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Full-Grown Adult October 22, 2021

My son is about to turn 20 and I have some feelings about that.  When other people turn 20, I think, well yeah, he’s an adult, of course he’s 20.  But when Jacob turns 20, I still see the little boy who called blueberries “boobabies” and who peered into a clogged up toilet and diagnosed…

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War Stories October 10, 2021

Let me start out by saying that I do love my husband.  We’ve been married for 22 years now, and I’m hoping for at least 22 more. But. He’s retired, I’m not.  He’s been retired for some time.  I’ve been going to work every day for some time.  He’s got the time to watch YouTube…

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Toxic Positivity September 24, 2021

You know someone like the person I’m about to talk about.  It doesn’t matter what awful thing has just happened, they always have this giant smile on their face and a super cheery attitude.  Car wreck fifteen minutes after mailing off the last payment?  Oh yay!  I get a new car!  Someone died?  Lucky them,…

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Crapola September 11, 2021

If you’re in the market for crapola, you need look no further than my house.  My house is the repository of crapola of all kinds.  We are a department store of crapola.  Housewares?  Look over there.  Women’s lingerie?  Right in that corner.  Tools?  Check out our selection in the garage.  You don’t even want to…

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Book Review — Save the Cat! Writes for TV August 27, 2021

I very much enjoyed the original Save the Cat![1] Book by Blake Snyder.  Although it focused on screenwriting, and I am not a screenwriter, there is something universal about story that made it fascinating to see the concept broken down into its elements. So I was super excited when the good folks at WOW! Women…

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Inbox Zero August 26, 2021

Once upon a time in a land not too far away we wrote letters on a typewriter, using carbon paper if we wanted to keep a copy and Wite-Out[1] if we made a mistake, put them in envelopes with stamps on them, and waited several days for them to be delivered by the United States…

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Baby’s First Apartment August 13, 2021

My son moved into his first apartment a few weeks ago and I had the great privilege of helping him set it up.  I thought it would be fun to watch him take this giant leap towards actual adulthood. I remember doing that myself, back in the early 90s.  I collected cast-off furniture from wherever…

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Driving in Houston July 30, 2021

Recently, I had the need to drive from my home in suburban Atlanta to Houston, TX with my son.  This is no small task.  It involved two tanks of gas and crossing the Mississippi River.  We listened to an entire audiobook and still had time to talk.  It’s hard to get a feel for the…

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Look for the Helpers July 16, 2021

Usually I try not to mix the law[1] and my humor pieces[2], but sometimes the world forces me to do it.  I came across a federal court decision which contained this language: “Humor is an important medium of legitimate expression and central to the well-being of individuals, society, and their government.  Despite its typical literal…

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