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It’s been said that the majority of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by the middle of January. Most often, resolutions are tied to improving ourselves by breaking harmful habits or making beneficial changes to make us and thus our lives better.

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One of the things that makes the Christmas season such an emotional time is the buildup of all those memories that we’ve accumulated over the years.

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So there I was, sitting at the dining room table, wrapping socks of a high degree of fluffiness, and thinking about how those socks were acquired when suddenly half a century or more of Christmas shopping passed through my mind like a shooting star.

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A family in Texas put their outdoor Christmas decorations up early this year because they’re expecting a baby around Christmas. They already have two little ones, and they want to make sure the children get to enjoy the holiday festivities because they know a new baby will take time away fro…

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True confession: I like those online “quizzes” that promise to tell us something remarkable about ourselves based on the answers we provide to a handful of questions.

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Sometimes the things I hear, see, or read make me shake my head and ask, “Is this for real?”

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When it comes to being frightened out of my wits intentionally, I choose “Just say no.”

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Probably every home in the United States has at least one junk drawer. It’s the repository for all things left over after little projects or the place where you stash something you don’t need now, but may need at some point in the future.

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While the debate over climate change continues and probably will continue forever, I must admit that over the decades, I’ve been involved in some tree-hugger causes.

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Since its earliest days, I’ve been a fan of WITF, our “local” public television station. I haven’t always liked everything it offered, but enough of its programs continue to appeal to me that it’s always one of my top go-to choices for entertainment and information.

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On those occasions when the ancestry bug bites me, I most often go to my maternal grandfather’s branch of the family tree. Maybe it’s because I’m drawn to the interesting first names scattered through the generations. Or it could be that I’m searching for evidence to disprove my theory that …

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Every 10 or 15 years, some type of compulsion sweeps over me, and I dive into the unknown via some spot in the house that holds forgotten treasures. These pockets of denial are, for the most part, in plain sight, yet hidden away.

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It really doesn’t matter what the calendar indicates, the Shippensburg Corn Festival signifies the end of summer.

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Not long ago, my sister-in-law (whom I affectionately refer to as my “little sister”) nominated me to participate in a Facebook challenge of sorts. The object was to list books that impacted your life and you were to name one book each day for seven days, along with a brief explanation of wh…

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Do you ever tune in the news or pick up a newspaper and wonder what’s going on in this world? Not talking about the high temperatures and higher humidity that’s plagued us this summer. Although heat waves can put humans out of sorts, as it were, and make us a little cranky, I don’t think we …

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A road trip was long overdue, and my regular traveling companions were planning a journey to northeast Ohio to visit relatives. They urged me to join the group, which would also include my Aunt Ruth (traveling cousin Nancy’s mom) and cousin Deb (Nancy’s sister).

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We arrived at the driver’s license center at 11:30 a.m. on a Tuesday. Two very kind and smiling ladies greeted us and asked the kid if he had all the proper paperwork. He did and, since he’s over 18, he didn’t need a licensed driver with him. His ticket was number B338 and the bottom of the …

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Recently in the news: (Texas) Teen takes ice cream from shelf, opens container, licks ice cream, puts it back on shelf.

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It isn’t very often that Shippensburg is referenced on television.

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A long time ago in a state somewhere in the United States of America, the Hubby and I had our first encounter with nighttime road work. It was on an interstate highway and we were impressed with the thoughtful consideration that must have gone into the decision to work at night so as not to …

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It was slightly more than a year ago that the petite young lady moved in. While she made no promise to love and honor us, she neither protested nor rebelled at her change in domicile.

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As the end of the school year winds down, there are plenty of ceremonies, assemblies, convocations and whatnot to recognize student achievements.

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If you read newspapers, watch television or surf the internet, you’ve surely come across at least one article claiming to list the “best” foods, or at least foods worthy of your attention, across the country.

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Various tests had led to an MRI and, being the good patient I try to be, I showed up on time and well-prepared, or so I thought. I’d had an MRI years ago on my knee and what I recall is that it was very loud and I listened to Tom Petty music. This would be a piece of cake.

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It was early last month when I gave into mob mentality and jumped on the “Game of Thrones” bandwagon, mostly at the urging of a particular young man.

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Thank the good Lord: Not to appear ungrateful or anything, but the beautiful pastel colors of spring don’t last long enough.

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If you know anything at all about “mature” folks, you’re fully aware that there are two TV shows at the top of our watch list: “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”

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Many times over we’ve been told in one way or another: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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A few months ago, or maybe a year ago, I was “ordered” to watch all previous “Game of Thrones” episodes so I’d be caught up and ready for the final season.

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Am I the only person bothered by the recent proliferation of “self-checkout” lines at stores?

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Odd: How is it possible that the Three Mile Island partial meltdown occurred 40 years ago? It’s one of those “where were you when. . .?” moments that we’ll remember forever. It doesn’t seem like it was 40 years ago that the worst nuclear power plant accident in United States history occurred…

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Having been a self-professed news junkie for decades, I must admit that headlines catch my eye. Each day, via the internet, I scan at least four newspapers, looking for interesting things that people are writing, reading and talking about.

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And the wind huffed and puffed, howled and scowled, rattled the windows and hurled unguarded items hither and yon outside in the darkness.

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No matter how old we get, whether we rival Methuselah or pass before we reach our prime, life is full of changes.

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Weather: One of the sharpest memories of my college days in the Hoosier State is the early morning sound of snow shovels scraping the sidewalk. There wasn’t usually much snow, but it was cold, very cold, and the sound was an unpleasant alarm clock. It was, however, informative in that it inf…

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Think back to your elementary school days. Evidently all the adults in our lives were trying to help us grow into the best adults possible because they were always bombarding us with warnings, admonishments, or you may want to call them threats.

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Isn’t it interesting that the most important story to be featured in every newspaper, every radio broadcast, every television news and/or talk show is about those little candy hearts that we’ve been reading and eating for decades?

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As a matter of habit, learned as a “rule” in childhood, I like to keep housemates apprised of my planned whereabouts during the day so that if anyone should happen to need me, they’d have an idea of where to find me.