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Freedom for kids

A 27-year-old counselor for convicted youth offenders told me the other day that experts in her field are concluding that young children need freedom to develop their passion ... read more...


Son home

I suppose a 20-something son would feel awkward around his mom no matter how hard she tried to speak his lingo, to know his music and to otherwise make her way into the tiny c... read more...


The office

I am ashamed to say since I began working from home, my closet has become my office. I seem to spend more time in there than I ever did before trying to create acceptable outf... read more...


Send over the pie

I've always said I must have been a truck driver in a former life due to my love for pie and a shameful penchant for cussing. Sometimes, depending upon my audience, I class it... read more...


Stuffed

If youíre lucky, one day your kids will take up housekeeping in a home of their own and rid your house of all of their stuff, plus the stuff you intend to give to them. Thatís... read more...


To thee I shred

You know youíve been married for a long time when your husband thinks giving you your very own shredder is akin to presenting a big, beautiful bouquet of red roses. I donít ca... read more...


Muddled in Upstate

I am constantly bombarded with new trends in food, fashion, social media and entertainment, as well as world news and information, that I sometimes want to pitch all my beauty... read more...


Green pastures

As my meandering days shorten and sleepy nights lengthen, Iím thankful for mere comfort. The spring-fed stream trickling through the lush green pasture, the shady maple trees ... read more...


Five day flowers

The garden club picnic was an annual rite of summer in my family and my how we hated it, Dad included. Mom made us climb in the station wagon to go and dragged us out once we ... read more...


The caboose

The class orator at my daughterís graduation last year used preschool lines as an analogy that both leading and pushing from the caboose made equal impact along the track of l... read more...


Waiting on someone

Iím going to be 94 years old in August and I all of the sudden have no say about anything anymore. Every time I set out to do something, someone tells me that it will be fine ... read more...


Mrs. Martin

Hey. Listen to what just happened to us. (Pause) Huh? No, Iím on my cell ... (Pause) Yeah, I got the service back today. (Pause) I know, itís great. (Pause) Hahaha. Yeah, so a... read more...


Shoe conspiracy

One Christmas long ago, a favorite uncle presented my two sisters, our brother and me each with our very own set of stilts. They were painted in our favorite colors and raised... read more...


Rough week

The continuing pursuit of happiness got a lot tougher last week. Vows to get up every day with intention, to care for ourselves and our families Ė both physically and mentally... read more...


Guinea Pig

Iíve had an on again off again love affair with computers. My first relationship, brief as it was, occurred in social studies class back in college when I was required to atte... read more...



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