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Chatterbox: Minimizing reservations

Labor Day and Memorial Day are two big summer holidays; one starts the official summer season and the other closes it out. Many people don’t know what Labor Day is about. It was claimed as a day …

At my house, there’s an expression about “the red sock.” We didn’t invent the phrase, but when we heard it used on a favorite television show decades ago, it stuck. The meaning of the red …

Chatterbox: The decibels can ruin a party

It’s spring and coming on June. Ah, the June wedding season. We all love weddings. We all love the idea of them: new love so optimistic and charming and being able to wish good things for that …

Chatterbox: Heading upward via compassion

We’re often aware of empathy; that’s the emotion most of us feel on someone else’s behalf. Some news channels, recently, have been trying to tagline empathy as a negative trait. They …

Chatterbox: Constant flux

Okay, I’ll admit it … I just finished my first binge watching of anything ever. As mentioned on March 31, I attempted “Downton Abbey” for …

Chatterbox: Listening to hear

It seems that when we pause to see the world in danger, anywhere, most of us feel at least a pinch guilty about any blessings or good fortune we may have.Helping in whatever way we can is good, and …

Chatterbox: All reentry is dizzying

We’re beginning to see daylight these days, as our COVID numbers decline and we begin to peek out from, and venture beyond, our hollows. It’s certainly about time, if not past, but …

Chatterbox: Praise where it is due

There are many things that merit accolades. Some we overlook as being simply expected. For the most fortunate among us, that could be the care of dedicated medical staff. In America, good health care …

Chatterbox: Box of rain

Around my house, there’s an expression that fits many moments. I mentioned in my parenting column last week, parents are the be-all, fix-all, do-all resource in a family setting. As seemingly …

Chatterbox: The necessity of time and change

The weeks seem to be flying by, more so for some than others of us. A character in one of my books says flippantly, “Relativity … it’s all about relativity.”

Chatterbox: Parenting up, down and always

Of late, we have been very overtaken by the social and political situations that have surrounded us for over six years. Last week I wondered if it was still okay to enjoy anything. Now, I realize, we …

Chatterbox: Déjà vu, and the joy it costs

Erma Bombeck made people laugh with a syndicated column for over 30 years. She started during the Vietnam War, not an easy time to make people laugh. She published 12 books including nine best …

Remembrances and remnants

Is anyone else afraid these days? I am. It seems we all go through our days hoping for the best, continuing to do the daily thing, and living life as though the world were normal, even though it …

Chatterbox: Free to be our best

We all may be sick and tired of discussing America’s problems. Well, we are, as a nation, pretty much coming apart at some of our seams. We are flirting with a frightening level of national …

Chatterbox: Leaving large imprints

As we travel through my favorite metaphor, the ol’ tailor’s shop, picking up tidbits everywhere that stick, somehow we learn that our holidays won’t be like those Macy’s …

Chatterbox: A call for choice and commitment

The men who are often referred to as our Founding Fathers were not the founders of this nation. A nation existed here long before their arrival. The world is very old, and evidence of humans even on …

Chatterbox: Rambling roads

This column is being birthed over the rumbling of the Pennsylvania 202 bypass, south, just past 313, outside of Doylestown. Much like driving over railroad ties, this road has been in desperate need …

Chatterbox: Reclaiming the road to democracy

There are at least a dozen topics right now that are brilliantly important and tons of issues we need to be talking about. Sometimes, though, it feels like we are just beating the same drum …

Chatterbox: Focused efforts will change the world

Many years ago, my husband and I vacationed in the Florida Keys, including Key Largo … no, seriously … and yes, the magic of Bogart and Bacall and their classic film did make the visit …

Chatterbox: Making some good of it

So, we have all survived another holiday season … gift wrap stains on our rugs, long-distance family back home, inevitably having forgotten something we have to now ship, broken china, and at …

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