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The bright pink, rubber whiffle ball—a favorite dog toy, especially when I frost the insides with peanut butter— rolled under the chair. Chance, my adorable, playful dog ran to the chair and stopped abruptly. He stared at the chair, then looked at me. “Rut roh,” he said with his big brown eyes.

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As I was contemplating this week’s column, I sat with a piece of paper and a pen, doodling aimlessly to see what would surface. If you’re like me, when you scribble arbitrarily you often end up drawing the same thing over and over. I draw random patterns with straight lines, curvy lines and …

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There are a lot of people who feel like this year is not getting off to a stellar start. We kicked 2020 out the door at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2021, hoping the last 10 months would tumble down the stairs, roll under the porch and fade from memory. We went to bed soon after to d…

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We think we’re so smart. We have evolved from using carrier pigeons to communicate to socializing via Facebook! Back in the day, we used to write letters, drop them in a mailbox and wait several days—even weeks with the Pony Express—for the letter to arrive at its destination and then severa…

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For this past Christmas I made tree ornaments that were a once-in-a-lifetime design: a snowman wearing a face mask. If I’d given these ornaments as gifts last Christmas, the recipients would have unwrapped these little N95 guys and shrugged. But in 2020 a masked snowman ornament made perfect sense.

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Christmas and cookies go together like Easter and eggs. You can’t have one without the other. This Christmas season, however, baking multiple varieties of the family favorites wasn’t the same, because of COVID. (How many times have we had to say “because of COVID” in 2020? I am so ready to c…

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Christmas is a week out, for whatever that’s worth. For me and mine, the holiday won’t be much different than every other day since last March 13th. We’ll stay home. Read the paper. Go for a walk. Visit my mom and touch palm to palm, with a plate of window glass between us. We won’t be with …

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Let’s talk rock stars. In the ’50s it was Elvis. The ’60s brought Jimi Hendrix. Along came Elton John in the ’70s and Michael Jackson in the ’80s. The ’90s were marked by a woman: Celine Dion, and from there, I don’t know because I got too old to listen to pop music. But I’m not too old to k…

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The AP (Associated Press) Stylebook is a writing guide for journalists. It is the go-to for reporters and columnists who want to write correctly. Because our language is perpetually morphing, the writer’s guide provides updates and guidelines to keep current on today’s parlance. Such as psyc…

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Thanksgiving has always been a day for getting together with family and friends to share a meal. It’s not about gifts and decorations, or chocolate and roses, or costumes and candy, or Jesus. There are no make-believe characters like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny involved. It’s just family…

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During the pandemic I’m doing all the things we’re told to do: I’m masking up, washing up and holing up. When I need to buy something—which isn’t often—I’m doing my shopping online. I’d prefer to shop in person, but I’m keeping a very small COVID-free bubble which means the computer has beco…

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This past Tuesday was a milestone birthday for me. I was born in 1960 and I turned 60 years old on the 10th. From ’60 to 60. Until the age of 31, we can each have our “golden birthday, ” which is when one’s age matches one’s birthdate. So my 10th birthday on the 10th of November was my golde…

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