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Ann Ipock

Solutions for That Pesky Silver Chunk of Hair

There it is again! That silver chunk of hair. I thought I’d seen it in my mirror last week while getting gussied up for a fabulous party, dahlin’. I even picked up my hand-held mirror for closer inspection, but decided to ignore it. This time, there was no denying it. As I scrubbed my bathroom […]

Forging Fabulous Friendships

I began writing this column with the emphasis on our world being so small. Oddly, I ended it with the emphasis on friendship being so large! And I am reminded of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “I didn’t find my friends; the good God gave them to me.” Two friends have recently come into […]

YGLTTC: You gotta love these texting codes!

I’ve got this crazy love/hate relationship with computers and all things 21st century/technical. Let me list a few: voice mail (which I call voice misery), camera (always missing something – the battery, the chip inside or the camera itself), cell phone (missing calls, erasing important messages, dropping one in a cup of coffee), passwords and […]

Because I enjoy lots of variety in my life – be it clothes, home décor, hobbies or entertainment – I sometimes find myself truly perplexed as to what really pleases me and, maybe even, who I really am. Don’t worry; I’m not getting all new-agey or mystical at this time in my life. In fact, […]

I’m fighting this aging thing pretty hard – oh, I know that sounds shallow, petty and ungrateful. It’s not that, I promise. Okay, maybe it’s a little shallow, but the truth is I want to feel good AND look good. I don’t see any reason why I can’t have both. Yep, I’ve been through the […]

A Big Fat Greek Wedding in Wilmington

Today is Valentine’s Day, a perfect time to announce our daughter, Katie’s, engagement to Michael. He popped the question a few weeks ago, and it’s an amazing story. Their introduction was perfect – when it finally took place – and they’ve been together ever since. Though it was their friends’ second attempt to set them […]

Aunt Margaret's Pearls of Love

I love pearls! Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but pearls run a close second. They are so feminine, so charming, so Southern! What’s not to like about them? They are just plain classy (an oxymoron, perhaps – but, nevertheless, true). When I think of pearls, I think of Audrey Hepburn – and who […]

April is a special month for hub-Russ and I, as our wedding anniversary is April 6. But this year, it’s bigger and better than ever as we celebrate 30 years of wedded bliss and an upcoming trip to a “British overseas territory in the North Atlantic,” as one source describes. I thought long and hard […]

Not to boast, but I’ve been reusing and recycling for several years now. Like most every one else in these green-conscious, environmental friendly days, I’m doing all I can not to be wasteful. In fact, when we moved to Wilmington two years ago, I asked the real estate broker were there any “green” houses we […]

In the book, The Five Languages of Love, author Gary Chapman lists the following as tokens of love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. He explains how we as human beings react to each of these in varying degrees. While all of these are important, most of us […]

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