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Life with puppy is heart-melting and maddening

Subscriber onlyI have a new paper shredder in my home office. It's quite effective and works at lightning speed. The only drawback is that I have to feed it twice a day, take it out in the backyard so it can poop and give it a bath when it gets smelly. The shredder also chooses for himself which things to shred and doesn't wait for authorization from his supervisor -- which makes me wonder who's the real boss around here, me or him. Continue reading...

The big finish

What happens to un-chased goal?

Subscriber onlyIn last week's column, I admitted to avoiding a book on my nightstand -- a book I was afraid to start reading for fear of not finishing it. What would be so bad about not finishing a book, you ask? The name of the book is Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done, by Jon Acuff. You see the irony now, right? Continue reading...

Living scatterbrain shame

Picking up the book I’ve been avoiding

Subscriber onlyThere's a book on my nightstand right now, waiting for me, highlighter at the ready. I was so excited when I first heard about the book that I pre-ordered it months before it even hit bookshelves. Now, it's been here for almost a week, bathed in that wonderful "new book smell," but I find myself avoiding it for the worst reasons. Continue reading...

Technology: The cookies are watching

Subscriber onlyLast week, while shopping at a department store, I visited the ladies room. It was one of those rare times when the restroom was totally silent and empty, except for me. As I was tucking in my shirt and refastening my belt, I nearly jumped out of my jeans when I heard what sounded like a bomb go off behind me. Continue reading...

Fruity dreams: We don't always pick what we plant

Subscriber onlyMy husband has a thing for green apples, which is why he planted an apple tree in our yard two years ago. It was a tiny little tree when we bought it, but it finally grew enough to produce fruit. Tom was excited the first time he spotted the blooms and the beginning of what would become our first bucket of apples. Continue reading...

Hulk needs sleep

Writer must change late-night ways

Subscriber onlyRemember the television show called "The Incredible Hulk"? It was on TV from 1978 to 1982, and my parents watched it faithfully on Friday nights. My mom usually had a basket of laundry she'd be folding on the sofa while she watched. I'd hide my eyes behind that basket when the scary music came on because that meant someone had really ticked off Dr. David Banner, a mild-mannered physician and scientist, and he was about to turn into a raging green hulk of a monster with ripped denim shorts and neon green eyes. Continue reading...

Cheater makes confession

Hot tots, good times

Subscriber onlyWhen Tom and I decided to see a nutritionist and get serious about losing a few pounds gained during our 18 years of marriage and baby-raising, we promised to do it together. We knew it would be hard to follow through if one of us picked at a salad while the other one picked up a pizza. Continue reading...

Reflections of past, future

For mom, school year brings mixed emotions

Subscriber onlyThis year, when the kids went back to school, I thought about the first time it happened 14 years ago. Our baby was about a year and a half old, when I decided taking him to a half-day Mother's Day Out program once per week might be good for both of us. Continue reading...

Labor of love

Family welcomes newest member

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A tale of accidental retail

Scissors get sparkly on Taco Tuesday

Subscriber onlyDear Lady at Target, Continue reading...

Local family gets taste of Big Apple

New Yorkers fascinating from Point A to Point B

Subscriber onlyIn our family, we have a tradition. When one of the kids turns 13, he gets to take a trip to any city in the continental U.S. with Tom and me, while the siblings stay home with grandparents. When our oldest son turned 13, he chose Washington, D.C., because American history is one of his favorite subjects. Continue reading...

Feet aren't as young as hoped

‘Sensible chic’ suddenly appealing

Subscriber onlyI think I'm going through a transition -- from the ankles down. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but one of the following two theories is probably true: Either I've acquired an affinity for comfy shoes I once thought of as "old lady shoes," or ... old ladies are wearing cuter shoes than they used to. My vanity hopes it's the latter. Continue reading...

Like a rolling stone

Unique solution to old problem

Subscriber onlyOur beagle, Charlie, has forced our hand. Lately, he has taken the art of breaking out of the backyard fence to a whole new level, so we had to get creative. Continue reading...

National Day After

Revelers need more time to recover from holiday

Subscriber onlyJuly 5 was National Graham Cracker Day. It was also National Bikini Day and National Apple Turnover Day. These days, there are "national days" for almost everything. For example, July 28 is "National Talk in an Elevator Day." Continue reading...

Camper's letter home

New pet turtle benefits from Googling, gift

Subscriber onlyI got a postcard in the mail today. It was from our 10-year-old daughter, Kate. Oddly enough, it was Kate who checked the mailbox on the day the postcard arrived. She'd written and mailed it from summer camp two weeks earlier. Continue reading...

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