A summer for the books

School’s out! Summer stretches out before us like a long and indulgent novel.
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Who are the people in your neighborhood?

Mr. Rogers made the most of his neighborhood. I try to do the same — by walking the different streets in the name of “exercise.”
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Winding down at the end of the season

It’s a wrap. Another school year complete — in the books. TGIF: Thank Goodness It’s Finished. Because I am tired. It happens every year.
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Slices of Life | Seven wonders — of life

We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World. Most of us couldn’t name them all.
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Jill Pertler | Outworking worry

I worry. We all do. We all have things to fret about and fixate on. Real and legitimate things that could and may go wrong that will mess other things up big time. And lately — oh, lately — doesn’t it seem there are more major, huge and catastrophic issues to occupy our brain space? It seems that way because it is that way and that, in and of itself, is cause for worry. So many volcanic...
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Jill Pertler | Three uncles

By Jill Pertler Slices of Life They’d be the first to admit they are more adept at handing off a football versus a tiny human being, but during the last week they’ve certainly given the latter their best efforts. At exactly two minutes before midnight on a recent Sunday, soon-to-be Monday, my three sons became instant uncles. Their excitement and curiosity regarding the whole process has been...
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Jill Pertler | Adventuring through life

By Jill Pertler Slices of Life   Life is supposed to be an adventure. That’s what they tell us, anyway. Thing is, what type of adventure isn’t specified so I guess we are left to our own devices. Most of us would welcome a non-stop, exciting, inspiring all-expense-paid and anything-but-banal adventure. Truth is, some things are easier said than done. There are practically an infinite...
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Getting ready, being ready, baby ready

By Jill Pertler Slices of Life She is going to have a baby. The little pink bundle we carried home from the hospital but a blink ago is soon going to be a mother herself. My baby girl is having a baby girl. It seems too good to be true — and scarier than heck, all at the same time. I’m the one who’s scared, not her. Well maybe she’s just a little bit scared. But on top of that she’s...
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Contemplating love

Love brings about vulnerability as well as security. Love can make your life safer; it can also create emotional risk.
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The splash and lure of new things

I grew up in an era where hanging at the mall was a regular weekend activity. Lingering in the food court was as natural as sampling lip gloss flavors in the department store. My sister and I would always get double scoop cones at the end of the day and our mom would wonder out loud why we weren’t hungry for supper.
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