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I got hit on at the gas station last week. But it didn’t boost my middle-aged, mother-of-three ego because this particular pass didn’t come from a hot guy. It came from a fuel pump. 

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I’ve got good news and bad news. In March, an international team of scientists conducted an experiment showing that time reversal is possible. But before you jump in your DeLorean for a joyride, I should tell you the rest of the story.

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From the unscientific research I’ve done, I believe every family probably has one — the turtle, the snail, the slowpoke. Do you have one? Or maybe you are one?

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I read the last page of a book last night, which is good because maybe now I’ll catch up on the sleep I’ve missed while reading “just one more chapter” for the past several nights. Like many bookworms, I often have trouble backing away from a good book, and lately it’s creating an internal c…

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Today I read about a new technology that sounds completely ridiculous and perfectly rational — all at the same time. Let me explain.

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I have a short drive to the office every day, and over the past week, I’ve noticed that it is exactly long enough for a spirited pep talk.

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The fall season gets a ton of attention around here. The leaves put on quite a colorful show before they drop off for winter — going out in a blaze of fiery reds, oranges and golden yellows. But as comedian Jim Gaffigan puts it, this awe-inducing display is part of a seasonal death march for…

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Two redneck caterpillars were hanging out one afternoon, leisurely chomping on a leaf and chatting when a butterfly flew overhead. 
They watched as the butterfly sailed on the breeze into the distance. That’s when one said to the other: “You’ll never catch me up there in one of them.”
Little…

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Twelve years ago, I sat down at this keyboard and wrote a column about the day Tom and I took our son to his first day of kindergarten. And here I am back at the same keyboard typing up a report on an entirely different first – that former kindergartner’s first college visit.

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My refrigerator made a fool of me today. This morning when I came downstairs to the kitchen, it was croaking – loudly. It sounded like an elderly frog was inside it, sitting in a creaky rocking chair that got louder each time he rocked back. I could hear it across the room.

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There is a method to my madness in my “I try …” columns.

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Friends, today is a good day — one I’m especially grateful for as I emerge from a three-day virus that reminded me how quickly a germ can reduce a person to a miserable blob of mucus, praying for relief.

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First off, let me just say that if you’re offering up new life experiences each week in a column to be read by thousands, your easiest bet is to try a very finite project. I like to attempt something special in the kitchen, like gnocchi or ratatouille — exotic fare to me, but something regul…

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A teacher who was working with her students on verb tenses learned that kids really do say whatever comes to mind.
“If I say I am beautiful, which tense is that?” she asked her class.
“That would have to be past tense,” a little boy blurted out.
 We’ve all known folks who tend to say whateve…

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I couldn’t help but chuckle when I heard the old joke the other day about the wife who, eager for a compliment, asked her husband to describe her.
“You’re A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K,” he said.
“What does that mean?” she asked.
“Adorable. Beautiful. Cute. Delightful. Elegant. Foxy. Gorge…

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When we went to bed last night, we didn’t think it would happen. We prepared the kids for the cold Monday morning school day that likely awaited them. But then shortly after 5 a.m., phones across our great land pinged with the most glorious of text messages: SNOW DAY!

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I write a lot of stuff — poetry, journalism, features, fiction, scholarly work, creative nonfiction and more.

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It’s not easy to closely follow the national news these days. It can be frustrating and depressing at times. But recently I’ve found a refreshing option that gives news junkies like me a good dose of information, minus the political circus. It’s called strange news.

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Try coloring, they said. You’ll love it, they said. So relaxing!

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Yesterday I chaperoned my parents, who are now in their 70s and 80s, to an eye doctor’s appointment. My dad is scheduled for cataract surgery next month, so he needed to have some pre-operative tests done in advance.

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As a self-confessed homebody and certified “indoor person,” I don’t gush about outdoor adventures. I’ve been known to avoid them, especially when they include chance encounters with snakes, bugs or camping tents. But I’m about to gush for what may be the first time ever.