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Looking forward to a stress-free October

October 2, 2011 It’s been a really, really messed up week; seven days of torture, seven days of bitter. more »»

The movies that stick with you, years later

September 25, 2011 I don’t know what it is about “The Lion King. more »»

Trying to savor instead of lamenting the moment

September 18, 2011 This is it. The end of the world as we know it. Well, you know, the world of summertime, anyway. As of this Friday, at 5:05 a.m., it will officially become autumn in the northern hemisphere. more »»

Remembering that unforgettable date:?Sept. 11

September 11, 2011 Sept. 11. That poor little date. Destined for such an ominous place in the annals of tim. more »»

Looking back at 16 years of life lessons and love

September 4, 2011 At the end of 1994, I was a 20-something gal dating a really cute boy named Kerry Kimerer. Exactly 16 years and two days ago, I married him. more »»

A short summer bleeds into a long winter

August 28, 2011 ere we are at the final weekend in August. Sigh. It’s just so very sad. How did we get here so darned fast? I swear it was even quicker than last year. You know, there is this time phenomenon. more »»

Interpreter offers assistance to hapless speakers

August 21, 2011 You know how book author John Gray thinks “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” right? And you’re probably also aware of the whole “he said but she heard” phenomeno. more »»

Local columnist issues a mandate on reason

August 14, 2011 You know what’s really funny? Imagining that we could actually create regulations to sanction common sense and/or decency. more »»

Considering the power of words in popular music

August 7, 2011 Hi, my name is Patty. And I’m here to say, I’m a big ole stinky pooper-head. more »»

Summer is slipping away, time to get to the Point

July 31, 2011 Can you hear it? That’s the sound of summer slipping away, my friends. As much as we want to deny it, tomorrow is the first day of … wait for it … August. Gulp. more »»

Days keep melting away as temperatures climb

July 24, 2011 OK, it’s been hot lately. Really hot. Extremely, very, totally, completely, seriously hot. And I don’t care. more »»

The first annual idiomatic oxymoronic extravaganza

July 17, 2011 We all have one. Or, in the case of some of us, several. It could be a new catchphrase or an old colloquialism. Maybe it’s a title, a description, a category, or an explanation of some kind. more »»

Navigating today’s high costs of parenting

July 8, 2011 I’d really like you to read my column. And, to wit, I’d like to think that you’re truly enjoying doing s. more »»

Don’t stop believin’:?It’s true, the ‘80s are back

July 3, 2011 It’s funny how people from every generation think that their era’s popular music is, you know, the trendiest of all time. more »»

Mom keeping son on the straight and narrow

June 25, 2011 So, I have been wracking my brain about this week’s topic since about, um, last Sunday. You’d be surprised how foggy a wasteland the mind of writer can be, even on a clear summer’s mor. more »»

This Father’s Day, don’t forget your Mum

June 19, 2011 It’s Father’s Day 2011 — one very special moment in time for our Dads.  And I want to be sure to salute my dear Pop, my father-in-law, and of course, my son’s Daddy, my husband Kerry. more »»

Finding ‘I love yous’ in sickness and in health

June 12, 2011 There’s really nothing else in the world that says “I love you” like a shoe full of vomit. Honestly. Perhaps a little backtracking is in order. It was about noon last Saturday when it began. more »»

Those unexpected guests on a camping trip

June 5, 2011 Well, it was bound to happen. It’s just that I didn’t expect it to occur on only our second camping jaunt. Yes, you guessed it: We had uninvited guests. more »»

Honoring our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day

May 29, 2011 Here it is, again friends: Memorial Day weeken. more »»

Trying to resist the pangs of puppy love

May 22, 2011 To puppy or not to puppy? That is the question. And the answer is not as easy as picking out a dog collar, my friends. more »»



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