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I gave him my ice cream bowl. I know they say you shouldn't give dogs ice cream. But it was just the empty bowl with a coating of coffee ice cream that I couldn't get with a spoon. Really, how could that be dangerous? Ollie was watching my every move, more
It's before 7 a.m. the Saturday before Christmas. The windshield is glazed with ice and it's raining slightly. I expect to find the roads clear, but I'm mistaken. I have to wait for a break in the traffic on West Shore Road, although I'm glad to see more
Can you measure joy? Sure, you can sum up a vacation, a night on the town, an outing with friends as a “good time,” or a “great time.” And there are those times when you feel an uplifting, … more
It’s difficult to describe pain. I tried. “It’s somewhere near there,” I said pushing my hand on my back below the belt line, “it’s constant, although it’s not as bad sometimes as … more
There’s nothing quite as assuming as inviting yourself over for dinner. I found myself doing that this weekend, as Carol was away for a conference. "So," I asked of my son, Ted, “what have … more
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”– George Santayana, a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelistIn the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, after the … more
There's music in gutters. That's not always the case when it rains. More often than not, gutters become problematic when nearby trees fill them with leaves and twigs. Then instead of a lullaby of tinkling there's the splattering of water running down the more
My brother-in-law stood back, looking at the nearly completed house. It was a shared dream that took root last year as a tree house. Emails bounced between the kids and the grandkids. Initially it was not much more than a platform in one of the many more
I didn’t ask the obvious, “Do you have a cell phone?” I’m sure Betty Law has one. Who doesn’t have one and who doesn’t think it perfectly natural to dial a number, or say “call” … more
A little snow is all it took to inspire me to get the Christmas tree. “Let’s get the tree Sunday,” Carol said earlier in the week. I said “okay,” but in reality Christmas seemed far away … more
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