Category: Parts of Speech

Our age compared to what?

I thought it was cool when I figured out that I am half as old as Hillsboro. After the Independence Day festivities on TV and elsewhere, when they kept talking about our country’s 241st birthday, I figured if you are 80 years old plus four months, you are one third as old as the United States. • When we put […]

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Plenty of tips for a ‘best day’

“Daily routine: Wake up. Be fabulous all day. Go back to bed.” — ilikeitfunny.com Sometimes you stumble across an idea that makes you go “a-ha!” I did this, and then in typical fashion, proceeded to beat it to death. The idea was a blog post titled, “Make Your Bed (Plus six other things you should do every day).” I’m all […]

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Typewriters help us regroup

“No one throws away typewritten letters, because they are pieces of graphic art with a singularity equal to your fingerprints, for no two manual typewriters print precisely the same. Emails disappear from all but the servers of Google and the N.S.A. No one on the planet has yet to save an Evite. But pull out a 1960s Brother De Luxe […]

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Autumn junkie liking summer

“The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze: June had arrived.” —J.K. Rowling, “Harry Potter” Greek mythology says the four seasons came to be because of a mother’s grief (and persistence.) Demeter was the goddess of […]

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Accolades for the ‘village’

“Have a strong mind and a soft heart.” —Anthony J. D’Angelo I have been asked many times in the past week how I feel. I knew watching my oldest child graduate, like any parenting “first,” would bring a grab bag of mixed feelings. But for this situation, I expected a more dramatic set of emotions. The only feeling I can […]

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‘Make good art’ is best advice

“So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.” —Neil Gaiman, writer As graduation season sneaks up, I equally fear and anticipate the day. It may be more of a 60-40 split, with the scales tipping in opposite directions as […]

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Graduation for the ‘moms’

Note to readers: As we’re nearing graduation season and I’m about to experience it all from the “mom side,” I have been processing the entire concept of this life moment. This week, I’d like to honor my mom’s experience with a column originally published in July 2005. Her graduation may have happened more than 50 years ago, but I sense the […]

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Local run aims to end malaria

“Crashing, hit a wall. Right now I need a miracle. Hurry up now, I need a miracle…. I need you, I need you, I need you right now. Yeah, I need you right now. So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down.” —“Don’t Let Me Down,” Joy Williams Sometimes marketing companies miss the mark and manage only […]

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Small acts carry a deeper story

“Ever just the same, ever a surprise. Ever as before, ever just as sure. As the sun will rise, tale as old as time. Tune as old as song, bitter sweet and strange…Certain as the sun rising in the east.” —Tale As Old As Time One morning, idling at the Wendy’s drive-thru, my daughter and I saw an elderly couple […]

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Turning 45 is a weird event

“Forty-five is the eye of life’s storm. The emotional drama of growing up is behind you, the physical perils of aging are still to come… it is easier to be grateful, and fearful. You are an expert in more things than you care to be and you realize that most of your life has been of your own making. You […]

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