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30Aug, 2019

Excellent Advice for the Creative Soul from an Unlikely Source: Tomi Lahren

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Excellent view of the White House and the Washington Monument as we were flying out of Washington, DC, and I was reading this book... I am not usually one to buy books at an airport store. But on our recent trip to Washington, DC, where my husband and I dropped our youngest off at college and endured a rather disorganized [...]

16Aug, 2019

Why Your Life is Easier with a Plan, and a Little Sneak Peek at Annette Gendler’s Second Book

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I used to work in consulting as a project manager, so I should know this: Life is easier with a plan. Without a plan, all those tasks you should be remembering start churning in your head. Together they become a bigger cloud and soon enough, you're stressing out about all the things you should be doing. That's exactly what was [...]

9Aug, 2019

Farewell to a Fridge, Or: Is It Weird to Become Attached to an Appliance?

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Farewell old fridge, and thanks for your service! I have to admit: My heart sank when the delivery guys carried out our old fridge. After serving us faithfully for 24 years, its compressor gave out last month. When we called the GE repairman, he advised us that he could not obtain replacement parts. "Get a new one," he said, "twenty-four [...]

2Aug, 2019

One of the Most Picturesque Chicago Neighborhoods You’ve Probably Never Heard of: The Pullman Historic District

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Row Houses on St. Lawrence Ave, Pullman Historic District, Chicago Chicago is like that: In its farther reaches, bland wide streets lined with strip malls or highways with twisting on- and off-ramps ferry a driver through the city. All the while, a cute neighborhood with pretty homes and lush gardens can lie just a block or two beyond that kind [...]

12Jul, 2019

How the Experience of Surgery and Tremendous Physical Pain Changes You Forever

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This Wednesday was the one-year anniversary of my hip surgery. Unfortunately, this anniversary makes me sad. Recovering from this surgery sent me through hell and back, and I am not better for it. One-and-a-half hours of surgery, and I shall never be the same again. I went in thinking I will have to endure pain, but ultimately I will be [...]

5Jul, 2019

How a Sad Story from the 18th Century Brings to Life Today’s American Locations

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View of Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine, May 2019 Before we left on our recent trip to Acadia National Park, an acquaintance recommended I read Evangeline - A Tale of Acadie. When I looked puzzled at that suggestion, she insisted, "Read it! It's the story of that place." Indeed it is. Epic poems are not exactly typical contemporary reading [...]

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