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Very recently a friend of mine coerced me into joining some Facebook group about Pennsylvania Dutch food and such. The coercion came in this form, via FB: “Your friend, Penelope, invited you to join this group.”

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Either the unwelcome flying visitor found its way back out of the house or it’s hiding somewhere because Willow and I haven’t seen it. At least she hasn’t mentioned it to me.

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The youngster had been planning his vacation for months, but then suddenly we were just a week away. I had some concerns, as did he.

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The plan was solidified: I’d go to my “usual” store, choose a suitable couch, arrange for delivery, then arrange to have the old couch removed, along with a couple of other superfluous items that should have been taken to the landfill years ago, prior to delivery of the new couch. I’d worry …

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While obsessing over the purchase of a new piece of furniture, I barely had enough brain cells left to think of anything else.

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Heat wave. High humidity. Record high temperatures in the Northwest.

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It only makes sense that when one household item goes bad, others will follow.

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At some point along our life’s journey, we learn that not all relationships were meant to last forever.

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There’s a tiny strawberry patch in our yard and this year’s crop, although not yet ready for harvest, appears to be a record-setter. Last year’s yield topped out at about five berries, so a pint this year would be a vast improvement. My agricultural experience (mostly lack thereof) tells me …

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Most of the time, it seems that questions on Facebook are meant to remind the reader of his/her advancing age. There’ll be a photo of a 1950s era sliding board with the query, “Who remembers how hot these got in summer?” or “Who survived riding in the back of a pickup truck?”

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Am I the only human who has felt mired down in a state of blah for the past year? It hasn’t been like being stuck in quicksand exactly. Not a matter of life and death. Just stuck in place and can’t seem to get out. OK. It’s been mental/emotional quicksand.

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Reportedly, we’re “seeing light at the end of the tunnel” when it comes to COVID, what with the “alleged” availability of vaccines and the fact that we’ve been hunkered down – to a degree – for more than a year.

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Not that I needed another habit, but one day a random thought occurred to me, and that thought was “crossword puzzle.”

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This winter has given us numerous opportunities to ask the ugly question “How much snow are we supposed to get?”

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It’s no secret that life is full of inconveniences, some more inconvenient than others. It’s also no secret that how we respond to them can influence the degree of their impact on our everyday lives. Over the decades, I’ve found that they rarely come singly. I’ve also learned that the most c…

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“So, when’s the last time you flew?” the kid asked on a cold winter afternoon while I was up to my elbows in dishwater.

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Here we are with the cable bill equivalent to about a car payment a month, and the provider sends an email informing customers that there will be a pricing update. Yes, that means the price is going up.

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ODD: It was probably 8:30 or so on New Year’s Eve when suddenly I realized that there wasn’t a 2021 calendar in the house.

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Old-time Shippensburgers waxed nostalgic when they noticed Santa and his sleigh had returned to “the square” this year.

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Everyone’s been posting photos of their baked goodies on Facebook this week. Some showoffs even rubbed our faces in it earlier.

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The little Christmas tree was in place, but naked except for the lights that came pre-attached. Dozens and dozens of ornaments were nestled in their totes, waiting to be selected for the honor of gracing the 2020 Tannenbaum.

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Routine can be good and, in many ways, it is. Each of us has a morning routine that no doubt includes brushing teeth, taking a shower, getting dressed, having breakfast and so on.

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As a young child, I had a dream that occurred every time I was sick. In it, I was trying to escape being crushed by a giant stage curtain. Later, as a teen, my one recurring dream was being shot at in my childhood home. Odd thing about that one is that I was on the second floor, so my assail…

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Disclaimer: What you are about to read has no scientific relevance, evidence, or significance. It makes no claims regarding emotional, physical, psychological, or physiological implications or indications. Any resemblance to persons living or deceased is purely coincidental. Read at your own…

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One of these days, when all this COVID stuff is over, we’ll look back and assess how we reacted, how we adapted or didn’t, what we accomplished or didn’t, how it changed us, if it changed us at all.

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Maybe it’s because this coronavirus thing has everyone a tad edgy, but there have been a lot of things going on that make me want to scream and/or pound my fists into the wall.

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When the plague of 2020 hit home, no one was prepared for how long we’d have to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous pandemic misfortune.