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Parents and recent high school graduates are having the same issue right now; something both need to remember. Emotions are running high for many parents because they are preparing for their chicks …

A slow reentry

Several weeks ago, I went to a small gathering. It was the first of its kind for me in over a year. We were a room of about 14 people, all fully vaccinated and past the two-week waiting period. We …

Behold, it is the year of the cicadae. Yes, I know, it sounds like the title of a Stephen King book, but it isn’t. It’s glorious reality, and I, for one, am very grateful to be part of it …

There’s a wonderful country song called, “There Goes My Life.” We are fortunate that, with all the online availability, we can hear old music as easily as the new stuff with just …

America, we have a problem. Just when we think it’s safe to go back in the water …Though, too many Americans are refusing the COVID vaccine. This makes life opening up in our country …

Recently, a really adorable young gal and I had a quick chat. She had posted a photo of herself in her unintentionally mismatched earrings; she’s one busy mom. Mentioning this column to her, she …

Spending time in other people’s company is something rare these days but most of us love being with people and life’s many avenues of joy. Socializing is the feast of the gregarious and we’re …

We need to talk about the use of euphemism in our everyday language. Usually, it’s a good thing; it helps us say hard things softly, but it can also unfairly soften what should, or even needs to, …

Isn’t it amazing how we carry on? Though, sadly, to cover all the bases we must acknowledge that some people don’t … but for the most part, we do. We stare down the barrel of whatever …

It’s taken a while but America is picking up steam and some optimism, finally. With our nation as divided as it was, the outlook wasn’t good. For some of us it still may not be, but the gap …

It seems to me that news “reporters” in television, delivering news accompanied by a soliloquy of personal opinion and interpretation is a fairly new development. It came along with television …

Over the past couple of days, I have been reminded more than once about the heart of a home. As signs often do, they came to me out of the blue and in a few different ways. Our impact on each …

There’s an old song from the 1960s called “Up On The Roof.” It’s not a song about Santa delivering Christmas gifts; it’s about renewal. The lyrics suggest that when the world gets …

Other than the pandemic and politics – though they are endless fonts of conversational fodder – lots of what is going on today in America is about individuality. Individual groups are calling to …

Life is so full. Most of us are busier than ever now just trying to keep up with the changes and stay safe – and not just from the virus. Though we’re all struggling with its impact – physical, …

There’s always so much we need to talk about, so much to understand. Understanding cannot come without sharing. It’s very difficult to feel something as deeply as someone going through it feels …

This past Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil advised us that we were in for six more weeks of winter but we certainly have more to dodge in our near future than snowflakes. While, for many, the …

We’ve talked about plastic before, and with the nation in such terrible shape, we have many problems to solve. Still, without a healthy planet to sustain us, nothing matters. So, the …

As I write, it’s snowing, for the second day in a row. It snowed all night as well. The accumulation after such a protracted precipitation should be much more than we are seeing around these …

Today, I learned something new … not easy at my age. Today, a 2-month-old baby taught me a treasured lesson to last a lifetime. When any of us learns something we thought we already knew it’s …

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