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Mess Maker

Today was a house-cleaning day. The kids’ room was particularly messy. I asked them to help me clean it. They did help, I’m happy to say, but apparently they thought the work was too hard. “I’m dying,” wailed poor Marshall … Continue reading

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Palindrome Days

Last night, as I was writing in my journal, I realized something special about the date (8/17/18). It’s a palindrome (81718). My next thought was that palindromic dates must occur all the time, so no big deal. But, after thinking … Continue reading

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From the Library

My husband kindly stopped by the library and picked up the books I had ordered. They are… Wit’s End by Karen Joy Fowler: I didn’t love The Jane Austen Book Club, which is probably Fowler’s best known work, so I’m … Continue reading

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Not the Same

Today I am reminded about how we cannot judge other people’s situations and experiences by our own. Yesterday morning I slathered the kids with sunscreen, as usual, and sent them on their merry way to day camp. The weather was … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions

I am always hearing about books that I might like. Of the ones I hear about, only a fraction still seem good after shopping for them online and reading the reviews. That’s a good thing, though. I’d never find time … Continue reading

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Bad Keyboards

I use two laptop computers. I have my personal laptop (on which I do all my online shopping, writing, and social media), and my work laptop (on which I do work only). I know some people think I’m crazy for … Continue reading

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Eggsaggerated Fears

Right around the time that our wild black raspberry bush stopped fruiting, the blackberries started to ripen. At first, it was just a few berries per day, then a few more. So, for the last few weeks, I’ve been eating … Continue reading

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10 Positive Thoughts

To make up for some recent negative posts, I’m going to post some positives. I just finished my 27th book of the year. I am more than halfway toward my goal of reading 52 books for the year. It is … Continue reading

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Ten Stupid Reasons

I’m highly motivated at work. If I see a problem, particularly if it’s one that wastes a lot of time and energy, I want to fix it. I’m willing to do what’s necessary to fix it, even if it creates … Continue reading

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I Just Shouldn’t

I shouldn’t read the news. I also shouldn’t listen to anyone who wants to tell me about the news. My husband just told me the other day that the emerald ash borer has been spotted in Rhode Island. Great. Next … Continue reading

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