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  • Fat Cats

    My sister and I have a competition over whose cat is the fattest. It seems just right to reveal this just in time for our GTWoman Health issue. It was an accidental kind of competition. One day my sister Kerry mentioned that her cat was fat. I scoffed. Kerry’s cat, CoCo, wasn’t even on the […]

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  • Going on a bear hunt

    I planned to take the boys to a new mountain bike trail every Friday this summer. The first two Fridays were uneventful. The third one, however, involved a mother’s premonition and a couple of bears. We hit the trail at Crystal Mountain Resort. We would follow the Peak2Peak Mountain Bike race course. It swings down […]

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  • The Beach Read

    Reading. It’s the most relaxing summer pastime. Or is it? The sun The sun is finally shining. You get set up in the sun with your beach read and sit at an angle so you don’t blind yourself from the glare. You  keep your legs in the sun. It’s July. You’re probably freezing but you […]

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  • Grown-ups

    For five years we’ve hosted an end-of-school party. Several families and dozens of kids. It’s part celebration, part chaos. We try to keep the children out on the front deck and in the front yard, fueled with pop and snacks. While the covered back deck is the haven for the adults. Over the years, we’ve […]

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  • Soap Operas

    The Young & The Restless. My sisters and I used to watch it with our mother. She has been gone 10 years now but never, ever does the theme music to Y&R come on that we don’t go back to sitting on the couch on a summer day with Mom. Back then, we eked out […]