Five Reasons to Attend Your School Reunion

  You wear your favorite yoga pants and the “This Wine is Making Me Awesome” t-shirt, sit down with a bag of cookies, and proceed to open the mail. Then you choke when you see the letter about the pending high school reunion only six months away. There is no way you’ll lose 50 pounds […]

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How to Cut Out Your Ex from Your Life after Divorce

Featured on The Huffington Post   If there’s ever a time you need a little distraction in your life, it’s during the divorce process. That’s why we launched our Divorce Care Package series. With each post, we’ll show you what things — books, movies, recipes — helped others relieve stress in the midst of divorce, […]

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Two Shades of Grey

The owner of a hotel in England recently replaced guest copies of the Holy Bible, the world’s bestselling book, with Fifty Shades of Grey, the soft-porn bestseller than inspires horny women to imagine torrid but poorly written fantasies. While I endorse creative marketing strategies and applaud freedom of physical expression, I assume that the hotel […]

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Happy Birthday, Sweetie Pie

My precious granddaughter, Sweetie Pie, celebrates her 5th birthday today, and the family will celebrate with a festive party that includes three generations of grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins who adore her. She has come a long way from her two-week stay in the intensive care unit where she struggled with respiratory and heart problems. […]

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Don’t Fart During an MRI

I share this true but pathetic story to commiserate with other tortured souls who relentlessly endure and survive extreme humiliation. We’re a group of accident-prone fools who regularly trigger embarrassing situations that would permanently traumatize a normal person. My experience this week will be difficult to surpass: I farted inside an MRI machine. In medical […]

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Five Fun and (Almost) Free Things to Do

  It’s already the second week of January. How are those resolutions working for you?  I made it three days without chocolate, so I’m golden for the rest of the month. If you’re still in the “New Year, New You” mood, here are some hints for five fun, inexpensive activities to do that will improve […]

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The Sad Mother’s Ring

After the funeral, the mortician handed me a small velvet pouch that contained my mother’s jewelry: her favorite poinsettia earrings, an pearl necklace, and two rings. The first ring was a wedding ring my father gave her after she lost the original while working on the potato harvester. The second ring was a Mother’s Ring […]

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To My Son as He Leaves for College

(For those with quiet empty nests, here’s a letter I wrote to my son years ago.) What do you mean you mailed a college application? Get back down on the floor and play with some Legos. Do you want me to make you a sandwich? Or, you can invite your friends over and we’ll order […]

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