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Blessed by a phone call with Mom

December 01, 2019 at 3:00 am

One of my biggest Thanksgiving blessings this year was a 10-minute phone call with my mother the day before the holiday.It had been a couple of months since I had “visited” with Mom, who is well into the throes of Alzheimer’s disease. My br...

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A meditation on mindfulness

November 24, 2019 at 3:00 am

The other evening I happened to notice I was grinding coffee beans with my left hand while shaking the salad dressing bottle with my right. I’ve pretty much been this way (doing two things at once) since I became a parent many years ago.My ...

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Feminist issues still hot-button topics

November 17, 2019 at 3:00 am

I happened to see internationally known feminist and writer Gloria Steinem being interviewed on one of the late-night talk shows recently. She’s been making the rounds to promote her latest book.Hearing her speak jogged my memory that I had...

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Entering the rut

November 14, 2019 at 11:23 am

Hunting season is entering the best two weeks of this deer and elk hunting season. Many veteran hunters have spent lots of time afield for the last several weeks, but have been reluctant to pull the trigger on any deer unless it was a troph...

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Face to face with Facebook

November 10, 2019 at 3:00 am

Social media fans may have a bone to pick with me after reading this column about their daily penchant to peruse online posts.For the record, I’ve chosen, since that method of communication was invented, not to partake.I realize Facebook, T...

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Still ‘Golden’ after all these years

November 03, 2019 at 3:00 am

After a recent stressful day, one of the millennial staffers in the newsroom said all she wanted to do was go home, curl up and watch “The Golden Girls.”I overheard the comment and asked her what it was about this early ’80s/late ’90s sit-c...

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Chop wood, carry water

October 28, 2019 at 3:47 pm

The small ivory figurine that stands on a windowsill in my living room was given to me by a friend way back in high school, which makes our relationship — with both my girlfriend and the figurine — older than the one with my husband.The fig...

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Pumpkin spice belongs in pie

October 20, 2019 at 3:00 am

After years of listening to co-workers, friends and pretty much all of America gush about pumpkin spice, I finally took the plunge this week and ordered my first-ever pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks.I plunked down $5 and prepared to be ama...

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You say Marano? … I still say Marino

October 13, 2019 at 3:00 am

My brother-in-law John rented an apartment in September in the town of Giulianova near Pescara on the Adriatic coast of central Italy — the vicinity of his family’s paternal grandparents’ birthplace.While there, he and my husband Jim’s sist...

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Turnover times...

October 10, 2019 at 10:02 am

When we hear the word turnover, especially in the fall, it usually means someone coughed up the ball. Someone is happy, and someone is not. However, to an angler, the term signifies a lake event and again, someone might be happy, and someo...

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