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Life & Style



A Tale of Two Dollhouses

Published Dec. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The best Christmas present I ever got was a dollhouse. It was the same height as I was and built by my mother.

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A Toast to the Host

Published Nov. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

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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Published Oct. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

It’s one of those shoreline days that looks like a movie. The Sound is flat calm and boats lazily roll through the water

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Goth Girls

Published Sep. 20, 2018 12:01 a.m.

She walked in wearing all black and sporting spiked hair and multiple earrings.

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Sensing Summer

Published Aug. 16, 2018 12:01 a.m.

He straightens his back and looks intent as he says, “I am good, okay? I am not about wolf.”

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There’s Something about the Solstice

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The car behind me is so close I can’t see the headlights in my rear view.

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Long Train Running

Published June 14, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The sound rolls over the flat marsh and between the reeds. It’s low and long and gently pulls me from a deep sleep

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Nature Makes a House Call

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Thank God birthdays only come once a year.

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The Tree That Walks by Night

Published April 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

It was a dark and stormy night. I’m serious. It really was a dark and stormy night.

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Star Talk

Published March 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

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.

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Groundhog Night

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

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.

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A Long Winter’s Nap

Published Jan. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Sometimes your body and your schedule end up at odds. Spoiler alert: The body always wins.

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A Hallmark Movie Christmas

Published Dec. 14, 2017 12:01 a.m.

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 Hallmark movie watcher.

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Mr. Toad’s Wild Tram Ride

Published Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 a.m.

One nice thing I’ve realized about the shoreline is that you can get most anywhere easily

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Lingering and Longing

Published Oct. 12, 2017 12:01 a.m.

So there I am, sitting outside at a café in Prague, drinking coffee and listening to an old man play the sax.

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In a Shoreline Minute

Published Sep. 14, 2017 12:01 a.m.

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 there’s a dew point over 75 and a temperature over 95.

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat

Published Aug. 10, 2017 12:01 a.m.

They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I beg to differ.

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Camping Memories, Good and Bad

Published July 06, 2017 12:01 a.m.

This summer I read that the local camping area opened later than in previous years due to state budget cuts.

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So Help Me

Published June 15, 2017 12:01 a.m.

This has been an era of Getting Things Done. An era of Doing Grown-up Stuff.

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Where There’s a Will

Published May 11, 2017 12:01 a.m.

“So are you gonna come home with me?” the man asks.

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March Can Be the Cruelest Month

Published April 13, 2017 12:01 a.m.

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.

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The Goose That Laid the Paper Eggs

Published March 16, 2017 12:01 a.m.

And I Dream...

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Germ Warfare

Published Feb. 16, 2017 12:01 a.m.

This particular column is brought to you courtesy of the man in front of me at Stop & Shop who open-mouth coughs then wipes his nose with his hand before touching anything and everything. Thanks for sharing, Bud.

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The Gothfather

Published Jan. 12, 2017 12:01 a.m.

The Gothfather paces the stage in a black moto jacket, black jeans, and black boots, his guitar hanging over one shoulder.

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Party of the Year

Published Dec. 15, 2016 12:01 a.m.

A funny thing happened after the election. No, not really.

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Once in a Blush Moon

Published Nov. 10, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Best Friends Have This Type of Shorthand

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Machines Gone Mad

Published Oct. 13, 2016 12:01 a.m.

It’s fitting for this time of year that many things in my life seemed to have become possessed.

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Crazy Days of Summer

Published Sep. 15, 2016 12:01 a.m.

The song goes that in summertime the living is easy. I disagree. Summertime is when things go into high gear. Lazy days of summer? More like crazy days of summer.

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Just Chill

Published Aug. 11, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Is there anything more glorious than taking in a shoreline sunset by sea? Island Girl and I are on a boat courtesy of a very nice guy who offers us an impromptu ride. I swear the best things happen when you don’t make plans. I hadn’t planned to go out at all. I certainly hadn’t planned to be on a boat. But here I am gazing at a salmon-colored sky as we slip lightly through the water.

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Published July 14, 2016 12:01 a.m.

It sounds like a line from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. “I have to get the corpse off the front porch before the visiting nurse comes!” I say.

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