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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. […]

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