Category Archives: Family

Into the Storm

I was about 40 miles from home when I first spotted it. It was maybe the darkest cloud I’ve ever seen. In sunshine and blue skies at my current location, I considered stopping the car. It might have been a … Continue reading

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“Service Engine Soon”

At first, they were called “idiot lights”. They indicate trouble within the engine. The light comes on, you access the code book, identify the issue, repair or replace parts. The light is extinguished and you move forward. It is simple … Continue reading

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Easter

It started as a typical Easter weekend. There was a new outfit, frilly dress, white patent leather shoes, white gloves and flowered hat. The Sunday meal was planned. Good Friday was mysterious. For reasons not yet clear to us, we … Continue reading

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Breaking Fast

Cold breakfast cereal, gone soggy in milk. It was the family breakfast of choice; convenient, mostly economical, but never appealing. The one exception for me was Grape-Nuts, which contains no grapes or nuts. The name came from Charles William Post, … Continue reading

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Monopoly Update

A dinosaur, a penguin and a rubber ducky. Millions of voters in 100 countries were surveyed, and Hasbro has announced that 3 new tokens will be featured in the August 2017 edition. The original plan was to replace the thimble. … Continue reading

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When Doves Cry

Heading out on the first day of Spring, I came upon a pair of birds at an intersection near home. They would not budge. They almost stared into my windshield as I approached. I ended up going around them. I … Continue reading

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Cardio

So you have been walking for decades, convinced that you have good cardiovascular health, and then it happens. A winter storm dumps more than a foot of heavy, wet snow on your space. It started white and fluffy, turned into … Continue reading

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Alligator on Fridays

Fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, with a side of stewed tomatoes. It was the meal of choice on Fridays in families who adhered to the Catholic tradition of meat abstinence. Where did this practice originate ? The information is not very … Continue reading

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Thimble 1935-2017

The Monopoly thimble is being retired. Following 4 million votes in an online poll, toymaker Hasbro announced that one of its original token pieces will be replaced in the 2017 edition of the popular real estate board game. It makes … Continue reading

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February Potato Salad

She brought the dish to every luncheon, picnic, potluck dinner. Gail’s potato salad was a huge hit, and made its way into the Welcome Wagon cookbook. Her secret was bacon. Is there really anything that is not made better by … Continue reading

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