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Halloween has fallen on hard times. Last year, trick or treating was discouraged because of Covid-19, but even before the pandemic, choosing a costume had become a risky business.

Pacific Islanders compared wearing a Maui costume to blackface, and if your child wanted to be Moana or Aladdin, they might…

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The first time I heard the term “capitalist roader,” I was reading Life and Death in Shanghai, a first-person account of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. To Chairman Mao Zedong and his adherents, the capitalist roader was a person who attempted to pull the communist revolution in a direction that would…

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When my mother was alive, she had one thing to say about my ex-roommate.

“You better not let her visit or she will steal your husband.”

What? Did she think I was so lacking in allure that a single woman could convince my husband of 45 years to ditch me…


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The list of characteristics that embody the kind of person I want to be are long, but I’ve been thinking more lately about the kind of person I don’t want to be.

For the sake of brevity, and because Mitch Albom can cull his heavenly list to five, I have…


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My old Fitbit never interfered with my life. I set it to 12,000 steps, and when I reached that goal, it buzzed with fireworks, kind of like the Fourth of July.

I liked that. When the fireworks flared, I could congratulate myself on a job well done. …

Retirement Humor

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My husband is the busiest retired person I have ever seen. His activity level makes me feel guilty.

Yesterday he headed to Louisiana with 11 men, seven chainsaws, and a tractor. They call themselves the Disaster Response Team, but I call them the Chainsaw Gang.

They are retired, because who…

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My father had too much to drink only once, that I remember. It was the day he lost his job. Forty-two years old when he and my mother married, he was already well-established in his career.

He had lived through the Depression and served in the war. …


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After the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook and Instagram make body image issues worse for teenage girls, Millennials weighed in with their own Me Too moment.

“If congress investigates Facebook and Instagram, they need to investigate Baywatch,” said Emma Bodsobad, who claims she was irreparably harmed after watching 1,246…

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My daughter-in-law didn’t want anything to do with me. Had I been bossy, offensive, critical? I dredged my memory for slights, intentional or unintentional, and couldn’t come up with anything.

She and my son lived in a different state, and on their first visit to our house, she got him…

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I don’t often check the Nextdoor Neighbor posts that land with annoying regularity in my inbox. There are only so many hours in a day, and we can spend those hours on some kind of social media, or we can get busy doing something.

There’s also this: I don’t like…

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