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Why I Disagree with This 4-Year-Old Girl

Why I Disagree with This 4-Year-Old Girl

See that little girl down below? Her name is Hadley. And, although she may be cute, we’re going to have to disagree on a very important issue. You see, Hadley wouldn’t wish her Paw-Paw (grandfather) a Happy Father’s Day because “he wasn’t her daddy”. Her staunch refusal to recognize a very important male role model in her life landed her a guest appearance on the NBC show hosted by Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots. What little Hadley doesn’t yet understand is that biology has nothing to do with being a great dad. I didn’t

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Desk Sweet Desk

Desk Sweet Desk

Ah, vacation. The very word inspires thoughts of hammocks on the beach, quiet days by the river, or the family fun of amusement parks. That is, when everything goes right. Maybe it’s all of those old TV commercials about traveler’s cheques, but vacation time also seems like prime time for something to go wrong. After all, the first part of vacation involves travel, and as we all know, travel often goes wrong. From missed flights to missing luggage to a flat tire on a road trip, travel doesn’t take prisoners when things go wrong.

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There’s No I in Team, Or Pool

There's No I in Team, Or Pool

As you may know, I’m a highly competitive person. I love to win! And I’ll be the first to admit, I used to be the sort of competitive that was unhealthy and “un-fun”. Especially on pool league nights. When it came to frustrations and disappointment, I wore my heart on my sleeve – which can make lining up a shot rather difficult! After years of playing pool that way, I resolved to make a change. After all, this is a game I love, and yet every missed shot or lost match could put me

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Snakes on the Brain

I had one of those rare, but wonderful days recently, where you finish your work and are still full of energy. So I decided to tackle one of the required beginning-of-summer tasks on my To Do list – cleaning the pool deck. Off I went, determined and focused, ready to get the pool deck clean for long summer days. And then I saw it. A snake. We’ve talked about snakes before, haven’t we? I don’t like them. They’re long, they’re creepy, they bite things to death, or worse, squeeze them – blegh. Admittedly, maybe

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Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Drivers

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Drivers

Spring has officially sprung, and for those of us with teenagers, that means milestone events like prom season and graduation. All of which require parties, and all of which – so I’m told – are much more fun when you can drive. My oldest son, Denver, wasn’t in a hurry to get his driver’s license. While some parents would be frustrated at having to drive their 18-year-old around, I was happy to do so. The time and gasoline it took to drive Denver from point A to point B was a mild sacrifice for

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The Purr of the Engine

The Purr of the Engine

We’ve established before that I’m a cat person (and a dog person, too). Like most people with pets, Sir Sir, our twenty pound behemoth of a cat, is the center of our lives. He gets fed on schedule, gets treats and toys from the store, and gets all the belly rubs he can handle. It’s a pretty cushy life. Honestly, I don’t know how Sir Sir, would handle it if I told him to get a job. Not like this hardworking trucking cat, Percy. Percy is the traveling companion of Paul Robertson, a truck

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The Mondayest Monday of Them All

The Mondayest Monday of Them All

It’s the Monday after Daylight Savings Time. Our clocks “sprung forward” (if you’ve actually gone to the trouble of changing your alarm clock, your car clock, your microwave clock, your answering machine clock, your oven clock, your coffee maker clock – you get the point..). And, we’re operating on even less sleep than usual. What’s up with that? Why does it take so long to recover from losing that one little hour? Heck, I’ve known people who’ve recovered from infectious diseases faster than I do from Daylight Savings Time! And why does it have

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A Hairy Ordeal

A Hairy Ordeal

While waiting for a phone conference to start the other day, one of our vendors shared an ordeal she faced over the weekend. It was her three-year-old’s birthday and he received a little electric train that zipped around a small circular train track. As our vendor lay on the floor setting up the track for her son, he proceeded to run the electric train over her head, firmly entangling all six train wheels in her hair. Other party-goers worked on de-tangling the train for nearly half an hour, when her husband hit on the

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Stay Fly

Stay Fly

I love to fly; I can’t help it. Maybe it’s a holdover from the days when even economy air travel was a luxury experience, but the whole thing makes me giddy. When did we lose the glamour of air travel? There was a time when people got dressed in three piece suits to get on an airplane, complete with gorgeous, coordinating luggage and a cocktail in the terminal. Nowadays, the airport is a crowded mess, full of grouchy groups in sweatpants sprinting to their gate. And with airline seats and baggage areas getting smaller

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Quick-What Rhymes with Shady?

Quick-What Rhymes with Shady?

Regular readers know I’m a sports fan through and through, so when the sports page makes the front page, I’m eager to chat about it! Yes, folks, it’s almost Super Bowl Sunday! I’ll be enjoying the day the standard way – wings, nachos, beer – all the necessary elements for a perfect Super Bowl Party. But this year, I’ve got to admit – I’ll just be watching for the commercials. First of all, I’m a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Without them in the big game, I’m only a fraction as excited as I would

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