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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
A flea market connoisseur
Posted Tuesday, October 21, at 10:37 AM
Are you a garage sale connoisseur? At times, I think I am. My eye is always out for that once in a lifetime artistic find, like an oil painting by Picasso or DaVinci. In reality the only painting (a print, actually) that I bought was in a flea market for $1. I displayed it for a short time, then relegated it to my sunroom, a catchall for castaways...

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Remembering Aunt Stella
Posted Tuesday, October 14, at 1:00 PM

It has been a long time since my Aunt Stella passed away. It was probably 40 years ago, give or take. But today I was thinking about her. I can see her in my mind's eye. She was petite, probably not more than 5 feet tall. I see her smiling or her head thrown back laughing at something some family member said...

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Golden Age
Posted Tuesday, October 7, at 11:37 AM

I was one of those senior adults who attended a Golden Age conference two weeks ago. There were silver haired men and women all over the place. But there was lots of laughter and comraderie, too. That conference got me to thinking about the golden years...

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On being a hoarder
Posted Tuesday, September 23, at 11:48 AM

I've been reading articles about cluttering and ways to remedy the malady. Some of us are hoarders and don't even know it. We've surrounded our homes with stuff we've accumulated over the years. A lot of the stuff was given to us as gifts and they have sentimental value. We don't want, and don't, part with it. So it accumulates on shelves, in corners, in cardboard boxes or overflowing baskets...

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Neckties, stilettos and earrings
Posted Tuesday, September 16, at 4:54 PM

We are gluttons for punishment. Fashion year after fashion year, we subject our bodies to fashions that should have stayed in the store. Some are hazardous to one's health. Men's neckties, for instance. Humorist Lewis Grizzard said that men who wear neckties all the time tend to be high strung and nervous because they've got this piece of cloth tied tightly around their necks. ...

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Do you suffer from brain fog?
Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 3:01 PM

Do you sometimes try to bring something to mind but just can't do it. For example, the name of a friend or acquaintance. You stand there blank, trying to bring up a name that you certainly should know. It's embarrassing, to say the least. Recently I was watching an old black and white movie featuring movie stars I used to watch at the movie house. I knew them all. But as I watched this beautiful film star I once adored, I could not recall her name...

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A bucket of ice water
Posted Tuesday, September 2, at 3:36 PM

Ice water is "soaking" the nation. It's all part of the ALS ice bucket challenge to raise money for research and bring awareness to Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS is another name for amyotropic lateral sclerosis, a disease with no known cure. Baseball player Lou Gehrig revealed his diagnosis in 1939. The New York Yankees baseball great died of the disease at age 37 in 1941...

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Humorous situations
Posted Tuesday, August 26, at 9:27 AM

They say humor can be found in any circumstance, whether it is illness, financial or marital woes, old age, poverty. Maybe that's true. At least certain people seem to look at things through rose-colored glasses. Linda Ellerbee said that a few weeks after her breast cancer surgery, she went out to play catch with her golden retriever. ...

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Does Worry Ever End?
Posted Friday, August 15, at 10:06 AM

Do we ever stop worrying about our children? That's a question asked by parents all through life. I think the answer is no. Although my children are adults, I still worry about them. But the question here is a different kind. Do children ever stop worrying about their parents?...

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Babies and young mothers
Posted Tuesday, August 5, at 4:00 PM

This morning I watched a mother of three small children corralling her brood as she tried to load some stuff into her car. They blocked her way, pell mell, as they tried to see what she was doing. It didn't faze her as she moved them from place to place, out of her way...

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Those golden rule days
Posted Tuesday, July 29, at 1:59 PM

August is just around the corner. Hard to believe, isn't it? Mothers are shopping for school supplies and clothing for their youngsters and teachers are getting ready to assemble their classrooms for the first day of school. It takes a lot of preparation before parents and teachers gather for Open House...

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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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