promise — resolutions, a “clean slate,” new beginnings — it is, in reality, a trick of the calendar. Stuck, wholly and completely […]

Packing away holiday memories

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I admit it. I love Christmas. I’m not jaded, exhausted or “relieved that it’s over.” There is no bah humbug here. I’m in no danger of being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present or future because I am already converted. I love Christmas. This year as I mourn the passing of yet another […]

Holidays with Mr. Wonderful

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I just read that Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson have split-up. That’s sad. They seemed like a cute couple. Granted, once your husband gets voted “The Sexiest Man Alive” that’s got to throw off the balance of power in a relationship. I would not want to be married to The Sexiest Man Alive. […]

Do you hear what I hear?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

When I was a kid music class consisted of a set of finger cymbals and a teacher who was valiant in her efforts to teach us to sing Michael Row Your Boat Ashore — in round. Today’s music instructor is charged with teaching music appreciation, overseeing a stage performance, and convincing a reluctant student body […]

Most times grandma’s ways work just fine

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Let me state for the record that I am firmly against food poisoning. I am definitely not a fan. Having had it once, I can assure you that anyone who says they “think” they had food poisoning hasn’t. If you have it, you’ll know. I can still recall feeling like I wanted to die on […]

A Black Friday mouse tale

Thursday, December 9, 2010

“I asked for riot shields, but they wouldn’t give me one, so it’s not going to be that bad I don’t think.” – Target employee I will not go out at the crack of dawn for anything other than a birth, a death or an early flight to a beach. I am up at midnight […]

Weight a minute: Feeling fit

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Clearly, there is something wrong with my diet. Namely, that I am not on one. Other people seem to be doing all kinds of healthy and active things. They are walking and running and taking something called “Zumba” which sounds more like a reggae band than an exercise movement . This is all quite inspiring […]

The gifter who keeps on giving bad gifts

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mr. Wonderful has taken to hitting me to get his point across. OK, technically it’s more of a playful tap on the shoulder to alert me, the listener, that he has just said something important. He has adapted this as a method to ensure that I am actually paying attention when he is about to […]

Toting the line on clutter control

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Call them bins, boxes, or totes but those plastic coffins designed to “out of sight / out of mind” our unused personal possessions are simply a way to fool oneself into thinking we are “cleaning” and “organizing.” Really, all we are doing is carefully packing and stacking our trash. I don’t care if it’s collectible […]

The plague and I

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I think it’s safe to confess that I have been a carrier of the plague. Apparently, I had pinkeye. Every single last one of my real-life friends (as opposed to my live-in-the-computer friends who far outnumber them and that is sad, really) just went “WHAT THE HECK?” even if all they did during this time […]

Crafting memories

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I grew up with a mother who wasn’t terribly crafty, but come Halloween would dutifully create my Halloween costume with her own two hands. Over my trick-or-treating career she whipped up a black cat, gypsy and hobo using only her cunning and sheer force of will. Nowadays we call these people Martha Stewart, back then […]

Clearing my almost good name

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Since they were old enough to be even dimly aware that their lives were published, my children have understood that a fair amount of good-natured humiliation goes with the territory. This is to say that I may have slipped up and told a story or six that to me was “adorable” but to them was […]

Potluck at your own peril

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I give the worst parties. Seriously. I have no idea why people keep coming to my house. I tend to issue invitations that request that you join us and please bring a lawn chair, a dish to pass and a beverage, too. I tend to supply meat, water and fire. It’s akin to being invited […]

The best ride you’ll ever have

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I applaud the advances in science and medicine that make childbearing so much less likely to result in death. I also suspect that all those advances are sometimes guilty of scaring the wits out of expectant parents unnecessarily. Tests Early ultrasounds scored you a fuzzy black and white image that would assure you that you […]

Things that nag in the night

Thursday, October 7, 2010

As we head into the heart of the haunting season, I have a confession to make. As if my life weren’t colorful enough, I live in a haunted house. I know you’re jealous. Our house is 106 years old. Everyone knows that any building more than 100 years old is required, by after-life law, to […]

Too much of a good thing?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

One of the prides of my life is being complimented with the opinion that I take really great photos. I credit this to a few things. I have loved photography since forever. Not the technical aspect of it so much because ugh, math, work, pass. I have just always loved the aspect of capturing a […]

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 […]

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