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Do you remember when you were a little kid and you went on a family trip, perhaps to Grandma’s house? Let’s say you spent the majority of the day playing with various cousins, getting dirty, running around, petting and hugging dogs and cats. Maybe you walked to the local store for penny cand…

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The smiling doctor greeted me with a handshake. He glanced over a few notes, looked in my throat, listened to my lungs, asked me a few questions.

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Conclusion of the search for “leisurely ways for retirees to make extra money.”

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On Facebook this morning I saw a little factoid stating that scientists declare people who have cheated on their partners are likely to do it again.

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There’s no way of knowing exactly when it happened, but the shoe bug bit me in my youth. I can recall getting my first paycheck and going shoe shopping with it, however, so evidently it was well entrenched by the time I finished high school.

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One of the nice things about the end of August is the Little League World Series.

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There are some things about Facebook that I really like. Photos of my extended family members would top the list, of course. That would be followed by funny things like tiny baby goats acting silly or kittens and puppies being adorable.

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Over my many years of aunthood, I’ve tried to pass on a few ideas that I think are worthy of adopting.

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Just like clockwork, every four years I attempt to understand the game of soccer by watching some World Cup games. I was doing just that not too long ago when I was rudely interrupted.

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Do you ever think about the remarkable medical breakthroughs have been made over the decades? Most of us can remember a time when a cancer diagnosis was an instant death sentence. Back in our great-grandparents’ day, a heart attack was nearly always fatal. In the westward ho, pioneer days of…

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Nothing seems to capture the attention of the world like an underground rescue.

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How can it be July already when it seems the school year just ended a week ago?

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Early on in life, my mother emphasized that I should not talk to strangers. From that time forward, every time I was with my mother, she talked to strangers. In my childish mind, I had trouble connecting the two. I was supposed to be afraid of strangers, but Mom talked to them as if they wer…

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Just sorted through the paper stacks on the coffee table and came away with about 5 pounds of junk mail.

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We were in the middle of some merchandise emporium when the kid asked me a question. My mind was on other things so what I heard was “You … interested …queen?”

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Learning is a lifelong adventure, but sometimes the lessons could or should have been skipped.

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Since retirement, I’ve been working on “projects.” A fairly large project has occupied the entirety of the dining room table for months now. It’s a hateful task: clear out files to make room for new/updated files. Someday it will be finished.

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You’ve heard that old Pennsylvania Dutch saying, “We grow too soon old and too late smart.” I’m not sure everyone “grows smart.”

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At the beginning of March, a young friend called to share some good news in his life. I congratulated him and asked about his family, particularly his toddler son. He said the little guy wad doing fine and growing. Then, all full of himself, he slipped in a little dig at me.

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One of the major projects started, but not completed, is going through Mom’s personal things. Seems she kept everything that had any sentimental value to her.

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From the time we’re born, we’re on some sort of schedule. At first, it’s our own schedule and it’s filled with eating, sleeping, crying. Eventually, however, we acquiesce and conform – somewhat – to what our caretakers demand/suggest.

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The memory could not be clearer in my mind. It was a warm day in early June 1967, and I was heading to commencement rehearsal. Just as I said “See ya,” to Mom, she responded, “Don’t come home until you find a job.”

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When I joined the Facebook realm, I did so to be able to “see what the ‘kids’ are up to.” A plus to that is seeing what the kids’ kids are up to. First off, I was shocked at the language used. I know my nieces and nephews are adults and some of them have adult children, but is this foul verb…

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Surgery was done and I was home with my instructions, admittedly thinking of everything that could possibly go wrong and remembering the warnings: Don’t lift anything over 15 pounds. Don’t rub your eye. Don’t get water in your eye. Put the drops in your eye three times a day. The consequence…

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Just one more appointment before CR (cataract removal) Day. How long could a meeting with the surgeon last? I assured my co-workers that I wouldn’t be gone long. After all, how many more sets of eyes needed to look at mine before the tiny, yet offending body part was to be removed?

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More quickly than I’d hoped, the day to visit the eye center arrived. Shortly after I’d nested into a spot in the busy waiting room, I was summoned by a young man and ushered into a small room with scary looking instruments. The next two hours were a whirlwind of people and exams, videos and…

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As I recall, it happened in the kitchen of my home in the township of Southampton, county of Franklin. I had been mixing up some type of concoction with my hands and had removed my wedding ring. The chore was done, the hands were washed and I was about to put the ring back on. I examined it …

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Back in 1960-something, before attending my first high school football game, I asked Dad to explain the game to me. What he said made no sense to me, so off I went to see the Northern Polar Bears vs. the Shippensburg Greyhounds. To complicate matters, I was with friends who attended Northern…

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It was a week or so before Christmas and the “little one” and I were heading home from the easternmost end of our fair village. I was pointing out lovely Christmas light displays.

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Common sentiments around Christmas are that holidays are for families and holidays help make memories.

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My first introduction to the new hire coming to work in my department was via photograph. He sported a handlebar mustache, a big grin and white hair. “This is gonna be a character,” I announced to anyone who would listen.

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Both of my parents had lots of siblings. While both came from very poor families, partially because of the number of children to feed, clothe, and shelter, there’s something good about all those siblings.

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For more decades than I’d like to count, I’ve had a not-so-secret love affair with Yankee Candles.

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With so many sources for news these days and the constant cry of “fake news” coming from Washington, D.C., it’s hard to know what to believe.

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Have you ever noticed that no one seems to cook dinner on Friday?

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Not far from Brookville, in upstate Pennsyltucky, there’s what claims to be “the oldest legal distillery in Pennsylvania.”

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The first time I heard about elk in Pennsylvania was a few decades ago. The information came from a couple of my coworkers. Not only did they tell me where the elk were, but they also suggested a person to contact to arrange lodging for a trip to the area.

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It’s one of those things that you’ve never seen, but you know it exists.

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“Aunt Bo, I need to go to the DMV and I thought we could go Saturday,” she said.

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To the best of my knowledge, there is no specific test that measures patriotism here in the good, old US of A.

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The time for the 50-year class reunion dinner arrived and I was still not convinced that I should go. After all these years, I felt that I had nothing to contribute. I had no spouse or significant other. I had no children to brag about. With no children, there were no grandchildren, thus I c…

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When the packet of information arrived I was skeptical. It was all about the 50-year reunion of the SASHS Class of 1967.

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As a great deal of our country continues to recover from the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and other parts of our country are being consumed by wildfires, many people are trying to figure out why these catastrophes happened.