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  Maybe it’s the Thanksgiving season or maybe it’s a realization the end is coming sooner rather than later; regardless of the why, I wouldn’t trade these last 44½ … more
I have been studying up on frightening holiday rumors and found some surprises. There is apparently no evidence that any child has ever been poisoned by a Halloween treat. This is according … more
I couldn’t tell for sure, but the waiting area looked empty as I approached.It was all I could do not to break into a jog when I got closer and still only saw empty chairs.The place was open. The … more
We were supposed to get the tile backsplash installed in our kitchen yesterday, but my husband, Peter, said he needed to use the kitchen so he could bake ginger cookies.   “Can you work … more
Autumn. The time of year that is best described as wonderful. The air has a crispness quality and the oppressive heat of the summer gives way to the cooler mornings and the afternoons that have … more
My husband, Peter, and I are at my parents’ cabin in the woods. The weather was perfect for a bike ride so we took a long one. We had not all been riding together in almost two years and I am not … more
  Ever have one of those lives when every chore grows and each project you start exposes another problem whose solution leads to another chore?   That’s been the story of my … more
This morning was my semi-annual checkup and cleaning with my dental hygienist. Hygienists are like your physician; you would really like to keep the same one and not have to — for lack of a … more
Back in 1984, the U.S. team won 174 medals in the Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles.We had a terrific team. You’ll probably remember folks like sprinter Carl Lewis, gymnast Mary Lou Retton, diver … more
On Thursday, we will celebrate and honor our country’s veterans. Men and woman have fought for generations to protect our freedoms and security as Americans. The way of life we enjoy today is due … more
  The above quote from the noted English clergyman, theologian and evangelist could very well be the mission statement for the United Way of the Ocoee Region.    When invited … more
To me, “the farm” has always meant the farm where my mother grew up, one of 11 children. Every book I ever read that was set on a farm, and many other books as well, all took place in my … more
There is an old saying that, “If you see a turtle on top of a fencepost, you know he didn’t get there by himself.” That peculiar expression came to my mind this past weekend when Lee University … more
  Relaxed in the calming dark of the living room watching a few innings of that “Field of Dreams” baseball game between the Yankees and White Sox, I cradled the big bowl of … more
Of the many signs of Thanksgiving’s comforting approach, here’s a biggie; we mean, a really, really biggie.The annual “Cleveland Helping Cleveland” food drive that helps to fill the pantry of … more
When I first heard about the Pop Tarts lawsuit, I honestly didn’t know whose side to be on.In case you haven’t heard about it, Kellogg’s, who makes the tasty breakfast treat, is being sued for … more
November is a month that is known for many things. Changing of the leaves, Thanksgiving, and cooler weather.  November is also Diabetes Awareness Month, and an opportunity to raise awareness … more
      “Now let me get this straight, you really don’t carry a cellphone?”    “Not right now,” I answered in as patient a tone as … more
We are reaching that point in remodeling where we seriously question whether we will ever be done. After we finally found a plumber, we thought our worries were over and progress began briskly. … more
When I’m in charge of buying the halloween candy, I buy two kinds.First, I get a couple of bags of the good stuff. It’s going to be chocolate every time. And let’s face it. It’s going to be … more
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