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Mar.24.2014
As I’ve mentioned here before, I’m addicted to Words with Friends. I’ve blown entire days on Zynga’s electronic, Scrabble-style game. I have three friends with whom I play regularly, but sometimes I crave more action.    I was home the other day, nursing a cold and taking it easy....
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Jan.20.2014
Photo from The Elkhart Truth Note:  I’ve changed the names of my family members in the piece that follows. I feel like someone who missed a plane, only to learn that it crashed. Armed with a semi-automatic handgun and a knife, Shawn Walter Bair fatally shot two women Wednesday night in a...
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Nov.26.2013
Yes, this is an edited version of my 2012 Thanksgiving post.  So what?  I’m serving turkey again this year, too.  When our son was small, my husband, Scott, and I tried to teach him the meaning of Thanksgiving by having everyone at the table name something they were thankful for. By...
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Nov.21.2013
I will never understand the way men think. The other night, I was roused from sleep by … oh horror, could it be? Again it came—that awful sound that slices through slumber, striking terror into the heart of anyone who lives with a cat.  The vile discord produced by a feline yakking up his...
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Nov.12.2013
“No sign of cataracts,” my ophthalmologist said. “You’re doing great!” Sorry, Doctor, but you don’t understand. I may be unique among your patients, but I want to have cataract surgery. Everyone I know who’s had that surgery, and received a lens implant, says they have the best eyesight they’ve had...
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Oct.29.2013
I loved Halloween when I was a child. When I still believed in ghosts and monsters, it was an evening of magic and adventure. What creatures might lurk behind the next bush? If someone was burning leaves—no laws against it then—the rising smoke, glowing embers, and pungent odor added mystery...
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Oct.22.2013
I strode away from Lambeau Field, but turned back as I realized Pam was lagging behind. “Go ahead,” she waved me on. Instead, I slowed my pace to hers. We had come there to be together, after all. A few weeks ago, three friends and I reunited in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We do this every fall; since...
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Oct.01.2013
I’ve been thinking about something my friend Pam said. We were planning our annual trip to Green Bay, and I e-mailed her to say the Packers autograph session we’d wanted to attend was sold out.  Pam replied, “We could crash it and be on the front page of the Press-Gazette!  We are so old...
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Oct.01.2013
I’ve been thinking about something my friend Pam said. We were planning our annual trip to Green Bay, and I e-mailed her to say the Packers autograph session we’d wanted to attend was sold out.  Pam replied, “We could crash it and be on the front page of the Press-Gazette!  We are so old...
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Sep.24.2013
I might not know him if I saw him on the street. He’s still tall and smiling, but he’s past seventy now. He looks okay for his age, but he doesn’t make my heart leap the way it did when we were young.   I’m looking at a photo of the retired Green Bay Packers player that I wrote about in...
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Sep.10.2013
Twenty-five years ago, on September 16, 1988, Tom Browning of the Cincinnati Reds pitched a perfect game. And by doing so, saved my life. I'm sure Browning talked about this game in his own book. Image from barnesandnoble.com My Uncle Dave, my mother’s brother, had died a couple of days earlier in...
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Sep.02.2013
MIXED FEELINGS: A FAN’S VIEW OF THE NFL SETTLEMENTPosted on September 2, 2013 by Linda Lange This is the week. Thursday night the NFL opens its season with the Baltimore Ravens playing the Denver Broncos. Sunday marks the debut of my beloved Green Bay Packers, in a grudge match against the San...
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Aug.17.2013
“Am I really doing this?” I thought as I dialed the number of the Social Security Administration office in Chicago. How could I possibly be old enough to sign up for benefits?   In fact, my sixty-sixth birthday is less than three months away, so I started by filling out an application on...
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Jul.27.2013
I volunteer at an animal shelter, so people often ask me questions about their pets. Usually I advise them to consult their veterinarians. “Do you really want to take medical advice from someone with a bachelor’s degree in communications?” I”ll ask. But this week I got a tough question that wasn’t...
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Jul.17.2013
GET OVER IT?Posted on July 17, 2013 by Linda Lange Eddie Lacy, the Green Bay Packers’ second-round draft choice, has a bigger burden than making the team.   In an interview with Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Lacy revealed that he has been haunted ever since 2005 when...
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