Opinion

End of an era

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I had hoped to continue my column forever, but the end has come. I want to thank all my wonderful, supportive readers who have been there through the years. I also want to thank the exceptional editors I have had and talented staff who made me look better. Thanks to Greg Pearson, who started the paper and served as the […]

Paring down, very patiently

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I have been working on cleaning out my closet and am almost finished. It has been an ongoing project for five or 10 years now. I don’t keep track. I just know I have been working on it intermittently for a long time. The problem isn’t that I need a bigger closet – then I would just save more things […]

Out with the old … maybe

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The experience I just had with respiratory viruses has taught me that the next time I need a specific pair of socks, I will have to go out and buy them. Why? Because I’ve been so tired since mid-November I’ve only been able to tackle the big jobs around the house like cleaning out my sock drawer. Actually, the reason […]

One lucky gamble

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We haven’t traveled over the holidays for quite some time but met up with the kids in – what do they call that place – Las Vegas? We have never been before. This was a family visit, so no carousing for us! With three families of similar interests, we did go to the lion sanctuary together and downtown one evening […]

Adventures in travel

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The holidays are over, and it’s less than a year before we start another Christmas season in October. We missed the first holiday in the season because we had the flu and turned down several offers to come to Thanksgiving dinner or “Could we at least bring you a plate of food?” Uh, no thanks. I had a cracker and […]

Visions of springtime

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With half the winter holidays over, some of us are looking forward to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. And what are you party people doing to celebrate? We will also be celebrating – we’ll cheer being well! Having survived the flu, the two of us slowly resumed our lives as reduced energy allowed. Until I got COVID. (Thank […]

Holiday woes

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’Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house projects are half done, my lists are lost, the cat is shedding and deadlines are coming fast. Though the dust that accumulated while we had the flu is gone, the cat continues to add fuzz to the floors and all of her perching places. The cookies are made, thanks to […]

Stocking stuffers

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I have been cruising through the online catalogs for bargains and hitting zero on the success scale. It could be that I don’t need anything. Our family has a no-gifts policy except for the kids. Don’t frown at me. I would never have voted for that policy. I like shopping for others and the wrapping, too. However, I can go […]

Escape artist

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Here we go again – getting ready for a trip out West. I have looked at the weather report for two months in advance and discovered they actually have a daily projection that far in advance, which means it is going to be semi-reliable. There is a swing of 30 degrees of daytime temperatures – the equivalent of the difference […]

A holiday to forget

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What I envisioned: scurrying around getting ready for Thanksgiving, getting the right hostess gift and deciding what to wear for a day of thanks. What I did: spent days in bed in my third-day pajamas wondering if I could turn over without breaking. I had the flu and have never been so sick. Yes, I had the flu shot and […]


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