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Is A Baby Sister Really Too Much To Ask For?

My youth was idyllic.  My days were drama-free. It was so darned peaceful that Mr. Bluebird occasionally landed on my shoulder to whistle a cheerful tune.  I never heard those words so frequently uttered by Country Squire station wagon driving dads on family roads trips: “DON’T make me pull this car over!” But my childhood… Continue reading Is A Baby Sister Really Too Much To Ask For?

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Jeans for Every Occasion. Seriously.

Ever since Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss invented them in 1873, workhorse blue jeans have been a part of the American landscape.  The advent of Lady Levis put them on the female fashion radar in 1934.  And we’ve had a love affair with all things denim ever since. Although we adore our brands with a… Continue reading Jeans for Every Occasion. Seriously.

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Coming Clean

As my mother and I watched TV one night in the early 70s, I never suspected that the Flip Wilson Show would change my life. As we tuned in and adjusted the foil-covered rabbit ears, the fuzzy image on screen became clear. It was Helen Reddy belting out I Am Woman, the anthem that encouraged a newly… Continue reading Coming Clean

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Sign of the Times

  In all my years, I have never, ever had any incident in a public restroom that prompted me to think that is SO weird; it must be captured on film. But on a recent trip, that’s exactly what happened. I think it’s safe to say that upon entering the stall, a woman’s first and… Continue reading Sign of the Times

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Lost – The Home Game

By the time I heard the refrigerator door open for the fifth time in less than a minute, I knew what was next.  Footsteps were heading in my direction, just like clockwork. “Mom,” Older Boy asked, “Where’s the ketchup?” There are only two possible answers to this question at our house – the fridge or… Continue reading Lost – The Home Game

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Does Hallmark Make a Card?

When I go out of town for a few weeks - I always miss something, REALLY BIG.  Which means I didn't buy any cards, I didn't call anyone to send my heartfelt wishes. To make amends for my error, dear readers, I'm sending my good cheer -a few days late - to you here at… Continue reading Does Hallmark Make a Card?

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Let’s Hear It For The Moms

Today is that special day to honor women who are livin’ in the ‘hood.  Motherhood, that is.  And for those of you who plan to pay tribute to a special mother you should know this: if you haven’t been shopping yet all the good Mother’s Day cards are gone.  But if the founder of this… Continue reading Let’s Hear It For The Moms

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You Gotta Love Kids

It's Mother's Day and my youngest, age 10, woke me up "Good morning, mom. Happy Mother's Day! Can you get me something to eat?" How perfect is that? Today was also my debut as a Bozeman Daily Chronicle columnist. I have to admit, it was quite exciting to see it really happen.

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8 Days and Counting

  Surprisingly, I'm more than a little embarrassed to start a blog. It's particularly surprising since I write a monthly column where I recount in detail the goofy things that seem to happen to me and my family. But with hip resurfacing surgery coming up in one short week, I thought it might be helpful… Continue reading 8 Days and Counting