Archives in Category: Me/Family

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Making a Plan

I’ve done it hundreds of times: made a plan. I’ve made plans for parties, plans for trips, plans for getting work done, and – yes – plans for self-improvement. And, once again, I’m making a plan for this last category.

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Design Guy

Today is Design Guy’s birthday. From what he told me in our last chat, he and his partner are taking twenty-four hours and getting off the grid. Going to a small resort in an upstate New York meadow. Probably having

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Marathon Musings

I’ve never been to Duluth, MN, and might never have come now except for my son Kevin’s plans to participate in Grandma’s Marathon tomorrow. It’s the fortieth anniversary running of this event; and it’s being acknowledged in a big way.

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Mother’s Day, 2016

Yesterday, I whined about Donald Trump. Today I’m taking on Mother’s Day. People will soon call me a Curmudgeon First Class.

It’s not mothers or motherhood or mothering that I object to. It’s not the Hallmark® idea that offspring should

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Weekend Casualties

Easter weekend was wonderful, but it wasn’t without its moments. Moments of angst. That’s the way life is. For the record, here are some things that could have derailed our enjoyment, if we’d let them.

First, we broke a little

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Honoring the Day

Many Americans remember that on this day in 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States subsequently joined World War II. I say ‘many’ because as the decades tumble after each other, there are fewer and fewer people

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Cleaning House

About a month ago, I un-hired my cleaning lady and hired myself instead.

My cleaning lady did my home in about two and half hours and often commented on how easy it was. That didn’t surprise me, because my husband

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Tea Anyone?

I found a story in tea cups during book club at my home yesterday.

I was preparing to serve the usual coffee, tea, and water.  Got the mugs out for the Joe; found my pitcher for the water; and then

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Doing Swimmingly

For several years I swam at a local health club two to three times a week. I even took some refresher lessons and learned to do the butterfly. Almost mastered the breathing that accompanies it too.

But then I became

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He Had It First

My son’s forty-seventh birthday is today, and I am sharing it with him in Fargo, ND, along with other family members.  My longest friend, Carol, also shares this date; and I’m wishing her the best too.

In a way, September

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