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Shhhhhhh!   I’m about to tell you a secret!   Look both ways and vow to keep it to yourself, because I’m only going to tell you this once.   I have begun drinking … more
My sister Billie is celebrating a birthday on Saturday.  I won’t tell you how old she is—I mean how young she is—but her birthday just happens to be the same day that Marty … more
Just when you think that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, something lovely happens unexpectedly and it gives you hope.  A week ago, I got an email from Chewy, the pet supply … more
This is the time of year when elections get serious. There are phone calls, texts, lawn signs, and seemingly unending requests for donations to various candidates.  While it can wear one … more
Autumn is arguably the most glorious time of year in our part of the world.  The leaves are at peak color, the days are warm, and the nights are cool, and we haven’t yet begun the frenetic … more
Well, it’s bear season around these parts. And they are making themselves right at home. I not only know where the bear relieves himself (hint: it’s not always in the woods), but I also … more
 By now, the entire world is familiar with Wordle.  It is a brilliantly simple word game created by programmer Josh Wardle for his partner. Wardle, Wordle- see what he did there? It was … more
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died. While some have groused about the long period of mourning for the Queen, I found the services quite moving and appropriate.  She is the … more
My granddaughter Adeline and her parents are big tennis fans. They love the U.S. Open which is held in Flushing at the end of the summer and usually try to go there at least once during the … more
Living in the country is the best. Surrounded by nature, we are nourishing our souls every day. On every list of what’s good for us that I’ve ever read, spending time in nature always makes it … more
I recently ended the lon- gest relationship of my life. It wasn’t easy, but it was also just time. We were both older, we had been through a lot of rough spots and have dealt with the … more
I often accuse my daughter of making things up. Like the time she told me to buy “bronze die cut pasta.” I’ve been around a long time, and I never in my life heard about pasta cut … more
About a month ago, I purchased a new computer.  Mine was running slowly and was all out of memory so that it was difficult to run programs and my Zoom calls were always in danger of getting … more
 I am a very lucky grandma because I have my wonderful granddaughter Adeline staying with me so she can attend Horse Camp nearby.  We’re having lots of fun and I am very impressed … more
I have a rather momentous birthday that is quickly bearing down on me.   I have no idea how exactly I have reached this grand age, but it seems that somehow or other, I have.   My … more
I am visiting my family in Florida and they planned lots of fun things for me to do. On Friday I went with my niece Amy and great nephew Jack to the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay to see Dude Perfect. … more
I have been sitting down to write these columns since 1978. For 44 years I have stared at a piece of blank paper or a blank computer screen and wondered what morsels of wit and wisdom I would pass on … more
I’m beginning to think that we are living in a brand-new world. We are constantly having to adjust our ideas of what “normal” is. Remember when you used to steer clear of … more
This past Saturday we had the sad task of saying goodbye to Gracie, our sweet little pup who has been with us for the past 12 years. During her all-too-short time on this earthly plane, Gracie had … more
I hope that many have heard Matthew  McConaughey’s speech on Tuesday at the White House. His powerful words brought the attention of the nation once again to the heinous toll that gun … more
 I love this time of year. Everything is as green as can be, and my flowers are starting to bloom.  There are many types of gardeners, and my sisters Laurie and Mary are what I … more
So here we are, again.  Mass shootings have become a regular occurrence in American life.  But even we, inured to bad news, are grief-stricken by the news of yet another school shooting … more
Sometimes so many things change so quickly that they create unforeseen problems. I know that famed motto of the creators of Facebook was “move fast and break things,” and they certainly … more
People often say, “One day we will look back at this and laugh.” When discussing my teenage years, however, we look back and say, “Was that real life?!” I was a unique … more
Life is full of mysteries. There are so many things that have no logical explanation. They just happen, and we are left scratching our heads in bewilderment. One thing I’ve always wondered … more
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