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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 »»

There’s something going on this Sunday ...

February 5, 2012 Ooh, the excitement is in the air. Can you feel it? Something’s up with this Sunday. Even with the windows closed, I can smell the aroma of ribs, wings, chili con queso and chili cooking. more »»

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones at celebrities

January 29, 2012 Paula Deen Eats Cheeseburger — America outraged!” Um, I’m sorry, this … is … news? Yes, yes, the celebrity cook extraordinaire recently disclosed her type 2 diabetes. more »»

Coping with the baffling behavior of boys

January 22, 2012 Boys. Who needs ’em? I mean, really, if not for parallel parking, deep sea fishing and apparently, dominating the increasingly popular field of gold-mining, we could get by just fine without ’em. more »»

An American Girl that’s not so American born

January 15, 2012 I have something to tell you and I’m not sure how, so I’m just going to say it. The American Girl ... isn’t ... American. more »»

Back to ordinary time and traffic annoyances

January 8, 2012 Well, it’s roug. more »»

Resolving to be more like Gram in the new year

January 1, 2012 Ah, the first of the year. Such a time of hope, promise, anticipation, goal-setting, and determination. Oh, and let’s not forget intolerance, insolence, discourtesy and overall hot-headedness. more »»

Christmas Day is all about family traditions

December 25, 2011 And so this is Christmas — and what have you done? Sure, I’m quoting John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas” — but I’m also asking. Seriously. more »»

Remembering the true meaning of Christmas

December 18, 2011 Ah, I can hardly believe that it’s already time again for my shameless act of the year: the Patty-ization of Clement Moore’s timeless classic, “’Twas the Night before Christmas. more »»

Holiday frustrations leave mom frazzled

December 11, 2011 On the negative second day of Christmas my true love gave to me confirmation that I’m [krey-zee ]. That’s the phonetic version of the word crazy, BTW. more »»

Everything I?need to know, I?learned from Rudolph

December 4, 2011 Everything I need to know, I learned from “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Well, sort of. I mean, the 1964 animated (or is it claymation? I always get them confused .. more »»

The holiday season is upon us, ready or not

November 27, 2011 Well, there’s no turning back. This is it. The holiday season of 2011 is officially upon us. Tired of turkey yet? Me neither. more »»

What happened to taking time for Thanksgiving?

November 20, 2011 And so, here we are — just about at the big day we wait for all year. The date on which so many give such heartfelt thanks for so much ... reduced price merchandise. more »»

It’s about time to talk about the time change

November 13, 2011 Today’s rant? “The Top 10 Things I Hate about the Time Change.” As in, the one associated with Eastern Standard Time versus Daylight Savings Time. First an apology. more »»

Where is the wisdom that comes with age?

November 6, 2011 You know, I thought getting old was supposed to have perks. more »»

Halloween no treat for some

October 30, 2011 If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you dozens of times: I really, really don’t like Halloween. more »»



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