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Heads and Hearts

Posted on November 22nd, 2012
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My parents had been told they would never have children, so the house they built in 1955 had two bedrooms – one for them and one for whatever guest might show up.  Imagine their surprise when a semi-permanent one (in the form of me) arrived in 1956, followed by my brother in 1959.  Given the […]

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Cemeteries

Posted on November 15th, 2012
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I have a thing for cemeteries, but only the old ones with upright monuments. For the uninitiated, an upright monument is one that is not flat.  You’d think that would go without saying, but if it’s flush to the ground and made of bronze and granite, I’m probably not going to be interested.  Not that there’s anything wrong […]

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Bread Machine

Posted on October 29th, 2012
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I have never had an affinity for bread machines. As a matter of fact, I pretty much blame them for the downfall of society as we know it—those and home improvement shows that make you believe you can redo an entire house in twenty minutes. We have come to expect the impossible and to expect […]

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Tiny Little Holes

Posted on October 22nd, 2012
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There is a woodpecker that lives in the funeral home in Savannah.  O.k  – it’s not a real woodpecker but the persistent, confounded knocking that the alarm system in the apartment makes when it isn’t happy. What apartment?” you may be asking.   The last 30 years of my mother’s life and 31 years of my […]

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Tacos

Posted on October 15th, 2012
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My father was a fastidious eater, to say the least; not picky, just particular.  Anything still recognizable in the fridge, although fuzzy and green, was fair game for consumption, as long as the mold-covered, top layer could be removed and discarded.  Bread was equally treated, but scraped with a knife instead of a spoon.  However, […]

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The Grown-Ups’ Table

Posted on August 22nd, 2012
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When my son was little and we would gather at my in-laws’ house for Thanksgiving, he always wanted to sit at the “grown-ups’ table” and I could understand why. His dad and two uncles were constantly cutting up so, yes, the grown-ups’ table was a lot more fun than the kids’ table, and being the […]

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It’s My Party

Posted on August 15th, 2012
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In 1963, Lesley Gore sang, “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to …” and soared to number one on the pop, rhythm, and blues charts. Today the catch phrase, “It’s my party …” is often used to express someone’s considered opinion that they should have their own way about something. Unfortunately, when […]

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