The Power of Place Oct 20, 2021

Where are your go-to places?

The...

...shop for a perfect gift?

...boutique for a breath-taking outfit?

...stop-off for a steaming latte?

...market for marvelous fresh produce?

...I-need-something-fast drive-through?

...conversation-friendly cafe for lunch with cherished friends?

One of the...

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Say What?! Oct 18, 2021

The telegram dispatched from the back seat inferred my immediate reply was expected.

“Stop,” in this situation, was apparently the correct answer in the sender's eyes, not a replacement for punctuation. I responded, but not with a message the youth wanted or appreciated.

“Then...

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Three Simple Letters. One Timeless Enigma. Oct 18, 2021

It may be humanity’s most paradoxical word.

Rosy-cheeked toddlers chirp it incessantly. Pimpled adolescents kvetch it frequently. Wrinkled adults sigh it occasionally. It conveys curiosity and exclaims anguish. Its tune is cheery and melancholy. Its genre both comedy and tragedy.

It is...

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Vintage is Back! Oct 18, 2021

From silk scarves (thumbs up) to vests (depends) to prairie dresses (thumbs down), “vintage” fashion is hot.

And it’s not just venerable style; it’s original items raided from the closets and trunks and storage containers of family members or “age-experienced”...

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What's Growing in Your Garden? Oct 18, 2021

My legs churned like pinwheels in a stiff breeze.

My hands became a set of vises, clenching the tiller’s twin handles. My eyes shot forward, desperate to find a brake. This was not going to end well.

Gardening experienced a revival during 2020. The pandemic closed numerous businesses, but...

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Save Your Willpower Oct 18, 2021

Four blue LED digits, separated by a colon, announce the time on the office clock.

10:00. The sun hasn’t yet passed the imaginary line dividing the globe into lines of longitude. You fairly skip past the pastel strands of sugar sprinkled on the sticky doughnuts remaining in the lidded...

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Live "Lashed"! Oct 18, 2021

I don’t know what object the bumper of this car encountered to require it being lashed into place.

The other end of the vehicle’s backside was in even worse condition. Dented didn’t come close to the description. Even crushed lacked completeness. A smashed back light bulged...

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Don't Look Up! Oct 18, 2021

I’m not sure if it was grit or stupidity my son was learning from my endeavor.

As he resides in a different state and isn’t handy to ask, I’ll go ahead and choose the first option. It was November, and Christmas was only weeks away. In the Midwest, it’s best to get...

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Can I Get an Amen?! Oct 18, 2021

Words matter.

To quote the infamous Mark Twain, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ‘Tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” This summer, if I send a text to my family, “Backyard glowing with...

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One in Eight Oct 18, 2021

 It's an honor to share my heart daughter's words with you today.

Whatever pain you may be experiencing, in her vulnerability you will find courage to take one more step, try one more time, tackle one more day. When the tidal wave of loss crashes over you -- again, wracking you on the ocean...

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Man, What's Wrong With You?! Oct 18, 2021

 In 2019 more people in the USA committed suicide than live in the capital city of my state.

Would it surprise you to learn the highest number of these tragedies were men aged 55-64? Second highest: men aged 25-34. Third highest: men aged 45-54. Men commit suicide 3-4 times as often as...

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Banana Guilt Oct 18, 2021

Bananas shouldn’t be sold in bunches.

Only one at a time…just like apples, pears, and coconuts. In groups their power increases exponentially. And, sometimes like people, not always for the better.

A single one of these boat-shaped yellow fruits offers small amounts of copper,...

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