The Zen of Simplicity

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It seems that many people I know are reading and following the advice in The Japanese Art of Decluttering. Is it the laid-back life in Western North Carolina that allows time to contemplate the need for simplifying our lives, or … Continued

I need tech therapy!

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Ask me when I feel old. Go ahead…ask!  All right. It’s when I have to learn to operate a new high-tech device. I don’t think most people even use the term “high tech” anymore, but to me I have to … Continued

Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is coming Sunday, and I always feel sentimental at this time of year. My mother died when I was a teenager, and she was very ill for years before that, so my sister Meri and I had to … Continued

Liberal Application of Febreeze

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The next day after her surprise visit from Peter, Lorraine spent the morning cleaning her apartment and spraying the couch with Febreeze to get rid of the smell Peter had left behind. She was disgusted with herself for encouraging him … Continued

Hot Buttered Conversation

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Lorraine settled herself on the French slipper chair with bright chintz slipcover opposite the couch where Peter was sprawled. They were both sipping Hot Buttered Rum out of chunky vintage Buffalo China mugs. Lorraine kept the cup under her nose … Continued