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“We are cleaning up our stuff,” Meshach, the tile layer who now more or less permanently resides in our home, informed me. “We are giving you more space.”“More space!” I said in mock … more
Apparently surprised, alarmed or perhaps elated — I couldn’t really tell which on the phone — over the news of my pending retirement, a caller a few weeks ago asked if I … more
Golf is known for being the “Gentleman’s Game.” I have heard it called “Cow Patty Croquet” and I think that is a great name.Over the years when I mentioned the game to people in … more
  I find this quote by the 19th century French critic, journalist and novelist fitting in the wake of Thanksgiving 2021. It echoes the same message as my favorite saying, “My glass is … more
I really wanted to have some downtime this week, so I planned to send a rerun column.I started looking through old Thanksgiving efforts to find one appropriate to send, and I decided to do something … more
My mother sent a photo of a huge female turkey sitting on her bird feeder. The giant, ungainly creature looked ridiculous, perched on the little wooden roof of a feeder intended for chickadees … more
The Thanksgiving holiday season is upon us. By the end of the week many will be wrapped up in Black Friday sales and planning for Christmas.  Before all of that I would like to pause for a … more
Before the end of this month, the centerpiece of the first phase of the Candies Creek Greenway (CCG) will be completed with the renovation of the historic Dobbs Ford bridge. The 1.1 miles of Phase 1 … more
  Maybe it’s the Thanksgiving season or maybe it’s a realization the end is coming sooner rather than later; regardless of the why, I wouldn’t trade these last 44½ … more
I have been studying up on frightening holiday rumors and found some surprises. There is apparently no evidence that any child has ever been poisoned by a Halloween treat. This is according … more
I couldn’t tell for sure, but the waiting area looked empty as I approached.It was all I could do not to break into a jog when I got closer and still only saw empty chairs.The place was open. The … more
We were supposed to get the tile backsplash installed in our kitchen yesterday, but my husband, Peter, said he needed to use the kitchen so he could bake ginger cookies.   “Can you work … more
Autumn. The time of year that is best described as wonderful. The air has a crispness quality and the oppressive heat of the summer gives way to the cooler mornings and the afternoons that have … more
My husband, Peter, and I are at my parents’ cabin in the woods. The weather was perfect for a bike ride so we took a long one. We had not all been riding together in almost two years and I am not … more
  Ever have one of those lives when every chore grows and each project you start exposes another problem whose solution leads to another chore?   That’s been the story of my … more
This morning was my semi-annual checkup and cleaning with my dental hygienist. Hygienists are like your physician; you would really like to keep the same one and not have to — for lack of a … more
Back in 1984, the U.S. team won 174 medals in the Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles.We had a terrific team. You’ll probably remember folks like sprinter Carl Lewis, gymnast Mary Lou Retton, diver … more
On Thursday, we will celebrate and honor our country’s veterans. Men and woman have fought for generations to protect our freedoms and security as Americans. The way of life we enjoy today is due … more
  The above quote from the noted English clergyman, theologian and evangelist could very well be the mission statement for the United Way of the Ocoee Region.    When invited … more
To me, “the farm” has always meant the farm where my mother grew up, one of 11 children. Every book I ever read that was set on a farm, and many other books as well, all took place in my … more
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