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Construction Catastrophe

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On the last Saturday of May, I arrived home to find a flyer on my apartment door from the leasing office. It was late, I was exhausted, and the entire page was filled with two bulleted lists of detailed instructions followed by several paragraphs. It looked complicated. It looked like a pain in the ass. So I tossed it on the kitchen counter and went to bed.Continue reading Construction Catastrophe

Tonsillectomy Treachery

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I had an appointment recently with an oral surgeon to discuss the upcoming extraction of two of my wisdom teeth. He advised me that for the first day after the procedure, I should eat only soft foods that I wouldn’t have to chew such as apple sauce, pasta, soup, pudding, yogurt and ice cream. At the mention of this last item, I flashed back to my early childhood and the bitter memory of betrayal…Continue reading Tonsillectomy Treachery

Baking Chocolate Surprise

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chocolate_barsThe other day, I was doing a bit of grocery shopping and pushed my cart down the baking aisle to pick up a box of currants for some currant shortbread cookies. I saw the baking chocolate nearby and remembered that I had also wanted to make some brownies. The recipe called for unsweetened baking chocolate which, at the time, I didn’t have, so I tossed a package of chocolate in my cart, as well.Continue reading Baking Chocolate Surprise

As Ye Sew, So Shall Ye Rip (My First Sewing Memory)

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Agony-Needle-and-StringMom possessed a lot of really good, practical knowledge which she began passing down to my sister and me as soon as she felt we were old enough to understand what we were doing. One of the many skills she taught us was how to sew.Continue reading As Ye Sew, So Shall Ye Rip (My First Sewing Memory)

Revenge of the Sith(ter)

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Rotary dial telephone, c. 1940s (Photo: Kornelia und Hartmut Häfele)
Rotary dial bakelite telephone,
c. 1940s
(Photo: Kornelia und Hartmut Häfele)

Many years ago, my sister met and married this wacky, cool Canadian guy and moved to Canada. Meanwhile, I had already had to relocate from our home town of Detroit to find employment in Houston. The challenge was always the same: keeping in touch with my sister without having to compromise on our occasional marathon gab sessions without racking up ridiculously high long distance and international phone bills. Continue reading Revenge of the Sith(ter)

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