Measuring life in meatballs

By Jill Pertler Slices of Life Yesterday I made meatballs for dinner. No big deal, but it got me to thinking. I can throw a from-scratch batch of meatballs together in no time. I toss the ingredients into my meatball bowl like it’s not hard — because it isn’t. It hasn’t always been this way. Meatballs haven’t always been easy. Not at all. Years ago when my husband and I were just...
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Things your mom never told you

I’ve got a newsflash for the naive among us: your mom didn’t tell you everything. This comes with the territory of motherhood. I’m talking about real lies about important things. Listed here are some of the things your mom probably never told you (and probably never will, but you didn’t hear it from me):
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Making the perfect marriage… and spouse

After spending the last three decades with my husband, I’ve learned marriage isn’t what I thought it would be. In some ways it is harder. In myriad ways it exceeds my expectations. And like a fine wine, it really does get better with age. Take heed, newlyweds!
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Home improvement shopping a lost cause

My husband and I had to make a trip to the home improvement store last weekend for one item. Just one.
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A point of view from all of us

I look up to my husband. Always have. Literally.
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When life gives you fabric softener

It was a go to the store for laundry detergent come home with fabric softener kind of day.
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English language and its discrepancies

The English language is a formidable beast, even for those of us who learned it as our first language. Language is all about meaning — communication.
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Life goes on, as usual

I used to worry. About a lot of things.
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Bacon goes way beyond mealtime

There’s a saying: “Everything’s better with bacon.” And it’s true. Bacon is greasy and crunchy. It’s chewy and salty. It’s delectable and balanced. Bacon is akin to nature’s perfect food.
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What’s in a smile?

By Jill Pertler Slices of Life It depends on whom you ask. As for Mona Lisa and the reason behind her mysterious smile, we’ll never know. But there is one thing I do know about smiles; they wield power — in a good way. If you offer a genuine smile it is guaranteed to make the recipient feel better. It’s a fact. In fact, there are a number of fun facts about smiling that most of us probably...
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