Rainy day ice cream

I’m sitting on the inside of a ginormous window at an ice cream parlor watching raindrops bounce off sidewalks, awnings, and umbrellas. A rainy day is a perfect day for ice cream, don’t you think? As far as I’m concerned, every day is a perfect day for ice cream. Outside, it’s cloudy, wet, and grey.…

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A new addition

I am at the stage of my youth where I’ve attended weddings for the majority of my friends’ children. Now, I’m getting notices of births and pregnancies. My reports fall on my husband’s ears like daily headlines. Gary is up to date on all the new additions and additions to be. He knows that “Kinsey…

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Note to self

Today’s phones are kind of like Swiss Army Knives—jam-packed with valuable tools. I’m sorry to break it to American Express, but the cell phone has surpassed the credit card in terms of “Don’t leave home without out it.” After all, even credit cards can be accessed via our phones. Of all the tools and apps…

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Bang-bang

When COVID-19 canceled my favorite month of the year, April became “Bang-Bang Shoot ‘em Up Movie Month” at our house. I don’t watch bang-bang shoot ‘em up films. At least I didn’t until now. This movie gone awry thing had an innocent start. One evening, in honor of the 2020 NCAA Big Dance that was…

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High on life

When I am standing in line next to a tall person—tall enough that he or she could dunk a basketball—I’m tempted to ask, “What does the world look like from up there?” But I remain silent. Shocking, I know. My unspoken query has to be one of the top two questions tall people are tired…

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Streetwise

A random question came my way. It’s a way to pass time—ask arbitrary questions and come up with answers. The question: “Of all the streets you’ve lived on, which one was your favorite?” It’s a trick question. For one, not all homes have street addresses. Some are route numbers, while others are called roads, courts,…

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Learning curve

We are, to be sure, living in challenging times—surreal to be exact. I feel for all individuals whose businesses are closed and for the employees who, as a result, are without jobs. Yours is a temporary situation. Believe that; I do. A great many others are now working from home. For me, this is not a new development. Though I miss changing…

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Because I said so

My husband often sends me amusing quips he stumbles upon. The latest struck a chord with me—a comparison between parents, now and then. Consider a child who utters an obscenity in front of a parent in today’s world. The parent’s response would likely be, “That word is inappropriate.” I’ll never forget my parents’ response (I…

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Word of the year

Before the 1960s, society knew Black Friday, the Oval Office, and dreadlocks only as a really crowded shopping day, the office of the president, and an interesting hairstyle. The English language is ever-evolving. A few newly coined terms and phrases come and go, while others seep into our vocabularies and take root. They feel like…

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Marooned

If you were marooned on a desert island and could take only three things—as much of each as you wish—what items would you choose? This is the question I’ve been asking people over the last couple of days. They think I’m crazy. And maybe they’re right. “I’d take a pen with a journal, matches, and…

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