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Mixed breed, mixed results

Wrangling a dog’s wonderlust

Subscriber onlyPeople say, that not only do you start looking like your spouse over time, you also start looking like your dog. In an experiment, people can often match up dogs with their owners simply by looking at their pictures. And now, researchers say even our personalities mirror our dogs in significant ways. Continue reading...

Tribute to nimble thimble

Beloved token no longer will pass ‘Go’

Subscriber onlyAnother small piece of my childhood will soon be a victim of so-called progress. While reading the news last week, I stumbled across an article that said Hasbro, which makes the board game Monopoly, is retiring the thimble game token. Continue reading...

A tale of two trips

What a difference a decade makes

Subscriber only"It was the loudest of times, it was a stretch of silence. It was the age of babies, it was the epoch of earbuds." Continue reading...

Late-night love

Confessions of a love story addict

Subscriber onlyI did it again last night -- stayed up way too late in the name of love. A rerun of a romantic comedy I've seen at least eight times came on televison, and even though I can lip-sync all the important lines, I watched until the ending credits rolled. Continue reading...

Saved by soup

Bad day turns around with a good bite

Subscriber onlyThis morning was one of those mornings. I woke up with the kind of headache that's just annoying enough to keep me slightly on edge. I went through the usual routine -- dropped the kids off at school and then started the day's work. Continue reading...

The salad struggle is real

Lunch entree isn’t making the cut

Subscriber onlyA few days ago, my friend Shannon and I went to lunch. In an attempt to change our ways and counterbalance the sugar-laden excesses of the holidays, we ordered salads. Continue reading...

Mom enjoys trip down digital memory lane

Subscriber onlyIf you're on Facebook or save digital pictures online, you probably get the same emails I do -- the ones that show photo memories taken on the same calendar date several years ago. Continue reading...

Want to see my spices?

January change feels like successful life makeover

Subscriber onlyI don't have it all together and, most of the time, I feel like an imposter pretending to be a grown-up. But you'd never know it by looking at my spice cabinet. Continue reading...

A lesson gone viral

Time on bathroom floor leads to reflection on health

Subscriber onlyA not-so-festive thing happened during Christmas break. One morning, as soon as my feet hit the bedroom floor, a foreboding feeling crawled up from the pit of my stomach and told me to get to the bathroom -- fast. Continue reading...

A year in need of hope

Subscriber onlyI'm grateful Christmas comes at the end of the year. Because this year, more so than others in recent memory, has been rough. Christmas helps people remember, that even in the midst of tragedies, there is still reason for joy. Lately, it feels like our world is overdue for a little joy. Continue reading...

Under cover operation

Nighttime goes to the dogs

Subscriber onlyLast summer, I banished the dog from our bedroom at night. We'd been letting him sleep on a chair by our bed, but he started stirring around and making noise at 2 a.m. each night. So I took Charlie and his doggie bed downstairs to the sunroom and explained, that at my age, I need all the beauty sleep I can get. Continue reading...

Homework debate: Hassle or helpful?

Subscriber onlyWhen I pick up our three kids from school, I ask two questions as soon as they get in the car. The first is "How did it go today?" The answers range anywhere from a grunt, to a "Fine," to a lengthy blow-by-blow of the day's events, depending on which kid I'm asking and how much he or she is willing to indulge Mom's curiosity on any given day. Continue reading...

Lightning strikes too close to home

Subscriber onlyIt was a dark and stormy night last month. Tom was out of town on business, and the kids and I were home watching television. Suddenly, we heard a loud crack while a bright white light flashed out from behind the flat-screen television mounted on the living room wall. Continue reading...

Smart phones have become digital dictators

Smart phones have become digital dictators

Subscriber onlyDo you remember that old game kids played in elementary school called "Simon Says"? One person (who plays the role of Simon) stands in front of a row of kids and calls out commands like "Touch your ear" or "Take three steps forward." Continue reading...

Reunited, and it feels so good

Reunited, and it tastes so good

Subscriber onlyWhen the staff at my nearest Chick-fil-A started calling me by name, I knew I'd probably crossed the line from "frequent guest" into "tea addict" or "chicken stalker" status. Continue reading...

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