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Why we make coffee and jokes and babies

I’m going to guess that this morning you made the alarm clock stop beeping, made coffee, made the bed (though I wouldn’t bet my life on that), made yourself look presentable and then you either have made or will make your way to work so that you can make hay while the sun shines. You did all this (and maybe a lot more) because you, my friend, are…

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Black Heart Down!

At our son Jack’s urging a few weeks ago, we watched the movie, Fury. It’s the story of a battle-hardened WWII Army sergeant, played by Brad Pitt, and his crew of five men who drive their Sherman tank into a deadly mission behind enemy lines in April of 1945. While I spent most of my 134 minutes hiding under a…

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The doll that unlocked Mom’s heart

We are into our eleventh month of caring for my dementia-riddled mother-in-law. The journey has been heart-breaking, frustrating, precious, scary, exhausting, and humbling. The issues when dealing with the very young and the very old are strikingly similar. For the caregiver, each day is consumed with the same basic concerns: monitoring bodily functions; observing sleep patterns; trying to interpret a babble of…

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Success in a Dress…in the Field of Dreams

To my great self-absorbed shame, I had no idea my Gram was such a kick ass women’s leader until I attended her funeral in January. I picked up on a few things through the years, but I was mostly clueless that over the course of her 106 years on this earth, she was an early adopter of the very thing we…

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Remembering what matters in a jingazipper world

If you still have your parents, and they still have their wits, I suggest you stop reading this blog post right now and go have a meaningful conversation. Seriously. Take advantage of your Dad’s wisdom. Get your Mom to tell you old family stories. Because one day your parents won’t be there. Or maybe they will still be around, but their mental faculties won’t…

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Moving children, moving pictures

Last year I saw the movie Boyhood. The filmmaker, Richard Linklater, did an amazing thing: he filmed the movie over the course of 12 years, using the same cast. At first I was skeptical—especially considering the 2h 45m running time. I couldn’t decide if I thought the concept was brilliant…or if I should have saved my money and just hung out…

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Cavity searched by social media

I have more hatred for technology than China has people. Just this afternoon, I was in my kitchen ranting to a friend about the “stupid Internet.” The only reason I learned to use email in 1999 was to keep in touch with Len when he went to Africa for three weeks. Texting was a foreign language until I was forced to…

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