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They were called “greasy spoons,” those folksy diners of yesteryear. Printed menus were limited, but waitpersons had their slang menu “down pat.” The one I remember best had a single line of stools, and patrons typically waited in outdoor lines for weekday “lunch runs.” more
It hit with the impact of “breaking news”– the kind that smacks us in the face on the front end of most newscasts. I felt faint – and my cell phone “clammy” – as my Uncle Mort’s words seared my brain. “I’m going to be okay, nephew,” he said. “But Maude had to take me to the emergency clinic today, right after I rolled a joint.” Rolled a joint?  My 105-year-old uncle? No way…. ***** more
Just when parents shiver with excitement because school is back in session, a sneaky little thing happens. Normally happy children come home all droopy. Worn out is one thing, but what if kids get a little hostile, too? Smart parents immediately ask perceptive questions. more
We can take such good care of other people that we forget to take care of ourselves. But, what if you had a handful of shortcuts to take care of yourself? Especially when you are with others, taking … more
This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. We actually met and dated for two years prior to getting married, so we were really celebrating 25 years together. For two … more
As we geared up for the beginning of school, my daughter and I went clothes shopping. While my kids don’t typically get a whole new wardrobe at the beginning of school, I have tried to always get them one or two new shirts or some new jeans at least. Generally speaking, throughout the year when they need clothes, we just go get them. We don’t wait for special occasions. If they outgrow shoes, we go buy new ones. If they wear out their pants, we replace them. That’s just how life is with kids. We don’t have the budget to go spend willy-nilly, but we have a couple of store credit cards to use if funds are tight. more
My tendency to mislabel my kids surfaced when our middle child was less than a year old. She knew her own mind from the moment she arrived on the planet, but she wasn’t talking yet. more
If you were driving recently in picturesque Palo Duro Canyon, don’t think the high elevation was getting to you, hallucination had begun or that your eyes were in trick mode. Pshaw, it really may have been a 103-year-old man zooming down the zipline. More specifically, it may have been Elvin Howell from the Carillon LifeCare Community in Lubbock. more
As you read this, I am sitting in a meeting at work for the first time in a couple months. Or maybe I am helping to decorate the library walls. I might be in a meeting. Or perhaps I am listening to a speaker in the auditorium with the rest of the school district employees. Of course, I might also be in a meeting. (Yes, I know I said that three times. That’s about how often we have meetings for various things during in-service week.) more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
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