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I look back on the road trips I took as a child and smile. My parents believed in multiple, smaller vacations rather than large, extravagant ones. Because of that, I never went to see the Grand Canyon, nor did I ever get to ride the Magic Teacups with Donald Duck at Disneyland. But I did get…

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My love of the public pool began one summer with Red Cross swimming lessons in the early morning hours when the water was so cold I learned to dog paddle with blue lips and fingertips. Those lessons were followed by public swim time, which meant a day full of hot dogs, strawberry soda, taffy…

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It doesn’t take long for couples to figure out who is responsible for what in a relationship. For instance, if one of my children ever threw up, I was the one who rushed to the scene to disinfect the area, whereas my hubby ran the other way because of his very sensitive gag reflex. I have al…

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Who are your neighbors? If you ask this question, you may find that people don’t always know the names of those who live closest to them, but they still have ways of describing them. And those descriptions are universal.

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The day someone points out that you have a strange hair growing from your chin is a dreaded rite of passage that women all over the world inevitably must go through. It is a time of great emotional distress, filled with fear, anger and humility. It is a moment you swear will never happen to …

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Movies like “Grease,” “Footloose,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Saturday Night Fever” taught us the dance floor was the original “dating site.” It was a place where you could make physical contact without engaging in something that would require repentance later. A place where you could get slapped …

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Grand engagements are all the rage, with people spending thousands of dollars setting up extreme backdrops just to hear the answer to a simple, four-word question, “Will you marry me?”

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February is the month of love. I always thought that was because Valentine’s Day was tucked into the middle of the month and that holiday was all about love. But as I looked closer at the shortest month of the year, I found out it is jampacked with nationally recognized holidays, all surroun…

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Before a young couple walks down the aisle, they should be asked questions like, “When you wake up, do you pop out of bed like a Jack-in-the-box or slowly ooze out of it like hot lava creeping towards a village?” “Do you wake up before the alarm or hit snooze 14 times in an attempt to trick …

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Politeness teaches us to never bring up politics or religion. Those topics are divisive, and more importantly, they are things that people feel so passionately about, a difference of opinion can turn into a huge feud and possibly even ruin a relationship. I think it may be time to add anothe…

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The season of optimism is upon us. It’s the time of year when our imaginations paint pictures of idyllic holidays that are virtually impossible to obtain in real life.

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Changing of the seasons requires a changing of the wardrobe. Twice a year, I remove everything from my closet and refill it with garments that are more seasonally appropriate.

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Recently, we traveled out of town for a sporting event. After the game was over, we needed food and we needed it fast, as many of our party had become “hangry” due to low blood sugar. Being in a strange town, we were unfamiliar with the local establishments, so we resorted to technology to h…

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My husband is one of those people who refuses to buy a single stitch of clothing without trying it on first. He has worn the same size for 15 years, but he still has to check the fit before buying anything new because he doesn’t want to make a commitment to purchase without first making sure…