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Keeping track of the year’s deductibles

Our first year with Cub Scouts the Den Master admonished us, “keep track of when and where you help out, and what you buy for the Scouts. The expenses and mileage add up for non-profit deductions.” That good advice from … Continue reading

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Filling food

Wiping my mouth and tossing the Styrofoam plate and bowl into the trash at the motel, I gather up my suitcase, pocketbook and laptop. Time to hit the road for another day of traveling to see the family. Seeing the … Continue reading

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When elephants strolled the streets

The deserted mansion risked vandalism from neighborhood kids in the town where elephants once walked the streets. For reasons unknown, the three story mansion built in 1905 by Al Ringling in Baraboo, Wisconsin escaped wreckage during its 10 year abandonment. … Continue reading

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Principal Burnie HIbbard speaks about school shootings

The Florida school shooting again leaves us asking how to end these senseless deaths. Veteran high school principal Burnie Hibbard posted the following commentary on Facebook; he just happens to be my brother. The first step in fixing shooting at … Continue reading

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Kids make me smile

Children always add a smile to my day. Recently, Sam’s mom urged him, “You need to eat some fruit with your hamburger.” Sam studied his hamburger and said, “Well this bun has seeds. Fruits have seeds. So I AM eating … Continue reading

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Wanda’s Blue Bowling Shirt

Wandering through the house and lawn at estate sales, buyers may peruse a super clean house with tidy shelves of dishes and ornaments attesting to good housekeeping. Or, they may find an overstuffed “Pickers Sale.” Clean or cluttered, customers hope … Continue reading

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Time to buy a car

Buying a car involves serious consideration. My husband spends hours researching costs, mileage, durability and resale value.I don’t do that.In fact I barely notice when he trades in vehicles. If it gets us from point A to point B safely, … Continue reading

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National Sew Day in Union County

“Sew Day is next Saturday,” the email announced. A day of sewing!? I wanted to go. My husband didn’t. He said he had other things to do. I made sure he had enough leftovers in the refrigerator, packed up my … Continue reading

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Turpentine and sugar, tonic or toxic

Every time the now retired brothers get together they commiserate about their childhood’s annual spring purge for pin worms. Sitting around the table they shake their heads over the teaspoon of turpentine and sugar each had to swallow. “It was … Continue reading

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Test driving for research

Wanna go for a spin in that fancy car and earn some cash? Some people collect stamps, my son Mert and his wife Sheila collect experiences as research subjects in the greater Detroit area: the original automotive development arena for … Continue reading

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