Laughing Amongst The Egg Shells

April 8, 2015

Last weekend the Hubbage and I hosted my sister-in-law “Bernadette”. Two or three years ago, she divorced a very angry, abusive, and viciously sarcastic man.  She is, to put it lightly, EXTREMELY sensitive to sarcasm, as well has harmless humor she deems as sarcasm. The Hubbage is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, […]

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Public Shaming On Steroids

April 7, 2015

The internet can be a powerful social peer pressure tool to change attitudes and beliefs which, in turn, affects behavior for the better.  But that sword of social peer justice is two sided and often used in rather sinister ways.   People who have been foolish enough to say silly, stupid comments in public or online […]

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Tagging For Children’s Sports Teams

April 6, 2015

This is a subject that has been on my mind for quite some time. But now that baseball and softball season has started, it is something that I have seen come up quite a bit. Years ago the kids would at least sell something in order to raise money for their sports team. Now they […]

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Feel Good Friday – Paul And Tina Are Family

April 3, 2015

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Saying “How Are You?” To Those In Grief Isn’t The Best Choice Of Words

April 2, 2015

I recently read one of the best articles of what not to say to those grieving the loss of a loved one that I’ve read in a long time but because it is copyrighted, I cannot reproduce it in its entirety here. The premise of the author, Nancy Guthrie, is that asking the question, “How […]

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Mixed Expectations

April 1, 2015

Reading about your double booked dinner guests reminded me of a similar sticky situation. Having relocated across the country, we found we were only two hours from some old friends of ours. We hadn’t seen them in years but had sort of kept in touch with Christmas cards and social media. They’d always been great […]

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It’s Still Begging And It’s A Problem

March 31, 2015

I have a friend who, many years ago, moved across the country. We were out of touch for a while but now remain in sort of contact through Facebook. We’ll message each other, the rare phone call here and there, etc.,  messages of support, “remember when” calls/messages. That type of thing. I saw that she […]

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The Baby Shower That Came With A Bill

March 30, 2015

Last year I was invited to a “gift card” baby shower. According to the emailed invitation, it was hosted by the daddy-to-be’s sister and the mother-to-be’s friend at a modestly priced restaurant over the brunch hour. There were about 15 of us in total, including the guest of honour, and the baby’s two grandmothers. We […]

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