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What Hummus, Planking, and Willy Wonka Have In Common

“What’s that?” I am repeatedly asked on a recent evening, as various family members walked by the kitchen counter and peeked through the glass-lidded pot. “Chickpeas. Garbanzo beans,” I reply, looking up from the couch. I’d never noticed before how universal a confusion response is: one sharp backwards head movement, the snap of a corner mouth […]

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Reminder To Self

  It wasn’t until near the end of this spring phone call that I realized he was breaking. A college student learns a lot about navigating life, with many “firsts” piled on at once. But you know what? After hanging up, I realized that all of us flow through these seasons no matter our age. […]

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Just A Little Off the Top

  I sat under the drape as her words and hands kept a clipping beat. She spoke of her adult daughter’s unusual and recent hour-long phone call to her father. The young woman had been offered a new job in her field, and was excited that it held nothing but positives: increased pay, decreased commute, […]

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Sweet Lucille’s Traveling Beer Can Vase

Recently we celebrated my Grandmother’s 98th birthday–on Friday the 13th!  I gave her a silk white rose to brighten her room, and used a very special “vase” I had been saving just for her…. When I was about 6 or 7 years old, Grandma and Grandpa had come to stay with us for the weekend at our home in northern […]

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You’ll Get A Charge Out of This Story

Today’s guest writer, Janet, is a dear friend from waaaay back.  As in, back in the days of high school.  Which was when telephones had curly cords and were actually attached to walls.  Not so far back as rotary dials, though–push buttons were becoming downright common. Janet captures an unsuspected treasured moment with those in the same car, on […]

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