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The human condition on display in parking lots

shopping carts

You learn a lot about people in a parking lot. I thought about that the other day as I watched some fellow empty a couple of sacks of groceries into his car, then shove his shopping cart toward the

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Faces of cousins a welcome link to the past

I’m sitting with my family and siblings at a picnic table in a park in the hometown of my grandparents. Clusters of families are gathered at other picnic


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It makes so much sense to be 4 again

I want to be 4 years old again. Yes, I remember what it’s like to be 5 and 12 and 17. I’m not saying I want to be all of those again. I just want to be


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'Treasure' is priceless when it's given away

Some of the remaining ‘treasures’ are already boxed when they show up. The garage sale is an average success. We sell some big things and some little


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Parenting isn't any easier the second time around

Notes from the Field: (Of a woman whose youngest ‘child’ is nearly 30 years old and who cheerily agreed to house, feed, and protect four young children,


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What's the difference between a tax and attacks?

I’m looking for a harbor, and a load of tea to dump into it…. That was an awesome Fourth of July, wasn’t it? Lots of “rockets red glare,


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So a lie can be free speech? Seriously?

I lied. So did my sister. It was a pact between sisters. We knew if we were going to get away with it, we had to tell an absolutely blatant lie. Like so many big


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