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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

My father, my sister and I enjoyed a close familial relationship, but we also shared a bond that went beyond our bloodline, a commonality we didn’t so much celebrate as endure. We each had an intense dislike of our given names. In a world chock full of Toms, Dicks and...

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Giving a Hoot–A Final Farewell From My Sister

Giving a Hoot–A Final Farewell From My Sister

I’m not what you’d call a nature girl. While I appreciate the beauty of the natural world, I feel no need to camp out in it or get parts of it directly on me. A “back-to-nature” retreat to me means having fresh-cut flowers on the table beside my soaking tub. My older...

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Happy Birthday, Mom

Happy Birthday, Mom

My parents were born exactly two years and one week apart. My mom was the older woman, so scandalous! Last Thursday would have been my dad's 97th birthday and I reprinted some excerpts about him from my book My Pineapples Went to Houston. Today would have been my...

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Seeking Comfort Against the Grain

Seeking Comfort Against the Grain

I was born to make nice. I know that most women my age were socialized to do the same, but I truly excel in this regard. I hate to brag, but my making nice skills are pretty much Olympic level. If you think Usain Bolt is fast, you have never seen me flee conflict,...

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A Squirrely Situation: Vindication Is Finally Mine

A Squirrely Situation: Vindication Is Finally Mine

I am not a vengeful person, at least not an overly vengeful one. True, I stifled a snicker when I heard an old flame’s hair was thinning as quickly as his waist was thickening, but it’s not like I had wished that on him. I just took a teensy bit of delight in it. No...

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Bye, Bye American Pie

Bye, Bye American Pie

This past June marked ten years of marriage to "the good husband," as I call him. And, wow, did he ever live up to that title on this anniversary. He completely surprised me with a trip to Europe, including a visit to my relatives in Italy. He planned the entire thing...

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