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The good samaritans
Posted Tuesday, March 17, at 4:28 PM
The snow is gone but the recent March snow will be remembered for a long time. Area schools were dismissed for a week and churches also canceled services. Children had fun building snowmen or sledding, having snowball fights, enjoying the deep snow that held some people snowbound for days...

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Making snow ice cream
Posted Tuesday, March 10, at 2:53 PM

I daresay that many of The Town Crier readers have never made snow ice cream. When I was a little girl, after the first big snow my parents would treat us to homemade snow ice cream. I remember my dad going outside with a large bowl or pan and gathering clean snow; a full pan...

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Thank goodness for commercials
Posted Wednesday, February 25, at 2:28 PM

Archie Bunker said TV commercials are the way people learn things. How would women know what to do with those feminine products? Or what cereal to buy? Or what shampoo to use for silkier hair? Without commercials we'd miss out on all those two for one bargains, like the magic leg brace that fixes back problems, or those copper studded gloves that are "so cute" you can wear them anywhere. It's true that commercials are informative, educational, and repetitive...

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Two great presidents
Posted Tuesday, February 17, at 1:39 PM

You can know a man by the pets he keeps. That really isn't a famous saying. It's just something I made up. But the kind of pets we keep do tell something about us. This column will deal with the pets of two of our past presidents. Since we have just recognized Presidents Day honoring Abraham Lincoln and also George Washington, I've decided to zero in on their pets...

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A Valentine message
Posted Tuesday, February 10, at 1:30 PM

She was hopping mad. He had forgotten their anniversary; no present, no acknowledgement. They had been married some 35 odd years. So she confronted him. He was contrite. So he went out into his workshop and found an old Valentine's Day card and presented it to her...

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Men are different
Posted Tuesday, February 3, at 9:41 AM

Man is an enigma, too. I was married to one for 35 years. He never totally understood me, nor I him. But, as the story goes, after several years of marriage, we became as one. We could almost read each other's thoughts. He could finish a sentence that I had started...

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Never too old to learn
Posted Tuesday, January 13, at 12:09 PM

One is never too old to learn. I am convinced of that every day. Just today I learned what a smash cake is. I'd never before heard that term. But I'm told that it is a miniature cake that accompanies a larger cake at a birthday party for the very young...

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More Resolutions
Posted Tuesday, January 6, at 11:31 AM

How're you doing with your New Year's resolutions? I'm doing good. I vowed to quit smoking. That one is easy since I've never smoked. Then I vowed to lose down to 135 pounds. That's another easy one since I don't weigh that much yet. I believe that it is best to list a couple of resolutions that are attainable, rather than a long list of impossible goals...

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The new year, 2015
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 9:38 AM

The old year ends with the Christmas celebration of the newborn Christ Child. The new year is at hand and probably the happiest person about that is Santa. He's just winding down from a hectic Christmas and he's ready for a leisurely winter nap. All those cookies are taking a toll, too. He must have put on 20 pounds or more on Christmas Eve...

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The Christmas fruitcake
Posted Tuesday, December 23, at 9:47 AM

Christmas is here, not looming in the distance. Presents are wrapped, plans are made for the holiday meal. Special Christmas parties are ending, including candlelight services and Christmas socials at churches, plus other events. Little children wait anxiously for the arrival of Santa on Christmas Eve. They can almost hear the reindeer on the rooftop as he delivers wonderful gifts and surprises...

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The angel hair tree
Posted Tuesday, December 16, at 12:55 PM

It was Christmas in rural Indiana. My children were excited as Christmas day drew near. My three-year-old son wanted a red riding tractor. My seven-year-old daughter wanted a ballerina doll. We were a long way from our family and the place we called home in Southeast Missouri. But this holiday there was no money for a trip back home. Nor could my husband get leave from the military base where he was stationed. So we tried to make the best of it...

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Figuring out a woman
Posted Tuesday, December 9, at 9:37 AM

It seems to me that men ought to understand women by now. Women have been around since Adam and Eve, maybe before. And they haven't changed that much. When a woman asks a man if she looks fat in a certain outfit, she certainly doesn't expect him to say, "Yes." That would be near fatal. When Eve asked Adam if her fig leaf made her look fat, do you for one minute think he said, "Yes."...

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Let us give thanks
Posted Tuesday, November 25, at 10:57 AM

Thanksgiving is here. That means it's time to forget or put aside hardships, trials, and perhaps disappointments. It's time to give thanks for all the good things in our lives. There are so many that get pushed aside with negative thoughts or happenings...

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My two legged friend
Posted Thursday, November 13, at 9:32 AM

Baxter and I get along just fine. It took some adjusting on both our parts but now we co-exist. Baxter came to live with me a year ago on my birthday. At first he cowered in his cage, backed away if I came too close. But he soon became comfortable in his new surroundings...

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An attitude change
Posted Tuesday, November 4, at 11:31 AM

My attitude, or way of thinking, changes like the seasons. I think it has something to do with my stage in life and it has a lot to do with age, too. When I was younger, the holidays took on a spirit of wonder, awe, happiness. Especially when the children were small, at the age when everything was a magical time for them. There was fun and excitement as they opened each present under the tree. Christmas was a joyful time...

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Halloween, then and now
Posted Tuesday, October 28, at 1:41 PM

Halloween used to be safer. At least, that's my thinking. When my children were trick or treaters, I had no fear of letting them trick or treat without a guardian. Yes, at first I went with them, but later they were allowed to go without me. They had their instructions, their plastic Halloween pumpkins and masks. They were not to leave the neighborhood, to stay close to home...

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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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