Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Shoreline Living

Life & Style • Published April 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Game of Scones: Part II

In my previous column I wrote about attempting to crash a reality TV show. The show is about a restaurant renovation and the weekend plays out like a medieval fantasy quest tale, complete with...

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Life & Style • Published March 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Game of Scones: Part I

Crashing a reality TV show was never an item on my bucket list. Nonetheless, I can now cross it off. You never know what can happen here on the shoreline. Sometimes it only takes a little journey...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Mommie Dearest the Car

There’s a really old, really awful TV show that was around before I was born called My Mother the Car. In the show a man’s car is possessed by his deceased Mom and wreaks...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Post-Holidaze

When I go Christmas shopping, I find more things for myself than for anyone else. I know this is selfish, but it’s the way it goes. I like a lot of things.In my favorite shop there...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A Tale of Two Dollhouses

The best Christmas present I ever got was a dollhouse. It was the same height as I was and built by my mother. I remember opening the wide doors as a seven-year-old and not fully comprehending...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A Toast to the Host

There are those who have and those who don’t have. There are those who do and those who don’t do. At this time of year, there are those who host and those who don’t host....

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Unplugged

It’s one of those shoreline days that looks like a movie. The Sound is flat calm and boats lazily roll through the water. Clouds dot the sky in little lumps or gauzy strokes like cotton...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 20, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Goth Girls

She walked in wearing all black and sporting spiked hair and multiple earrings. I was standing there in a purple short-sleeved sweater sporting a pageboy bob. This girl is going to hate me, I...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 16, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Sensing Summer

He straightens his back and looks intent as he says, “I am good, okay? I am not about wolf.”I’m thinking he’s all about wolf. His accent is as thick as the smell ...

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Life & Style • Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

There’s Something about the Solstice

The car behind me is so close I can’t see the headlights in my rear view. I’m on my way to work and am a little early, so I’m in no rush. I am doing the speed limit, however....

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Life & Style • Published June 14, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Long Train Running

The sound rolls over the flat marsh and between the reeds. It’s low and long and gently pulls me from a deep sleep. I yawn and stretch. Flop my feet over the side of the bed. I hear it...

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Life & Style • Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nature Makes a House Call

Thank God birthdays only come once a year.The day of my birthday dawns, sun bright and spring warm. An auspicious beginning. I don’t bother to read my horoscope to tell me what will...

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Life & Style • Published April 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The Tree That Walks by Night

It was a dark and stormy night. I’m serious. It really was a dark and stormy night.When I was a kid I had a love-hate relationship with scary stories. I loved turning the lights out...

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Life & Style • Published March 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Star Talk

Not all conversations are created equal. Conversation can be food for the soul or it can be that junk-food snack that you wish you’d resisted.I love meeting people even though...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Groundhog Night

There are times during the winter months when I should be put into a corner with an entire chocolate cake and left there. I become tired and cranky.As Christmas trees are untrimmed and left ...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A Long Winter’s Nap

Sometimes your body and your schedule end up at odds. Spoiler alert: The body always wins.I’m sitting in a car with my sister-in-law, niece, and nephew. There’s a long snake...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 14, 2017 12:01 a.m.

A Hallmark Movie Christmas

I recently saw in the news that a Hallmark Channel movie was filmed in my area. I might actually watch it so I can point at the TV and shout “I know where that is!” I’m not a...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Tram Ride

One nice thing I’ve realized about the shoreline is that you can get most anywhere easily. What I mean is, if you’re wheelchair-bound, you can get around. Parts of Europe, on the...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 12, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Lingering and Longing

So there I am, sitting outside at a café in Prague, drinking coffee and listening to an old man play the sax. The notes emerge from his golden horn and slide over the cobblestones like low-...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 14, 2017 12:01 a.m.

In a Shoreline Minute

I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold. I’m the annoying person in the office with a sweater on my shoulders and a wool blanket on my lap in July. I hate air conditioning unless...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 10, 2017 12:01 a.m.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat

They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I beg to differ.It’s a Triple H Tuesday. Yes, the classic hazy, hot, and humid. I get home from work and my...

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Life & Style • Published July 06, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Camping Memories, Good and Bad

This summer I read that the local camping area opened later than in previous years due to state budget cuts. Staff to maintain the area has been drastically reduced and people wonder if in future...

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Life & Style • Published June 15, 2017 12:01 a.m.

So Help Me

This has been an era of Getting Things Done. An era of Doing Grown-up Stuff. Last month I prepared my will, this month I’m preparing my living room. For what? Well, for looking less like a...

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Life & Style • Published May 11, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Where There’s a Will

“So are you gonna come home with me?” the man asks.“No,” I answer. “I just came here to dance.”It’s been a heavy and intense couple...

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Life & Style • Published April 13, 2017 12:01 a.m.

March Can Be the Cruelest Month

The famous poem states that April is the cruelest month. It suggests that with the arrival of warm weather, everything and everyone is forced into action. Cozy winter days alone are replaced by...

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