Why every year should be Year of the Dog

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“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.’” —Rudyard Kipling Through my years as a writer, people often ask how my family feels about being thrust into … Read More

We’re all athletes now

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Beginning with tonight’s opening ceremonies, and continuing over the course of the next sixteen days, some of the world’s best athletes will perform as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games get under way. In that short span of time, total strangers will work their way into our hearts and become household names. And in the years to come, we’ll long remember … Read More

The trouble with public sinks

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I had a run-in with the bathroom sinks in a superstore the other day, and it wasn’t pretty. It also wasn’t the first time something like this has happened. In fact, I’d guesstimate this was run-in #17,483. I reached my tipping point the other day, though. Enough is enough, after all, which brings me to today’s (semi) rhetorical question. Am … Read More

Why I need a housekeeper

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I like a clean house. Everything in its place, and a place for everything. Spotlessly shiny floors, dust-free blinds, clutter-free counters, and maybe a little orange peel and rosemary simmering on the stove. This can only mean one thing: I need a housekeeper. One who’ll show up at least twice a week. Because what I like and what I live … Read More

It’s Time to Retire Gift-the-Verb

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A few thoughts on nouns, verbs, gifts, and giving We all have pet peeves, don’t we? Whether it’s disdain for a trendy phrase like “cra-cra” or someone driving 20 in a 55, there are certain things in life that grate on our last nerves—things that go through us like nails on a chalkboard, causing us to wonder if our ears … Read More

Feasts and flu shots

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Ah, traditions. Whether they’re a component of major holidays or part of our weekly rituals, we all have traditions in one form or another. For some, it may mean a  chili dinner with the family before the kids go trick-or-treating. For others, it could be pancakes every Sunday morning. In our family, it means lining up for our annual flu … Read More

What we have here is a failure to communicate

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If you’ve ever experienced a breakdown in communication, you know the cause can often be traced to a number of factors, from distraction and inattention to emotions and misunderstandings. But what about the times when someone just isn’t speaking your language? As in they don’t speak English? Such was the case a while back when I had the interior of our house … Read More