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The final month of 2020 is upon us, and for many this time could not come soon enough. But, have there not always been trying times? For every day that someone is celebrating a wedding, a birth or a … more
Ten years ago, in early December 2010, I sent an email to Rick Norton at the Cleveland Daily Banner. My request was random: What would be the possibility of a recurring column devoted to all things … more
As a youngster growing up in the mid-1950s and '60s, playing outside was our pastime.The cue to come home was dark or when the street lights came on — if you were fortunate enough to live in an … more
      Five days before Thanksgiving, life reminded me of yet another reason — and in an oddly comforting way — that I should be grateful for all, and for everyone, … more
Yesterday, I had a nice long Zoom chat with an old friend. I know this is nothing remarkable these days, but it was the first time my friend, Andrew, had used Zoom and I was frankly a little … more
I’ve done some pretty silly things throughout my lifetime.Once in elementary school, I managed to tie my shoestring around the post that attaches the desk to the chair.When I was probably 10, I got … more
An attitude of gratitude can lead to a multitude and a magnitude of thoughts that remove us from a place of solitude into a place of servitude. As humans, we can use each of our five senses to … more
I have always loved Thanksgiving. I love that it is a holiday built around a full table and homemade treats. I love the recipes handed down on index cards that only get made once a year and … more
In what some might see as the most twisted reason to be thankful in the history of … well, thankfulness, I’m at peace with getting older.   It’s hardly a novel approach … more
Thanksgiving is next week, which probably isn’t news to you.But it was to me.I thought I had two weeks. Kim broke the news to me last night, right before she started game-planning how we were going … more
My husband Peter is now at war with the mice.The mice (possibly with the assistance of a rat or two) have eaten the electrical wiring in our car causing extensive damage. The coating on the wires is … more
Approximately 40 years ago there was a popular song by the group, Cinderella, that declared you “don’t know what you have until it's gone." This statement can be applied to many aspects of life, … more
Ordinarily this column is reserved for “happy talk” concerning our Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. Overwhelmingly, our greenway is a wholesome and enjoyable venue where families can take a … more
    Wrapped in a layer of eagerness to spill the beans, a community friend last week confessed, “A little birdie told me you’ve just celebrated a milestone … more
In my opinion the best TV channel to watch is MeTV.I can hear the sighs as people realize that MeTV runs old shows from days gone by ... long gone by.Call me old-fashioned, out of touch or just plain … more
I made an observation yesterday evening.Cats are a lot like people.We have a few feral cats that live downtown at our building that houses our offices and Kim’s studio.Right now, we have three we … more
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