Archives in Category: Small Town Life

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Latest Obsession

I live in the undeclared Farm Stand Center of Michigan, maybe even of the entire Midwest.  From asparagus in late spring to pumpkins in late fall, fresh produce is only a corncob’s throw away.  And the farmer on duty understands

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Condo Living

We all know one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This is one reason garage sales proliferate. Why resale shops endure. But when you live in a condo community, this adage becomes problematic.

Usually the master condo documents lay out

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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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Forever Books

My local independent bookstore, Forever Books, turned seventeen this past week. While seventeen isn’t a milestone most people think about, in the indie bookstore community it’s a lifetime. I think Amazon has had a lot to do with this.

Robin

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Mall Walking

Some friends and I are about to celebrate our second anniversary as mall walkers. I’m not sure we’re doing the cake and ice cream thing, but it is worth acknowledging.

We live where winter can be inhospitable for walking outdoors.

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For Every Season, Turn, Turn, Turn

I’ve been pulling everything out of my flower beds for the past five days and battening the proverbial hatches for winter. Today I cut the last flowering roses from my bushes and put them in a vase in my office. 

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She Made My Day

Went to Meijer today for a tomato, and ended up buying forty-nine dollars’ worth of groceries.  Pricy tomato!

Still, it was worth it.  I also bought tonic and a bottle of vodka with the tomato and the Chicago Tribune. Lemons

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B4

I belong to the B4 book club.  If you’re wondering, the B4 stands for “Broads and Books Beyond Belief.” We’re definitely B to the fourth power.

Today was our annual organizational meeting where we chose what we’ll read for the

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Mall Walking

The weather has turned snarky with gusty wind, swirling snow, and ominous skies.  A far cry from summer’s warmth.  So some friends and I are back to the mall to get our walking in. One friend claims that she doesn’t

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Embracing Social Media

My friends all know I’m one of the last holdouts for signing on to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the rest of the social crawl that’s constant on today’s cell phones, tablets, and other devices.

My friends have also shared their

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