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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]