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  • The Magical Note

    My husband Tim spent an unseasonably warm October hunting, scouting, stalking and, ultimately, not seeing many deer. The final verdict: The deer weren’t moving. So, one morning, on a whim, I left a little sticky note for him on the mirror. I wrote, “Get a big buck!” Simple. To the point. And magical, as it […]

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  • Shopping Olympics

    Aug. 21st would have been our mother’s 69th birthday. She has been gone nine years, and her birthday is bittersweet. However, we will celebrate by remembering Mom’s Olympic sport: Shopping. She loved to go and just look around. The mall, craft shows, garage sales. The fun was in the hunt, but also in the company — usually her […]

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  • Go Kartin’

    So Nelson wanted to go-kart. About three inches ago. He could not drive. Could only be the passenger. For years it seemed. 10 to exact. Finally, two summers ago he was narrowing in on it. We went to the go-kart track after determining at home that he was just maybe a quarter-inch too short or a […]

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  • Jigsaw puzzles – Let’s Jig!

    Jigsaw puzzles. What’s not to love? A favorite at preschools and nursing homes. And one of the few ways to gather a family of four around a card table without any battles, scoring, tears, game-piece assaults or flat-out accusations. Usually. Every year I try to pass on my love for “jigging” to the children. It […]

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  • The Kids Table at Thanksgiving

    We ONCE SPENT an entire Thanksgiving Day convincing our cousin Derk to say “sh!t” during grace at the meal. Xmas 1977, sisters KERRY, LORI & KANDY What could be more deplorable than cussing during grace? Nothing, so we set about the task. Derk was five years younger than us, prone to cussing anyway and so […]