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Penalty Kicks and Goofy Hats

Penalty Kicks and Goofy Hats

Although I’m not much of a gambler, I have been known to make a sports wager or two – particularly when my team (The Pittsburgh Steelers) is playing against Bob’s team (The New York Giants). These bets started with a Giants-Steelers game several years ago. Bob and I were both so convinced our respective teams would win, we agreed that the loser would spend an entire day wearing the winner’s team hat around the office. Unfortunately, I lost that bet and had to wear a Giants cap for one dreadful day. But, I got

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Go Fund A Friend

Go Fund A Friend

As Mary pointed out on Monday, it’s been a week of dedicated days, including #GivingTuesday, the charitable season kick-off for holiday and end-of-year giving. The holidays bring out the best in us, but shouldn’t all days be days of thanks and days of giving? This got me thinking about one of my favorite sites to appear on the internet – GoFundMe. This website has literally changed the lives of thousands of people. It’s an easy-to-use platform where anyone can sign up and make a crowdfunding campaign, asking for donations from folks all over the

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Keeping Track of the Holi-Daze

Keeping Track of the Holi-Daze

It has become a trifecta of shopping holidays: Black Friday has passed, and so has Small Business Saturday. Hopefully you took Sunday to rest up, because as you may know, today is one of the biggest shopping days of the year! It’s Cyber Monday, the internet’s version of Black Friday. Not that I’ll be spending my day purchasing holiday gifts – I’ve got plenty of work to do since I’m just getting back from vacation! You may have been hunting for deals this weekend, but I was far away in the woods, hunting for

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Texts-giving

Texts-giving

It was a tough election year, with divisive rhetoric and story after story that seemed to indicate that our United States is a country of people divided. I guess that’s why this Thanksgiving week I’m so very grateful to have stumbled upon a couple of stories about the kindness of strangers – different people from completely different walks of life who remind us that most of us out there are indeed generous, kindhearted people: When a grandmother tried to reach out to her grandchildren via text to inform them about her Thanksgiving plans, she

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Can You See Me Now?

Can You See Me Now?

It’s that time of year again. While the rest of you are defrosting turkeys, preparing for visits with family, and trying to determine which local grocery store is open on Thanksgiving Day for last-minute purchases, I will be in the middle of nowhere turning out lumberjack-style breakfasts for my family and friends as their official Camp Fry Cook! We don’t exactly rough it – we have a camper and a roof over our heads, but there’s no plumbing, no cellphone service, and certainly no big screen to watch the game. Without entertainment like TV

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Robot: Friend or Enemy?

Robot: Friend or Enemy?

Let’s get clear on one thing. The robots are coming. And there is no avoiding it. Personally, I like robots. (I feel it’s important for me to say so – they could be reading this right now!) Yet with Terminator, The Matrix, and that new show Westworld, it’s hard to feel completely comfortable about a future shared with robots. So many stories and mindsets revolve around the idea of robot overlords – merciless machines who feel no pain or emotion -coming to turn us into their minions! In Japan, robots are used in restaurant

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When The Stars Don’t Align…

When The Stars Don't Align...

If you’re a regular reader of my Monday morning missives, you know how I feel about Keith Urban. That blonde hair, those good looks, that smiling face – just as good as that first cup of coffee on a Monday morning! I’m happily married, as you know, so I’m not eligible to date a fella like Keith. Plus, he’s married too. Naturally, a gorgeous superstar hunk like Keith Urban is married to actress Nicole Kidman. She’s always beautiful, always graceful, and always manages to be connected to some of the most gorgeous guys around.

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Shipping + Veterans= Home

Shipping + Veterans= Home

As far as we’re concerned, today is one of the most important days of the year – Veteran’s Day, a day to honor veterans and thank them for their service. They are our family, our friends, and our heroes, and they deserve our gratitude not today, but every day. Meeting the needs of veterans as they return from fighting overseas is a challenge that many of us hold close to our hearts. After helping our country, servicemen and women often need our help integrating back into the society they fought so hard to protect.

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No Obstacle Too Great

No Obstacle Too Great

I’m not the first to say it – kids don’t play outside enough anymore. YouTube,TV shows on demand, and endless computer games are tough competitors against good old fresh air. The playgrounds aren’t even the same as they used to be! The tall, metal slides and monkey bars have been replaced with small plastic slides, and short, safe climbing walls. Everything from the merry-go-round to the tire swing – all of those perennial favorites – have been deemed unsafe. As a mother of two boys, I can appreciate safety regulations, but I’m not the

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A Star-Studded PSA

A Star-Studded PSA

Greetings Thought for the Weekend readers! In anticipation of the upcoming weekend, I felt it my civic duty to remind you of one of the most exciting events of each year, happening this Sunday. With the help of Cher, I bring you this very important Public Service Announcement: This Sunday, we get to ‘fall back’ into our beds for an extra hour of sleep! (I told you it was exciting….) If you can’t sleep in, you can spend your hour in other ways. Polls indicate that other than sleeping, the most popular ways to

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