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Posted Jul 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Do you know the scariest words in our language? "The dentist will see you now." I recently had to visit the dentist. When I walked into his office, I said to the receptionist: “I would like to make an appointment." "I'm sorry, sir," she replied. "He's out right now." "That's OK, when will he be out again?" When I got home, my wife said, ”Don't you feel better now?” I said, “You bet! He wasn't there!” But, it was...

Posted Jul 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I have a confession to make. When I was younger, I was mad at my parents for being city folk. All throughout my childhood, I was plagued with the feeling that I was a country girl being forced to live an urban life. As a result, I grew up...

Updated Jul 3, 2016 at 7:53 PM

Today I checked off an item from my tedious, multiple-page To-Do list — some of those tasks transferred from previous weeks, months and years. Although neither an overseas jaunt nor a journey within the Americas graced my current...

Posted Jun 25, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I find it interesting that millennials are applying for driver's licenses less and harbor an indifferent attitude about cars. With the onset of Uber, Lyft, the availability of mass transit and bike lanes, this generation balks at the idea...

Posted Jun 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I hate cellphones. I have one, but I use it like a spare tire. I keep it for emergencies. I do not pass gas on it all the time. When my wife and I go to a restaurant, we always pick the booth that is farthest away from the others. The...

Posted Jun 4, 2016 at 11:01 PM

On Independence Day 10 years from now, our ongoing democratic experiment known as the United States of America will commemorate its 250th birthday, reminding the world how on July 4, 1776, our founding fathers — a fateful collection of...

Posted May 28, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Vietnam, May 18, 1971, the boy’s 23rd birthday. The button flew off his uniform shirt, lost somewhere in the jungle, as the bullet hit his chest, smashing the life out of him. He holds his rifle tight, not letting it drop. He falls to his...

Posted May 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM

“If my wife’s mother lived with us, one of us would not come out alive,” a colleague blurted out when he heard that my husband and I were thinking of building a shared living space with my parents. Before I could decide...

Updated May 7, 2016 at 3:30 PM

At the Hallmark store, I found the "birthday for her" cards, and after 20 minutes of reading and discarding, none seemed a good choice for a friend’s birthday.

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