A call for the return of free air and filling stations

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At the risk of dating myself, remember the days when real service stations, i.e. gas stations with attendants, existed? The attendants scurried out to greet customers as soon as their car tires tripped the bell. They checked the oil, cleaned the windshield and pumped the gas, while the customer sat in the comfort of his or her car. Back then, … Read More

He ain’t heavy, he’s my blanket

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I have a new obsession: weighted blankets. And I know what you must be thinking. “What on earth are weighted blankets and why would anyone need one?” Hang onto your horses, and let me answer the second part of that question first. I don’t like being cold. And some nights (and days, for that matter) I just can’t seem to … Read More

On daredevils, adventures and rites of passage

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Colton is the daredevil of the family. I’m not sure where he gets it —certainly not from me—but I’m convinced daredevilism (is that a real word?) must be a part of one’s DNA. Once you have it, it’s hard to shake. As is the memory of one of Colton’s most memorable stunts. From where I stood that day, Colton was … Read More

How I was almost a Jello wrestler

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When was the last time you freed your mind? I mean really let your thoughts go to the point you didn’t have a care in the world? For me, it was last week. After procrastinating for a year and a half, I finally made it to the float tank for an hour of rest and relaxation. The things I’m willing … Read More

What I learned from a three-layer cake

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Last weekend, I helped my mom make one of her signature desserts—a decadently rich and wonderful triple-layer chocolate cake. A cake so good that several family members fight for ownership, claiming that Nan (my mom) created it especially for them. My kids are among those fighting for dibs. And because of that, Mom off-handedly remarked that perhaps I should learn … Read More

Ancestry test trickier than expected

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Did you ever see Louie Anderson’s skit about his little brother, Tommy? Louie told Tommy he was adopted. “They were frog-faced people,” Louie told him. “I saw them drop you off.” And poor little Tommy bought the story hook, line and sinker, going so far as to tape his eyes shut every night so his eyes wouldn’t pop out of … Read More

Dogs, cats, and the bells of discord

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If you’re a pet owner, you probably know housebreaking a dog is much like potty training a child. Just as some dogs are easier to housebreak than others, some children are easier to potty train. Regardless, it’s a necessary evil along the path of childhood and puppydom. Housebreaking Stryker was a breeze. Although I have no proof, I suspect one … Read More

Does anybody really know what time it is?

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I love getting up early. There’s something magical about operating before the rest of the world is stirring. My creativity is high, my stress is low, and the coffee pot is my best friend. Except lately I’ve been out of sorts, thanks to the biannual time change. Don’t get me wrong—I don’t mind the fall back, or the extra hour … Read More

Finding life’s answers in a Facebook quiz

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If you spend any amount of time on social media—and especially in the world of Facebook—you’re probably familiar with all the quizzes that float around. Whether they measure your intelligence, pick your perfect color, or assess your ideal career, these tests answer the questions that have stumped the world’s greatest scholars. Or at least it’s entertaining to pretend they do. … Read More

How to be a break-and-bake hero

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It’s easy to overlook life’s everyday conveniences, isn’t it? We can illuminate a room with the flip of a switch, take a shower with the turn of a knob, and have face-to-face conversations with people around the world. We can also break-and-bake our way to  cookies that taste just like homemade—11 to 13 minutes in a preheated oven—and no one … Read More