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Thanksgiving is upon us and reminds me of family gatherings. It also reminds me of the many fictional families that continue to hold our hearts. One of my favorite intergenerational sagas is Chiefs by Stuart Woods. It is set in fictional Delano, Georgia, which I always suspected was Warm Springs,...
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Like many writers, readers, and movie buffs, I was saddened by the news of Nora Ephron’s death on June 26. She was only 71. Leukemia strikes all ages, unfortunately.  Nora blazed a trail in the male-dominated motion picture business with films like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met...
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According to a Parade Magazine (May 27, 2012) article, “Born in the USA” by Jane and Michael Stern, granola was a product of the Civil War. James Caleb Jackson, a nutrition crusader, baked sheets of whole-wheat flour, crumbled it, then re-baked the crumbles as nuggets he called granola. John Harvey...
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Cheryl Norman and Santa
When I was a twenty-something young wife, I hosted my first Christmas party for the in-laws and hadn’t a clue how to entertain. My sister-in-law, the consummate hostess, came up with the idea of borrowing a Santa Claus suit from the local mall’s Santa (one of the helpers--not the real guy, of...
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On the road to Skagway
We were driving to Skagway, Alaska, through the Yukon when we passed a lake. I gasped at the perfect view. Clear, blue skies and mountain peaks reflected perfectly into the still waters. A dozen other motorists stopped in awe of the view and took photographs. I've never been more pleased by a...
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It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I have valuable information for you to pass on to your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and other young women you love.  Don’t wait until you reach the at-risk age to prepare your bodies to fight breast cancer.  There are things you can...
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 Did you see the movie Mr. Destiny? It’s a 1990 film starring Jim Belushi as Larry Burrows, a man who believes his life would have been so much better if only he’d hit that homerun when he was fifteen. Instead he struck out in the bottom of the ninth inning, costing his high school the state...
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Cheryl in her Survivor T-shirt
While I realize the terrible disaster in Japan is on everyone's mind, I recently suffered a personal disaster...and survived. Perhaps you noticed my absence from social networking the past year or so. I took a year off writing (and everything else in my life) when I was diagnosed with breast...
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So many writers have mentored me along my path to publication. I still have much room for improvement and a long way to go, but this past week I discovered something. I also have something to offer! Now it's my turn to guide and inspire beginning writers. I had the privilege of working with 21...
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