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‘Sell By’ dates worth the decoding education

June 24, 2012 You know how there’s that whole “Sell By” date on so many food products these days? Well, I recently learned — the hard way — that those are much more than mere suggestion. more »»

Reviewing Dad’s rules for life on Father’s Day

June 17, 2012 Father’s Day is one of those days of poignant introspection, nostalgia — and humongous belly laughs, natch. At least in our neck of the woods. more »»

Take time to slow down, in spite of life’s hectic pace

June 10, 2012 I know you can’t see me and all — except for that exceptionally scary mugshot off over to the side there — but if you could, it probably wouldn’t take you long to realize that I’m a very bad relaxe. more »»

Aunt Patty’s words of wisdom for graduates

June 3, 2012 I can hardly believe what I witnessed yesterday afternoon. It was shocking … at least to me. more »»

Facebook can be hazardous to your marriage

May 27, 2012 I tried to tell you this before, but you just don’t listen to me. Oh, I’m sorry, for a second I was getting you folks confused with my pre-teen son. And his never-wrong father. Hmpf. more »»

Middle-school dance sends Mom into panic mode

May 20, 2012 When you first become a mother, 18 bajillion thoughts simultaneously flood your brain. more »»

A secret society reveals what makes it the best

May 13, 2012 There is a secret society. more »»

In the midst of baby fever, a reminder that time flies

May 6, 2012 I’m not sure what’s in the water in the little corner of Stark County which houses my day job, but I swear, every seventh gal I know there is expecting. more »»

A day sent by Murphy turns out to be A-OK

April 29, 2012 I never met this “Murphy” character whose laws are so very infamous. But the dude just ain’t right. And the other day, I found myself right in the middle of a day that he clearly designed. more »»

Making the best out of the unexpected

April 22, 2012 You know when you take a big gulp of cola — only to find out it’s root beer? And you taste buds are all, “Blech, ew! Why didn’t you warn me that was coming? I was not expecting that!” That’s how I... more »»

Evicting the critters to get ready for camping

April 15, 2012 And so it begins: Kimerer Camping 2012. more »»

Celebrating the true meaning of Easter

April 8, 2012 Here it is: Easter 2012. Well, at least for some. more »»

Some words of wisdom on April Fools’ Day

April 1, 2012 Here we are, April 1 and you know what that means. All over the country today, people are trading aphorism. more »»

Christmas, Easter and things that make you go ‘Hmm’

March 25, 2012 OK, so it’s exactly nine months until Christmas. Hmm. You’re wondering why I’m talking about the zenith of winter when we just crossed over into spring. more »»

Too old for the turnin’ of the green the morning after

March 18, 2012 I’m not a betting gal. Unless you give me a jar full of pennies and send me down to Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in West Virginia. more »»

Despite ups and downs, hubby is pretty great

March 11, 2012 OK, so as I write this I’m mad at Kerry. Really irked. Seriously. And that’s kind of the point. more »»

After a rotten February, putting on a smile for March

March 4, 2012 I cannot begin to relay how fundamentally destroyed I was to watch the tragedy unfold in Chardon this wee. more »»

Singed hair and mall mishaps aside, everything’s A-OK

February 26, 2012 You sort of get the idea you might be in for a rough week when it starts off with your hair on fire. That’s not some clever euphemism. My hair was on fire last weekend. Literally. more »»

Speech is free in America, even for wing-nuts

February 19, 2012 America is the greatest country on earth. It is. I have said many times and will say, many more, that I feel blessed to have been born a citizen of these United States. more »»

‘Overprotective Moms’ win battle of column topics

February 12, 2012 The mind of a writer is curious, eccentric, often harried place. more »»



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