Of Cats and Ornaments

“Do you mind if we don’t put up the Christmas tree this year?” my wife asked recently. That was surprising. She’s the sentimental one about the holidays, while I quietly grouse about lugging the dang thing up from the basement, followed by the boxes of ornaments and sundry decorations. But our kids won’t be visiting …

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Running Into the New Year

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my readers! I had a great time over the holidays with family and friends. And I hope you did, too! Hope you got a visit from Santa Claus! (Or Santa Claws, as the case may be); Hope you got to dress up in your finest; That you got to …

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‘Tis Better to Do than to Receive

At the start of my Monday evening yoga class, we lie flat on our mats, lights dimmed, and our instructor tells us to "go to a favorite place." This is necessary preparation; we must relax and think happy thoughts while attempting to turn ourselves into pretzels. I take myself to hanging out at our campground …

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Coffee Thoughts: Sharing, Preparing, and Size Matters

Coffee-related conversation overheard during the holidays: "First I lose my sushi - now I have to share my coffee? This is Christmas? What the hell!" DD #1 was lamenting the results of the Christmas Eve gift exchange, where she'd opened a do-it-yourself sushi kit, only to have it "stolen" by her equally sushi-minded cousin in …

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