Filters and photoshop
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Filters and photoshop

Today, I celebrated my 13th anniversary on Twitter. I would have guessed I’ve only been on this platform for half this time. Before Twitter, I remember people started texting…and I thought it would never catch on…of course this was with a flip phone and scrolling through numbers to spell out every letter… Now, I can...

Tug-of-War
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Tug-of-War

Our two dogs, Gratzi and Poppi are growing as best friends. This has not been automatic, in fact in the beginning Gratzi was not at all amused by a new puppy in our household….a very jumpy puppy at that…. The logic presented at the family dinner table one evening was that Gratzi needed a friend....

Allegations, arguments and attitudes
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Allegations, arguments and attitudes

One of the toughest times of the day for me as a parent is bedtime. Here’s why…. I grew up with an ongoing case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out for those of us over 40 😊) and my parents still tell stories about me sneaking out of bed and falling to sleep on the...

A Gran Torino and a Lion
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A Gran Torino and a Lion

When I was eight years old, our family took a road trip from St. Cloud, MN out to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington DC. It was such a fun vacation traveling in our mint-colored Gran Torino, visiting family, swinging on vines in the Appalachian Mountains, touring through Washington DC, experiencing a subway, swimming in the...

Dropped
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Dropped

Several weeks ago, I suggested to our kids still at home that we should play fantasy football. I thought this would be a fun way to learn the game of football and spend time together. It’s been a pretty big hit…. We started with a draft and for the most part, used the professional’s opinions...

Sorrow turns to joy
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Sorrow turns to joy

In just over a week we will celebrate our oldest daughter’s 20th birthday. This is astonishing…how could Leigh-Ann and I be old enough to have had a kid for two decades. During the pregnancy, we had plenty of “first-time” experiences. Such as the time when Leigh-Ann was super-pregnant wanted some relief (because KC August) so...

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A Great Coffee Shop

How would you describe a great coffee shop? Using words to paint a picture of something can be a challenge. But since the topic is coffee, I am going to give it a shot. I think a great coffee shop always smells good. When I enter I like to pause and take in a deep...