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It Is A Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Indeed!

Five years ago today, my sister Lib had to cancel her annual St. Patrick’s Day party.  Our hometown always has a big parade, and her apartment is right on the parade route, the perfect location for viewing and celebrating.  She … Continue reading

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Little Red Hen’s Christmas Story

I kinda/sorta put up my Christmas tree the other day.  The joyous experience of decorating(ish) brought to mind this soon-to-be classic children’s story. Gather round, boys and girls, and listen to… Little Red Hen’s Christmas Story Little Red Peg taking … Continue reading

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What We Remember At The End

Two women slid into the pew directly in front of me as the church service started.  The younger led her mother by the hand.  The tiny, elderly woman was a bit unsteady on her feet, but her eyes were bright … Continue reading

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: London Edition

Me: “I just got back from a trip to London with my daughters.” Her: “How I envy you – I love London!  The art, the architecture, the history…what did you like best?” Me: “Oh, jeez, it’s hard to pick…” Her: … Continue reading

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Mortal Kombat: Battle For The Monkey Bars

Ask anybody over 40 about their childhood and they’re sure to blather on about “the good old days.” Bull-doodies. Early-onset dementia, coupled with a tendency to view the past through rose-colored glasses, means most old people can’t tell fantasy from … Continue reading

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One Small Step, One Giant Leap

Nothing makes a parent’s heart melt quite like their baby’s first, tottering steps into the safety of their loving arms.  Enjoy those moments because as soon as your kids master walking, they start to run – away from you. When … Continue reading

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My Dad Has No Rhythm, Yet He Is Still Master Of The Dance

This post was my Father’s Day gift to my Dad two years ago.  It had the honor of being Freshly Pressed and remains one of my (and my readers’) favorites. I love you, Dad!

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Get Your Knockers Up to Fight Breast Cancer

The athletes are trained. The spectators have their cheers down pat. There isn’t a pink t-shirt left to be had in the Windy City. We’re ready… for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: Chicago! It happens this weekend, June 1-2.  … Continue reading

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I Have My Mother’s Hands

I have my mother’s hands.   That’s not something I’ve ever taken as a compliment – no offense, Mom. Our hands are broad and short-fingered.   A network of lines criss-crosses both palm and back.  The adjectives “sturdy” and “capable” come to mind when … Continue reading

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That’s The Most Disgusting Stuff I Ever Tasted. Give Me A Big, Heapin’ Helping.

TV is full of experts who are eager to explain why we eat too much (or too little).  What I want to know is why do we eat the specific foods we eat?  Especially when that food tastes like slugs … Continue reading

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