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Poppy Controversy

Memorial Day weekend means two things these days, the more anticipated being the beginning of the summer season, with all the red-white-and-blue sales and the picnics and the opening of pools that go along with that. Of course, Memorial Day is also a day of observance, a day set aside […]

Morning Run Amok

I am convinced this dog is trying to kill me. Have you heard of the remedial running program called “Couch to 5K”?  Basically the idea is that, even though you’re fat and out of shape, you can start slowly and gradually work your way up, and in a couple of […]

Social Hypochondriac

Did you ever meet someone who sort of collects people?  They can talk to anyone, and everyone’s their best friend. I’m not like that. I think of myself more as a social hypochondriac.  I never know if I’m saying or doing the right thing, and I frequently second-guess myself. Sit […]

There’s a spreadsheet for that

It all started when I bought the house. Actually, no.  If I’m honest, it started before that – back when I was working in real estate, I was occasionally called upon to create an amortization schedule for a non-bank mortgage.  Fortunately, my word processing program at the time (Microsoft Works!) […]

He wants it NOW!

When we went to meet our Great Dane, Thor, he was in foster care; that is, he had “three hots and a cot” while awaiting his “forever home.”   He’d integrated well with the resident pack – and one can only assume when you’re caring for SEVEN Great Danes, if the […]

Nest of Dragons

I love to listen to podcasts – I love being able to plug into a source of information or entertainment pretty much on demand.  The possibilities are endless – and available in 10- to 60-minute increments. One of my favorite podcasts is called Freakonomics (where the hosts explore “the hidden […]

Work Uniform

A while back, I heard the suggestion to “simplify your life” by dressing in a “uniform.”  Not an official uniform, of course – I’d look pretty silly walking into the office in an actual uniform, wouldn’t I?  No, what was meant, or at least the way I took it, was […]

Sorrow

I was heading out the other morning when I heard the news report: a fatal accident, with an unidentified male, in the vicinity of my son’s home.  I didn’t think much of it, only that I should call my son today, once I was sure he was up.  I hadn’t […]

Healthy Habits

Diets.   I’m not a fan. It seems to me that living in a way that you’re always telling yourself “no” or “I can’t” is just no way to live. However, my determination to avoid denying myself, coupled with an ever-slowing metabolism, means that I’ve got (more than) a few pounds […]

Sock Worthiness

I was chatting with a friend at the gym a few years ago, bemoaning the fact that I was going to have to learn how to darn my hand-knitted socks, and she suggested that that may not be a bad thing, since that meant that the recipients of those socks […]