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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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  • The Garth Brooks Fiasco

    We took the boys to their first “big” concert: Garth Brooks at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. “Will it be wild?” they asked. I told them this was the big time, complete with 40-somethings up past their bedtime and $12 beers at the concession stand. But, given that it was, in fact, 40-somethings, […]

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  • Switching Places

    I am an identical twin. And, yes, we have switched places. Just once. In 6th grade, when we were so exactly identical that the world was ours for the taking. It started because our cousins in the Yoop kept asking us if we’d ever switched. To be honest, we were the goodiest pair of two shoes […]

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  • Traverse Magazine essay: The Blanket

    I published an essay in the May 2016 issue of Traverse Magazine.  We took the kids out back several nights last summer. Spread a big blanket in the yard, a huge fuzzy one from the flea market in Buckley. I picked it out after seven years of not picking it out. Read more here: http://mynorth.com/2016/05/kandace-chapples-northern-michigan-fleece-blanket/