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Try a laughter pill
Posted Tuesday, July 22, at 10:18 AM
There were four of us seated at a round table at the nutrition center, eating lunch. In all, there were close to 50 seniors sitting at tables situated around the large center. There was the noise of muted conversations, the clatter of utensils and shuffling chairs...

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I'm drowning in electronics.
Posted Tuesday, July 15, at 9:59 AM

A couple of months ago I bought a new computer with Microsoft 8.1. The 8.1 software was so frustrating that my blood pressure skyrocketed. While trying to learn the software, I put my computer to sleep for the night. Yes, you can turn the computer off or you can let it sleep...

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Chicken Soup for the Soul
Posted Tuesday, July 8, at 9:45 AM

I was introduced to my first Chicken Soup book about 20 years ago. It was titled Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul. The Soul book came at just the right time. I was battling Stage III ovarian cancer and I needed all the encouragement I could get. I was also getting a helping hand through my family, friends and church...

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Be silly for a change
Posted Tuesday, June 24, at 9:04 AM

I read about this bear at a zoo. She had enough room to pace around, but her cage was not that big, only about 10 feet square. At first she seemed unhappy, restricted. But she was well fed, and after a while she just got used to not being able to go beyond her allotted space...

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Sins of procrastination
Posted Tuesday, June 17, at 1:23 PM

It happens all the time. I jot down the items I want to pick up at the grocery store, then I head out for the store. Once there, I start searching in my purse for the list. I know it's there somewhere because I wrote the list on a yellow piece of paper. I dig around but no luck. The list is nowhere to be found. So I shop by memory and invariably forget an item or two. Let's see; I want bananas, milk, Cascade, apples, coffee, margarine, tomato sauce. What else?...

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Thanks alot, Dad
Posted Wednesday, June 11, at 9:01 AM

Sunday is Father's Day, a day set aside to honor fathers. It's a day we should thank dad for all he does for us. Many things come to mind. We should thank him for fixing the lawn mower when he'd rather go fishing. ----for entertaining the in-laws when he'd rather take a nap...

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His and her viewpoint
Posted Tuesday, June 3, at 3:41 PM

Jeff Foxworthy says he believes women train men. He said he didn't realize this until he had been married for about five years. The defining moment for him was when he and his wife were in bed one night. They were each reading a book when she said, "It's hot in here."...

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I was a military wife
Posted Tuesday, May 27, at 4:54 PM

My husband was a military man who served his country for over 20 years. He served a few months in the National Guard, then enlisted in the United States Air Force. We were a military family. I was a military wife. When he retired from the Air Force, I, too, received a beautiful bound certificate denoting my sacrifices as the wife of a military man. ...

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How to cook on a stove
Posted Wednesday, May 21, at 9:49 AM

Most modern housewives are proficient in using a microwave oven. That's not what this is about. This is about how a 1940s-1950s homemaker cooked a meal for the family. First, go into your kitchen. Look around until you see a large white object that is about waist high and has knobs and buttons and a door that opens, down...

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Bittersweet graduation
Posted Tuesday, May 13, at 9:45 AM

Graduation is bittersweet for graduates and their families. It's a day they've looked forward to for years. To the graduate, it seemed like countless years before cap and gown day. Now that it's here, the graduate greets it with mixed emotions. He/she is extremely glad he has reached this important milestone. ...

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Baxter, the parakeet
Posted Wednesday, May 7, at 9:09 AM

Pets will do almost anything for a treat. You can teach a dog to roll over, sit, spin around, speak, or lie down. Just give the pet a treat after it performs. My dog Chip would do his tricks for a vanilla wafer. I now have a parakeet that responds to me. ...

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The Easter parade
Posted Wednesday, April 16, at 2:22 PM

It's time for the Easter parade. When I was a teenager I remember buying an Easter outfit to wear to church on Sunday morning. My dress was a navy blue dotted swiss with a full tiered skirt. My new white dress shoes had about a two inch heel. I had white lace gloves to match and a white purse...

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Married or single?
Posted Tuesday, April 8, at 11:59 AM

Married or single, that is the question. I've listened in on conversations that listed the pros and cons. A widowed friend mused aloud this week about which would be best. "I think it might be nice to be married," she said. "It would be comforting to have a husband to watch over me...to take care of me when I'm sick or in need."...

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I was almost hacked
Posted Tuesday, March 25, at 12:06 PM

Someone tried to hack me. I never expected it and still wonder how it happened. About a month ago, I received a letter from Regions Card Services informing me there was suspicious and potentially fraudulent use on my VISA credit card account. The letter wanted me to contact their office because my account had been placed in referral status until they could speak with me. They had attempted to contact me by telephone, they said...

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Finding a pot of gold
Posted Tuesday, March 18, at 1:30 PM

St. Patrick's Day has come and gone. I didn't find a pot of gold, but then I'm not a leprechaun. What would I do with a pot of gold? I'm not talking about the lottery, but a pot of gold. How much would that be? Five hundred dollars? Five thousand? More?...

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Those wasted minutes
Posted Tuesday, March 11, at 3:33 PM

I would have more hours in the day were it not for several factors. Like looking for lost things. I spend a lot of time searching for things. Each day when I take my medications, I have to search through an assortment of plastic containers and read the labels. That takes several minutes three times a day...

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Getting a puppy
Posted Thursday, March 6, at 3:36 PM

It didn't work out. An elderly friend of mine (most of them are elderly or getting close) decided she wanted a dog to keep her company, maybe. She saw an ad for some adorable designer puppies, at a reasonable price. A designer dog isn't a purebred, but a combination of two purebreds, like a Maltese and a Shih tzu...

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A time to discard
Posted Tuesday, February 25, at 11:53 AM

have resolved to read more and discard more. Recently I was reading some familiar passages of scripture in Ecclesiastes 3 that begin: There is a time for everything And a season for every activity under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die A time to plant and a time to uproot...

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Everyone is a painter
Posted Tuesday, February 18, at 6:05 PM

I'm not an artist. I don't know how to paint. But poet Oliver Wendell Holmes contradicts me. He said that life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. Those words popped out at me when I read them this week. Holmes suggests that all my life I've been painting a picture. What appears on my canvas and yours is up to each of us...

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Beloved Valentines
Posted Tuesday, February 11, at 4:35 PM

If we are lucky, a special Valentine comes along. Cupid flings an arrow and we become smitten as never before. But there are other kinds of Valentines that touch our lives. Maybe they don't cause the heart to pound, but they exude pure love just the same...

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