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Life, Loss and My 23-Year-Old Top Loading Maytag Washer

It is a truth universally known that appliances die in threes.  You watch in helpless dread when the dishwasher starts leaking, because you know your breakdown woes have just begun.  Appliance blight will almost certainly spread.  You can only hope … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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How To Earn The Title: World’s Worst Mother-In-Law

About 25 years ago my mother-in-law, Virginia, and sister-in-law, Jane, asked me to go with them to a taping of a talk show then popular in Chicago, the Jenny Jones Show.   We were put in a holding room where the … Continue reading

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