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Getting Older– Daunted? Flaunt It!

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In honor of my friend Teresa turning 49 today, I’ve decided to re-run an essay of mine that was published in the Dallas
Morning News on 10/18/05 under the title, “Crimp’s My Style”. After it was published in the newspaper and online, I received over 40 letters from across the U.S., all positive and supportive
(except two). The most touching ones were from men, writing to say they wished their wives wouldn’t worry so much about aging and looking older, that they loved …

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Remembering “Slug Bug”

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In honor of Spring Break this week, and the many families that are “hitting the road” for a family trip by car (including us), I
thought I’d “re-release” a column/essay of mine that ran in The Dallas Morning News on June 29, 2001 under the heading, “Slug Bugs Are A Hit With Kids”.
Update 4/2/10: I think it’s a hoot that VW is now using this game to promote its cars. Have you seen
the ads …
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The Twelve Days of Fishmas

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(an edited version of the following, written by me, was printed in the Dallas Morning News on Jan. 31, 2001.)

“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a really cool fish tank.”

My oldest daughter turned six on Thanksgiving Day, and we surprised her with something she’s wanted for a year: an
aquarium.  Only this is no ordinary aquarium.  This is the 1.5 gallon Undersea …

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Time to Celebrate

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Isn’t “Fall Back Day” the greatest? You know, the day we “fall back” to Standard Time. The day that Daylight Saving Time ends. I like it so much, it just might be my favorite holiday. Oh, I know, it’s not really an “official” holiday. But it should be. In fact, they ought to just call it Mother’s Day and forget about that inferior shorter day in May.
After all, if you’re a mother with kids still at home, isn’t time the one thing you wish you had more of? Time for yourself or your family or your laundry. Time to make it to places on time. Time to do things you never do, like catch up in the family scrapbook/photo album, have lunch with a friend, fix your broken earrings, read a book, get 8 hours of sleep. If you’re not a mother, you probably wish you had more time, too. And the only day that actually gives you extra time is Fall Back Day, coming to a clock near you this Sunday.

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My Day With Ted Kennedy and his Family

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I don’t know why, but my tiny hometown (Burlington, Iowa, pop. 28,000) sure got its share of celebrity visits while I was growing up, and I got to experience a lot of them.  Red Skelton shook my hand, and Bob Hope signed my blue flowered autograph book not far from where my friend Debbie wrote “Roses are red, lillies are white, here’s my name, to prove I can write!”  I got to meet Chauncey, the famous cougar from the Mercury auto ads, and watched in total reverance as Miss America Phyllis George banged out “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” on …

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Circle of Caregiving

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The thought just hit me, as I was driving in my car this morning, that yesterday was the six-year anniversary of my father’s passing, at age 81.  In remembrance of that, I wanted to share a column I wrote that was published in the Dallas Morning News in the same year, 2003.  I think it […]

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Musings on DVD Players in Cars

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Following is a column of mine that
was published in the Dallas Morning News on July 11, 2001. Replace the
word “VCR” with “DVD Player” and it’s still relevant.  Only now, things
have gotten worse.  People are popping in DVDs just to drive their kid
to the grocery store. Completely limits any family conversation that
could take place during that journey. And once your kids turn age 5,
the percentage of time they spend away from you (in school and other
activities ) is forever greater than the time they spend with you–
and, concurrently, a lot of the time you manage to have with them …