Evolution of the telephone

When I was a kid, the telephone was important stuff. Like most families, we had one phone number. Can you imagine an entire family sharing one phone number? Yet we lived through it.
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The upside of snoring

In our culture we don’t usually brag about snoring. It isn’t a skill we covet. It isn’t seen as a skill at all, but an embarrassing behavior beyond our control. Sort of like stinky feet or public flatulence.
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When life isn’t a bummer — not really

It's such a bummer when on a normal day when you have nothing else planned you get a phone call from your daughter asking if you can babysit your granddaughter for an hour or two.
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Our approach to life changes with time

Our appreciation of experiences and the world around us changes with time. The way I approach life differs now from when I was a teenager or newly-married 20-something. The world has changed as well, and that makes for a double whammy.
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Will we keep going ’round in circles?

They are making the rounds on busy roadways in cities and towns across the country. Stop signs are just so last millennium. The newest trend in traffic is the roundabout and it has me terrified.
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Plumbing insights and achieving a ‘clog-free life’

At our house we recently experienced a season of plumbing. TGIO. Thank goodness it’s over (I hope).
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Dealing with life’s muddy messes

By Jill Pertler Slices of Life My kids give me gifts, often without even knowing it. This weekend I received a pair, or actually it was a pair of pairs. Pants, that is. Two pairs, which totaled a pair. To further play with words, the pants were paired with a request. It was one of the most simple, albeit complex, requests I’ve ever received: Can you clean these? Of course I can clean them!...
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Recycling birthdays: A ‘gift’ that keeps giving

I forgot to give my husband his birthday card this year. I didn’t forget his birthday. That would be unforgivable. I just forgot the card.
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‘Me first’ people: Get over yourselves

We all start out in life as self-centered beings. It’s a necessity to survival. Problem is, in our current culture we too often fail to grow out of this sense of entitlement. If we want it we should have it. We believe the world owes us.
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Life without A/a is well… awful

All was admirable and acceptable — advantageous even — that a.m. I arrived at my work area early, adhered to my agenda and had accomplished an abundance of article assembly by afternoon.
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