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Golden Anniversary and Advice March 30, 2018

On April 6, 2018, just a few days from when I am typing this, my parents will have been married for fifty years. Yup, their golden anniversary has arrived. There are a number of miracles at play here. My parents did not have a particularly romantic beginning, though if you know them, you won’t be…

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Essential Tremor March 16, 2018

 This is what happens when I try to hold my book because of my Essential Tremor. As if I weren’t physically awkward enough, as if my weird, clunky walk weren’t enough, and my graceless inability to walk through a doorframe without hitting one side or another with my shoulders weren’t enough, I have been…

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Book Review — Mrs. Fletcher March 9, 2018

Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel “Mrs. Fletcher,” by Tom Perrotta, is a novel about finding yourself. Mrs. Fletcher, or Eve, as she prefers to be called, used to be Mrs. Fletcher, but now she is divorced, and she’s trying to figure out who she is when she isn’t Mrs. Fletcher. Brendan, her son, is about to…

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Sleep Training my Teenager March 2, 2018

I’m having to sleep train my teenage daughter.  You remember sleep training, don’t you?  When your sweet precious angel baby was six months old and you thought if you didn’t get three whole hours of sleep in a row that you’d leave that sweet tender thing out for the dingoes?  So you let her cry…

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Book Review — A Cup of Love February 23, 2018

A Cup of Love: Stories From the Heart: Valentine’s Day Anthology : 30 Writers on Love & Life “A Cup of Love” is a collection of stories about love – which means that it is a collection of stories about life. There are, of course, many different kinds of love. There’s romantic love, the way…

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The Real Toilet Paper Wars February 16, 2018

I am a big fan of indoor plumbing.  I am NOT a fan of indoor plunging.  There is nothing more gag-producing than jamming a wood-and-rubber plunger into a poo filled toilet and slurping it up and down to unclog a septic system.  Especially if the poo in question is not your own.  Seriously, people.  Did…

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Book Review: Angel Bumps February 9, 2018

Angel Bumps: Hello from Heaven First of all, I want this disclaimer out there: menopause has made me into more of a sap than I used to be. Angel Bumps are Anne Bardsley’s term for messages from beyond. Not in a creepy sci-fi way, but rather just little signs – feathers, butterflies, batteries – that…

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Mrs. Potato Head February 2, 2018

I have always looked like I came from Russian peasant stock.  I have a face that looks like it was carved from a potato. My broad shoulders were designed for swinging a pickaxe through Siberian permafrost to get at root vegetables, and my hips are wide enough to bear a whole passel of fat babies. …

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Book Review: Flood Girls January 26, 2018

The Flood Girls “The Flood Girls” by Richard Fifield is a quirky, different kind of book, populated with unusual, flawed, and likeable characters. Rachel Flood is returning to her hometown of Quinn, Montana for a number of reasons. Her father has died, and she inherited his trailer. She also wants to make amends to complete…

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