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You can’t pause and rewind life

Thursday, April 2, 2009

If I had any doubt at all that modern life has made me soft and slack, all it took was my love affair with our DVR (Digital Video Recorder) to convince me that it is so. I’ll be thoroughly modern and immediately claim that this is not really my fault. Had I been born in […]

Hearts gone wild

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. – Elizabeth Stone The collision seemed to happen — as these things always do — in excruciatingly slow motion. In a burst of reckless speed, a sudden swerve and then the […]

A man, a barn, and a movie

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pretty much every crazy idea Mr. Wonderful and I have ever had probably started with a measuring tape. One moment we are sitting around, happy as clams and not bothering a soul — least of all ourselves. The next, one of us is poking around and spouting crazy talk such as “I was thinking …” […]

We are frugal to a fault

Thursday, March 12, 2009

If you spend your life trying to impress and keep up with everyone else, you are not living your own life — you are living theirs. – Unknown Like most couples Mr. Wonderful and I certainly had our “salad days.” We lived on love and not much else. Back then, our financial discussions would go […]

One isn’t the loneliest number, but crazy sure is

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I would like to state for the record that I am not now, nor have I ever been, even a little bit insane. At least I don’t think so. Apparently, if you were raised an only child, as I was, that needs clarifying these days. It has recently come to my attention, thanks to “Octuplet […]

How do you spell p-r-e-t-e-e-n?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

It’s been a few years, but I’m fairly certain I taught my son to speak. I have a dim recollection of spending many happy afternoons coaxing his sweet baby-self to say, “Mama! Ma-ma! You can do it Sweetie, Mama!,” only to thrill to that blessed, blissful day when he cracked a wide, gummy grin and […]

Advice on life and love from fourth graders

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I’m just back from my foray into the fourth grade class Valentine’s party. Pizza was eaten, votes were cast, alliances were made — and broken. It was boys versus girls in all the giggly party games. The boys were trounced — badly. And isn’t it just always that way really? When it comes to games […]

Gullibility: Not-so-PC virus

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Warning: Many Internet users are becoming infected by a virus that causes them to believe without question every groundless urban legend and dire warning that shows up in their inbox. The Gullibility Virus, as it is called, apparently makes people believe and forward copies of silly hoaxes relating to cookie recipes, health scares and get-rich-quick […]

I didn’t mean to kidnap the neighbor boy

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

So, I may have inadvertently kidnapped the neighbor boy. Let me explain As with most things in my life, there is a story here and with almost anything pertaining to me the plea of “OK, so let me explain” will figure prominently. The neighbor boy has been spending the night a few nights a week […]

New house people have problems, too

Thursday, January 29, 2009

One of my many faults (and I surely have far too many to count in just one column) is I am a shallow person who takes comfort in the problems of others. OK, not “comfort” exactly, but a certain sense of camaraderie, definitely. It’s not that I wish harm — or hardship — on others. […]

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