The Christmas Fort

 Two decades ago, before the popularity and distraction of video games, cell phones, and personal computers, children played outside. They rode bikes, threw balls to each other in the park, scouted for frogs in the ditch, and climbed trees. And they built forts....more

Sweet Traditions with Candy Trains

 Mix three wonderful items – kids, Christmas, and candy – and create some fun and lasting memories by making candy trains. They are magic because they disappear before New Year’s Eve....more

A Visit from Aunt Flo: A Spotty History of Menstruation

 Men can get away with belching contests, lighting farts, and peeing on the golf course. Women bleed every month for 40 years and suffer from moodiness, cramps, bloating, and pain. Personally, I’d rather trade activities with the men....more
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Are You a Victim of CRAP on the Internet?

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Recipe for Pecan Pie and Keeping it Real

 Pecan pie with real whipped cream has little nutritional value, but it makes my family happy and I’ve made the same recipe for the past 30 Thanksgiving feasts. An added pleasure is to see the joy on my granddaughter’s face as she licks the beaters, just as her mother did decades ago....more

Six Silly Thanksgiving Memories of Mom

 My mother died on November 1, so this is our first Thanksgiving without her. To make the occasion less painful, I’ve decided to think of funny things she used to do before dementia took her away. For space constraints, the long list has been pruned to only six memories....more

Let Grandma Sleep on the Floor

 My wee grandbaby came for a play date, and after the obligatory tea party with assorted stuffed bears she turned to the doll house. I watched, amused, as she carefully positioned each piece of furniture and posed every character. Obviously, she decided it was time for bed....more

A True Story about Handicaps

Once upon a time, there was a magical little girl. She brightened the room when she tumbled in and proceeded to share fierce hugs and sloppy kisses with everyone without hesitation for who they were, what they looked like, and what titles and possessions they owned. All shared equally in her unconditional love....more

Don't Snore on the First Date

 Middle-age women often ask me for advice about dating after age 50. I tell them to note my three non-negotiable nuggets of knowledge before baring their souls and body parts: Do Keep a Positive Attitude, Don’t Settle, and Don’t Snore on the First Date....more

7 Reasons to Never Start a Relationship in Winter

Winter arrived early like an unwanted relative and dumped record amounts of snow as if to announce, “Put away the jeweled flip-flops, Sweetheart, and grab a coat before you freeze your assets.”Because I’ve been around the block many times in all kinds of weather, I’m here to give unsolicited but helpful advice if you intend to enter into a new relationship.Here are some reasons you should never start dating during cold weather:...more
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