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Throughout the year the community is always so responsive to this column, and I really do appreciate you all so much and I am also grateful for all of the emails and questions that come in each week. … more
If you are full of kringle and nog, I don’t want to bring my wet blanket into it very far, even though it’s tempting. The Christmas season once lasted a week or two. Then a month. Now it’s two … more
Thanksgetting? Sounds like one of those made-up holidays, doesn’t it? We all know there is no such holiday as Thanksgetting — well maybe not technically, but quite possibly a twist on the … more
How are you doing?” It was a common and simple enough question to ask a friend of mine whom I had not spoken to in a while. Her response, “Better than yesterday, awesome today, and not yet quite … more
Old friends," Simon and Garfunkel sang, "sat on their park bench like book ends." Smitty would need a helping hand to sit on a park bench with me. I carry him up and down the stairs too. Our walks … more
People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." This is a quote that has been attributed to many people over the years including President Theodore Roosevelt, John Maxwell, … more
Just today my husband told me that our electricity bill had been higher last month than the entire seven years we’ve lived in our home. How can that be? We don’t have air conditioning, we turn off lights as we leave rooms, we shut off the … more
Young people begin using marijuana for many reasons: curiosity, peer pressure and the desire to fit in with social environments. Those who have already begun to smoke cigarettes or use alcohol or both are at increased risk of using marijuana as … more
Out of necessity, my college syllabi expanded by the month, as new infractions were coming in all the time. My first syllabus, in 1973, asked for no smoking, and that was about it. By the end … more
It is not a matter of devastation or disaster hitting us or someone we love at some point, it is just a matter of when. That is a reality and although this column always focuses on sharing a positive … more
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