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About two weeks ago, my youngest daughter left on an extended, out of state trip with her best friend’s family. She took the same trip with them a couple of years ago. As band members, my two girls … more
The fingers of one hand are more than enough to count the disparaging columns I’ve written about online purchases that I feel warrant “red alert” warnings. There’s a current issue, … more
Obituaries. When I took this position with the Tri County Leader, I never once gave a thought to the fact that I would be responsible for editing and placing obituaries into the newspaper. I just wanted to write stories and report local news. I was excited for the opportunity to do so. more
A few nights ago, I discovered an interesting new way to stay awake if you’re feeling drowsy. Who needs a 5 Hour Energy drink or a Red Bull if you have live animals in your bathroom late at night? You see, I got out of bed and went to my bathroom at about one o’clock in the morning and discovered a small frog on the toilet tank. Thank goodness I turned on the light before it bounced onto my shoulder while I was using the facilities! But on the other hand, turning on the light meant jump starting my heart when I saw it disappear behind the toilet tank! Yikes! more
She’s persuasive without being pushy, soliciting Bibles with resolve like the late Clara Peller. You’ll recall how Clara continually questioned, “Where’s the beef?” in Wendy’s long-ago hamburger commercials. The comparison to Peller ends with “resolve,” however. Dallas’ Jo Witte--staring 90 in the face--isn’t seeking fame or fortune. more
July 4th is a federal holiday. Many take the time to celebrate the birth of our nation during Independence Day and many simply enjoy a day off work. My husband and I recently attended a celebration at a local church. There was a large choir accompanied by an orchestra. Songs about freedom, our country and God were sung. There was prayer for our national and state leaders, the posting of colors and recognition of those who had served or were serving in the armed forces of our nation. more
When my oldest daughter started school, all of the ‘firsts’ were so emotional. There was the first day of school, the first field trip, the first class play, the first class party, the first class project. Everything was a highly tear-fueled experience for me. (Mommies tend to find reasons to cry on just about any occasion.) more
I don’t know how butchers and candlestick makers are faring, but bakers these days have their hands full of more than dough. Fast-food places want them to “work their buns on.” Dough isn’t being kneaded fast enough to meet their needs. This observation may come across as half-baked, but what else is new? more
You never quit being a mom. This is something I learned over Father’s Day weekend. Go figure. Our children were all under our roof on Father’s Day this year. My husband didn’t know everyone was coming in to visit, so it was an enjoyable surprise for him. We even had an “adopted” child with her two little ones, a 14-month-old boy and 2-month old girl. more
Since I was a young child, I’ve always loved to read. My mom loves to tell the story of how I took a Reader’s Digest to Mrs. Tomlin’s first grade class at Cain Elementary to read just for fun. At the time, it didn’t seem at all weird to me. When my now twenty-one year old daughter was in elementary school, she was exactly the same way. She got an early approval to begin checking out books from the school library long before her peers were allowed to, and she had a special pass so that she could return and check out new books more frequently more
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