Why I’m Proud to be an Idahoan

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This week a few disgruntled people mentioned on social media that they were ashamed to be Idahoans. I’d like to remind them that Idaho is bordered by six states and one other country, all within a day’s drive. Do they need gas money? I’m a third-generation Idahoan, and some of my distant relatives walked here on the Oregon Trail. They never whined and moaned that they were … [Read more...]

20 Ways to Legally Evict Your House Guests

        (Published on The Huffington Post, May 21, 2015) One of the big advantages of getting older is that your children eventually grow up and move away. For some reason, when my kids turned 18 they ran out of the house as fast as they could, kissed the ground, and mumbled something about "Free at last!" But after lengthy therapy … [Read more...]

In Defense of Grocery Store Cashiers

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  I chat with cashiers, visit with bank tellers, and linger at the Farmer’s Market to talk with the friendly folks who barter their goods for my cash. For me, the exchange of serious business is better with real human interaction. Growing up in a small town, I knew every checker and cashier at the local businesses. We would greet each other as long-time friends, … [Read more...]

The First Motherless Mother’s Day

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(Published on The Huffington Post - May 4, 2015) The first year of holidays without her is the hardest. I deliberately walk past the festive displays of Mother's Day cards and ignore the advertisements for flowers, and I've tuned out the hype and the obligatory admonishments to do something, anything, for Mother. Because she died. Experience taught me that … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions from Local Companies

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It’s not too late to buy your mom a unique gift for Mother’s Day. If you live in the Treasure Valley, here are five local businesses that you should visit. Four are owned by women, and all the local business have websites that provide details about location, hours of operations, products, services, and shipping information. I talked about these companies May 6 on KIVI … [Read more...]