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Ann Ipock

It occurred to me recently while visiting my parents that life is like a box of soap. I was ready to jump into the shower when I realized that the gooey soap sliver lying in the dish wasn’t quite enough to lather my non-sliverish body. Yeah, I know – the bigger the body the bigger […]

One of the things that I hate about growing older is that you actually have to grow up. Anger is an emotion. Forgiveness is an action. So it would stand to reason quite simply that if someone makes you angry, you merely forgive and forget, right? Not necessarily. It’s really kind of satisfying in a […]

Well, Christmas is right around the corner, or so it seems, and I’m stumped. I can’t find any Christmas tree lights, and it’s driving me crazy. Not only that, I’m driving Hubby Russell (Oscar the Grouch) crazy with my insistence: “Just pull in here honey. Trust me; this store (being the third one in an […]

As I recently lay in the chair at my orthodontist’s office, I had one thought on my mind and it was this: “What in the heck was I thinking?” Oh, don’t get me wrong. I wanted braces! I needed braces! I’d longed for braces for most of my adult life. Two crooked little teeth – […]

I was talking to another writer recently when we began discussing what gets our creative juices flowing. The choices would seem obvious: a beautiful nature scene – say, a rainbow after a summer shower, mellow music that you play over and over until your mind replays it over and over without the CD (ack!), mastering […]

I come from a crafty family – not crafty as in cunning, but crafty as in making things with your hands. As far back as I can remember Mama sewed all of our clothes, paying special attention to Christmas and Easter dresses. The words kettle cloth, madras, poodle skirts and rickrack will stay with me […]

I love it! If anyone can be outspoken, proper and funny all at the same time, it’s syndicated columnist Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, the slayer of etiquette atrocities – and in this case, fashion atrocities. Once again, she tells it like it is in a recent column when a reader asked a ridiculous question: […]

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