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Jan.16.2014
It was a sad day in vintage sitcoms today. We lost two great supporting actors. They  weren't the stars of their respective shows, but say their characters' names to people and they'll smile.  Yes, I am talking about The Professor and Reuben Kincaid, played respectively by Russell Johnson...
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Jan.15.2014
I always remember dates. July 22nd, 1980 is when my grandmother died. June 16, 1991 is when I graduated from high school (you bet I was counting the days until graduation) I've always remembered two days in January: January 24th, 1994 was when I took a Creative Writing class with a teacher that...
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Jan.13.2014
So I'm still on a woman kick. Yep, women. Or as Crow from MST3K once said "Women, women, women, women, women, women, women..."  Why, you might ask? Besides the fact that I am a woman? Well, here's the deal. Women have been scapegoats lately. Silly girls are being blamed for everything. So let'...
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Jan.12.2014
There's a big hubaloo going on. It's getting pretty darn bitter. It doesn't look like it's going to be resolved anytime soon. No, Silly Reader! I'm not talking about Obamacare! I am talking about the recent debate about likable women versus unlikable women in literature/movies/television. Yes,...
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Jan.10.2014
I never had to worry about the Red Menace. Nope, never had to hear the expression "Better Dead than Red" growing up. When I went to Catholic school, we prayed for children in Africa, not pagan babies.  It might have something to do with the fact four months before I was born, President Nixon...
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Jan.05.2014
Last month during the busyness of Christmas, there has been a local story that has broken everyone's hearts. It was ne of those stories where you try to see if anything good could come from it. None has. What you have seen is a young life gone too soon, her devastated family,  and that it...
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Jan.03.2014
After I posted my blog yesterday, I felt darned good. In fact, I was excited. So many good books coming out this year!  Whenever people say "Nobody reads anymore"  "Print is dead" I want to ask them "Okay then, how come there's so many good stories out there? This year I'm planning on...
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Jan.02.2014
How did it get to be 2014? Yes, I sound incredibly old. I’ve mentioned before anyday now I’ll start using words like “dagnabit” and “kids these days.” With the new year comes new books. When there’s new books, I do my Snoopy happy dance. I might even drool. What am I going to be reading? Come find...
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Dec.27.2013
After Christmas, there's things I look forward to: 1. the fact I don't have to listen to "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" for another year. 2. using gift cards friends and family give me. 3. The Kennedy Center Honors!!! As you can tell by my exclamation points, my fave event is the Kennedy...
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Dec.22.2013
Here’s the thing they don’t tell you about the holidays: they go on and on and on.  At least for me it does. By now I get incredibly tired of hearing holiday music. If I hear something about the “war on Christmas” I want to scream “There’s no war on Christmas, okay! Why don’t you bleeping...
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Dec.18.2013
I woke up with a sore throat and fever. I swore in my head. Just what I needed, getting sick. I would miss a day of work. I didn't have sick leave, so that was five hours down the drain. I knew I would make it up later in the month, but I just felt so tired and cruddy I couldn't even think of that...
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Dec.17.2013
When I was eighteen I read Writing Down the Bones for the first time. Everything changed for me when I read that book. I was still in high school, ready to be done. I fell in love with Natalie Goldberg's voice and style. She was the first one that said you should write in public places. This was...
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Dec.13.2013
An elderly gentleman is in the news. He's known to one and all, but can cause controversy at times. No, I'm not talking about Dick Cheney! I'm talking about Santa Claus.  Yep, Kris Kringle, St. Nick,  the Man With All the Toys, Fat Man In the Red Suit, I had a nice chat with him. Why...
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Dec.10.2013
A comic strip character's life is in limbo. It's not Garfield, not Marmaduke. It's someone that we've seen many times in real life, yet we turn away quickly so we don't have to see them. She's a person we know. We don't want to end up like her. Yet it's in the back of our head, especially during...
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Dec.09.2013
Eleanor Parker dead at 91. I saw it on facebook and thought oh no. Well, she did have a good life. I know Parker was a wonderful actress and nominated twice for an Academy Award. But for me, and many Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, Millennials, whatever generation is coming up, she's Baroness Elsa...
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