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Grandmothers swatting flies

I’m trying to get some work done here. Really I am.  And this damn fly just won’t leave me alone.  There’s a whole huge screened-in back porch here, and he just won’t stop flying next to me, literally, right in my face.

I don’t want to or have to kill him. I mean, I could.  It’s a skill that I learned from my father, how to kill flies by clapping your hands just above where they are going to fly, unsuspecting, upwards.  I can get them almost every time. Continue reading


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Just Do It?

An old friend and her husband have a six year old son who was diagnosed with “moderate to severe” ADHD.   Recently I was sharing with them my experience with my own children’s development.  We commiserated over the notion that as far as attention spans are concerned, they can always seem to find the will to focus on something that they want to be doing, but if their interest isn’t already piqued, then they won’t stay motivated enough to complete a task. Continue reading


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Sweet Success: Carrying on a Family Tradition

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of getting something done that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  Like many people, I’ve been leveraging the impetus of the New Year to rearrange some items in my life, in particular purchasing a treadmill for under my desk and rearranging furniture in my office.  I love the fresh feel of seeing my world in a new way. Continue reading


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Gift card predicaments

I just threw away $75 in Borders gift cards.  Before ultimately admitting defeat, I had confidently gone  to barnesandnoble.com to redeem them.  I recalled that B&N had taken over when Borders had gone out of business, so I assumed that they would accept my gift cards.  Boy, was I wrong.

Annoyed, but still determined, I did some internet research to see if anyone would accept them, or if I was in fact out of luck.  The only results that seemed to surface were accounts of people who were also looking to redeem their cards, and the answer was always the same: NO.  In the midst of my research, I chanced upon an article published on a financial advice site that was encouraging people to redeem their cards back when Borders was initially going out of business.  The article was written in 2009.  Really?  I had had those gift cards on my desk for more than three years? Continue reading