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Topi’s Camping Adventure

What did you do this summer? That seems to be the universal question of greeting as summer winds down and we begin to migrate back to our normal routine of work, school, and fall social occasions. Of course, how you… Continue Reading →

Book Review: GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong

“…there is a bit of magic in this author’s ability to tell a deeply affecting story with interspersed humor” I will be honest: I don’t know how to feel about this book. Prior to picking up GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel… Continue Reading →

Pondering The Possibilities: The Bat-Candy-Halloween Connection

Have you ever wondered how the bat-candy-halloween connection got started? Well, I think I might have the answer.  Okay, it is pure speculation on my part, but the evidence seems pretty convincing me. It is all because of fruit. Does that… Continue Reading →

Pet Owners Against Daylight Saving Time — Unite!

In all the discussions about the pros and cons of Daylight Saving Time, I have yet to hear anyone address the most compelling reason of all for getting rid of Daylight Saving Time — our pets. In the U.S. alone, 62%… Continue Reading →

For The Joy of Animals: Turkey Bobbing

Turkey bobbing anyone? We take an all hands — and paws — approach to prepping for our christmas feast.   Do you have plenty of helping hands and paws at your house? MERRY CHRISTMAS and  HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ~~~ You can find more Macho… Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Betty White, I’ll Never Forget Your Kindness

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the hilarious, uber-talented Miss Betty White.  No one is more deserving than she of the sweet surprise and outpouring of affection she got, in celebration of her 93rd birthday, from the entire cast and crew of Hot in Cleveland…. Continue Reading →

A Disgruntled Snowman’s Snow Fight

We may be disgruntled by the snow, but it is here to stay — at least for a couple of months.  So we might as well find humor in it where we can. I’ve long been a fan and follower of the folks… Continue Reading →

Ten Things I Don’t Want to Hear Two Days Before Christmas

Here is my Ten Things I Don’t Want to Hear Two Days Before Christmas list: I have a Christmas lunch at work/school/preschool tomorrow. What would you like to make?  I need to start my Christmas shopping. Can you take me… Continue Reading →

Who Doesn’t Love The Fair?

I don’t.  There.  I said it.  I don’t like the state fair. When the family packed up to make our annual trek, I tried hiding under the couch but someone spotted me.  I tried to beg off for financial reasons…. Continue Reading →

The Art of The Virtual “Smudgy Hug”

Humans are social beings.  We crave human-to-human contact.  Even as machines and technology take over more and more aspects of our lives, we try our best to humanize them. Think of our phones.  We give them names, voices and mannerisms…. Continue Reading →

How to Raise Gun-Free Boys

When my husband and I first started talking about having children almost two decades ago, one of our concerns was the pervasive violence in our culture. Seeing boys barely old enough to write their names pretending to blow one another… Continue Reading →

For The Joy of Animals: Nature’s Ball Return

A dog with a ball
but no one to throw…

The Adventurous Mind: Prudence

The road less traveled

Isn’t always on foot…

Webcomic by xkcd: Prudence

Pondering Possibilities: Digital Toilet Paper

Like it or not.  Embrace it or not. The digital age has brought a lot of changes to our world. But there has to be a limit. Right? Still … Can we really rule out the possibility of digital toilet… Continue Reading →

For The Joy Of Animals: Cow Boredom?

Can there be such a thing as cow boredom? I have a special fondness for cows.  My grandparents were dairy farmers, so as a child I had ample opportunity to watch cows’ inaction.  And no, that is not a typo…. Continue Reading →

More Wild West Show Than Presidential Horse Race

The MSM likes to depict any election as a horse race, but the more I watch the 2012 presidential nomination process and particularly the debates, the more it feels like I’m watching the waning days of a Wild West Show…. Continue Reading →

For The Joy of Animals: Multi-Purpose Monsters

Here is a helpful tip to consider as you make your Halloween purchases: multi-purpose monsters are always a wise investment. Particularly when, with an inadvertent flick of a switch, the monster has the power to both clear and clean a… Continue Reading →

For The Joy Of Animals: Wild British Humor

What can I say, this just makes me smile every single time I view it.  Seriously, do you have any doubt that if animals could talk, they would also have a wild British humor? Enjoy more BBC Walk on the Wild Side… Continue Reading →

Rudolph Brought Down By A Lack Of Vision

Rudolph floated forward.  Big, beautiful, and buoyant, his red nose a beacon leading the way as part of the local Christmas parade. Still, he needed helping hands to anchor him and navigate a path along the city street. Sure he… Continue Reading →

Pondering The Possibilities: Penthouse Economics

In Penthouse Economics, as in all real estate, it is location that matters most. And while it is true that a superior view gives a penthouse its enduring appeal. It is through the laws of gravity and flow that Penthouse Economics makes its… Continue Reading →

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