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To My Neglected Friends: Smartphone Technology Is Hurting Our Friendship

THEN: Sitting around my  kitchen table, eight friends passed around vacation photographs. One friend told anecdotes of his summer adventures as I filled wine and soda pop glasses and fetched beers for our guests. Sharing vacation pictures was a great … Continue reading

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The Hunt is ON!

Scavenger Hunt (definition):  a game, typically played in an extensive outdoor area, in which participants have to collect a number of miscellaneous objects. My mini van was occupied by two sensible adults and four overly eager, almost frenetic teens. At … Continue reading

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UnPlug It!

The teens were seated in a long row, prior to the start of the play.  Every head was bowed; each pair of fingers tapping away on a phone.  These kids were friends, relatively good friends…….yet they were all engaged elsewhere. … Continue reading

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Melting an Icy Heart

I lost someone dear to me recently and since then, those who loved and respected him….and there were many….have said the kindest, most generous words about him to me. “He was always welcoming, and he made everyone feel like family.” … Continue reading

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Volunteer or be VolunTOLD?

Jake and I were in the checkout line at the Goodwill with my trash-to-treasure find.  The two dollar wood table was missing two support dowels and was technically still categorized as trash.  But with Jake’s repair and my refinishing plans…..it … Continue reading

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Peace, Love….and the Hippie Free Store

They traveled by VW bus…..and sometimes by the horsepower of an outstretched thumb.  They grew out their hair, burned their bras, and jumped on the peace train. Some headed to San Fran or NYC….or other places that promised a difference. … Continue reading

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RoofTop Chalie and the Paparrazzi

I stepped out of my front door, bright red leash in hand, anticipating a nice leisurely walk with RoofTop Chalie…….just Chalie and me. Chalie’s usual walker is dear old Dad, but he was working late.  But Chalie looks forward to his evening … Continue reading

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Thrifty Is….. As Thrifty Does

From a young age, my kids have been taught to appreciate a bargain. And Josh, who is twenty now, seems to understand the value of a buck more than he ever did. On Sunday afternoon, he spent almost thirty minutes … Continue reading

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