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The art (supplies) of war

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Every year it’s like I’m engaged in the annual elusive Christmas toy craze except I’m not looking for a Tickle Me Elmo or pocket pets — I’m looking for pocket brad folders. The latter apparently as extinct as the dodo bird. Plain paper folders are everywhere. You can buy 100 for a dime. Plastic folders […]

Life Out Loud: A road trip down memory lane

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nothing could dampen our enthusiasm as we kicked off the 11th annual “Cousins and Kids” Summer Road Trip. This annual pilgrimage began many years ago when my cousin and I decided to take ourselves and our respective kids on a little getaway vacation.

Life Out Loud: Please leave a message at the sound of the splash

Thursday, August 18, 2011

At some point even the most wonderful convenience can become more of a hindrance than a help. Mr. Wonderful has had a loathe/hate relationship with his cell phone for some time now. The phone was scratched, hard to dial, harder to hear, and just generally irritated him to no end.

Count your blessings in disguise

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is. The way we cope with it is what makes the difference. — Virginia Satir There’s a joke going around the Internet that in a year with record recession and pure financial devastation for too many (one is too many), in a […]

Count your blessings in disguise

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is. The way we cope with it is what makes the difference. – Virginia Satir There’s a joke going around the Internet that in a year with record recession and pure financial devastation for too many (one is too many), in a […]

Count your blessings in disguise

Monday, August 8, 2011

Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is. The way we cope with it is what makes the difference. – Virginia Satir There’s a joke going around the Internet that in a year with record recession and pure financial devastation for too many (one is too many), in a […]

Life Out Loud: Make time for fun in last days of summer

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I don’t want to panic anyone but we are almost out of summer. Soon some perky television meteorologist will inform us with malicious glee that the end has come.

Life Out Loud: It came in through the window

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The devil is in my house. It came in through a window, like most burglars do, gaining entry to our inner sanctum and stealing my pride without my knowledge or consent.

Life Out Loud: Ah, be it ever so humble…

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I live in a creaky old house, sans air conditioning, and am sometimes visited by bats. Better yet, I often choose of my own free will to go camping in an actual tent that involves sleeping ON THE GROUND. Yet, put a hotel room passkey in my hand and suddenly, I’m Princess and the Pea.

Life Out Loud: The first cut is the deepest

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My nemesis is small but stealthy. It lurks under the model of health but, in fact, it’s a silent slayer of innocent flesh. I am speaking, of course, of the mandolin slicer.

Life Out Loud: Learning to be a team player

Friday, July 8, 2011

I was not, as a child, what you would have called a “team player.” Joining things just wasn’t my forte. I did not play softball, volleyball, basketball or field hockey. Imagine my surprise to wake up and find myself a bona fide soccer mom.

Living the big bang theory

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yesterday I got bangs. As any woman knows, this is clearly a cry for help. Unfortunately I was seized by momentary insanity and my best friend (the one who always tells me the truth) wasn’t there to body block the beautician on the basis of this being A Very Bad Idea (capitalized, as all truly […]

Greetings from nowhere

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I’m not from around here. That’s probably why I got a chuckle when our local village’s Facebook status (yes, we are THAT hip) read “If you are a missing a black cow, we currently have one roaming on Main Street.” Note they said BLACK cow. To differentiate, I suppose, from all the brown cows downtown? […]

Life Out Loud: Mean Moms of America, Unite!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I would like to call to order this meeting of the fellow Mean Mothers of America (MMoA). Our first order of business will be to erect a statue (chocolate, of course) to Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of the social networking site, Facebook.

Always growing like weeds

Thursday, June 9, 2011

So I just spent maybe eight minutes weeding an area outside my front door and I deeply resent that time as eight minutes of my life that I will never get back. Far from being moved by the beauty of nature, I am annoyed at the tenacious nature of nature. I just cleared those weeds […]

Life Out Loud: Camping? Just give me indoor plumbing instead

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I am not “the outdoor type.” I made clear early on that Mr. Wonderful, an avid athlete and outdoorsman, had made a poor choice in mates. He did not marry anyone even remotely “self-sufficient” or “outdoorsy.”

Life Out Loud: Where does the time go?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The graduate. She has deep blue eyes, a gorgeous smile, and her senior class superlative is “prettiest hair.” That makes sense. She does have the prettiest hair. It’s a gorgeous shade of deep, natural red. This was true even when she was mostly bald and later, briefly, when it all sort of fluffed around her head like a vibrant dandelion puff.

Land barons

Thursday, May 19, 2011

When you’re young and just starting to make a little money, (emphasis on “little”) you are made to feel a failure if you don’t put your money to work for you. It doesn’t matter if your “salad days” are more “ramen noodle” days, people immediately start yammering at you about investments. Invest in stocks, bonds […]

Between me and the fencepost

Thursday, May 12, 2011

First, let me state for the record that no dogs were harmed in the making of this column, though not for lack of trying. Great outdoors Being rural dwellers we suffer the delusion that our dogs will appreciate and embrace the blessing that is open access to the great outdoors. We have a large yard […]

Aiming for party perfect

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Twas’ an hour before the big Easter dinner and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except me as I was finishing all the cooking and baking. The stockings were hung, er, folded, carefully along with the rest of laundry mountain that had recently been cut down to size. Perfect We had reached […]

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