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Where did our manners go?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:15 a.m.

Sometimes I think people are going crazy faster than I can keep up.

My connection with Dave

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:15 a.m.

I watched David Letterman’s final show last night with a sense of school pride.

Never a dull moment at Crazy Acres UPDATED

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:14 a.m.

The natives are restless at Crazy Acres, and by “natives”, I mean our roosters, Ben and Jerry.

I should have been a weatherman

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:14 a.m.

I wanted to be a lot of things growing up.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Friday, May 8, 2015 7:01 a.m.

Back in the day, legendary coach Bear Bryant (Roll Tide!) filmed a famous commercial for South Central Bell Telephone. He looked into the camera and said, “Have you called your mama today? I sure wish I could call mine.” Ever since, some version of that commercial pops up around Mother’s Day

A study I can support ...

Friday, May 8, 2015 10:01 a.m.

If you wait around long enough, and find someone with the right amount of money, you can pay to have a study done on just about anything you want – and get the results you want, too.

Chicken is a good thing

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:53 a.m.

A new Chick-fil-A opened in town last week. Many of my former northern friends — Yankees — asked me, “Why is this news?”

Julie on Jenner: Live and let live UPDATED

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:53 a.m.

Lord, what a flap over Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer last week.

Aging gracefully is not easy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:30 p.m.

I suffered a mishap the other night.

Is it hot in here?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:31 p.m.

If anyone knows why I’m laughing, sobbing and screaming simultaneously, give me a clue.

Quality of friends more important than quantity UPDATED

Monday, April 13, 2015 10:50 a.m.

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”~ Sun Tzu, Chinese general and author of “The Art of War.”

Carter is a handful

Monday, April 13, 2015 10:50 a.m.

I spent three days with my grandson Carter.

A pox is upon my house ...

Monday, April 6, 2015 11:12 a.m.

A pox is upon our house. The flu, actually, but it might as well be bubonic plague. And it struck down not me, but my beloved.

Some issues with the Easter Bunny

Monday, April 6, 2015 11:16 a.m.

I have issues with the Easter Bunny.

A column with bite UPDATED

Monday, March 30, 2015 10:46 a.m.

Me and my teeth operate under an armed truce. I don’t like them, but I need them.

A Catfish Fest story to remember

Monday, March 30, 2015 10:42 a.m.

This story has become a tradition.

Houses on the brain

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 10:30 a.m.

You can’t go home again, according to Thomas Wolfe. But you can drive past it on the interstate and wave (according to me.)

Sleep is big business in 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 10:30 a.m.

Sleep is big business.

A commute to remember

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:06 a.m.

If you have a job in the tri-county area, the odds are good that you commute to work. (Unless your job is being a full-time wife and mother, in which case you don’t commute because YOUR WORK NEVER ENDS.)

Say cheese!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:05 a.m.

My best friend said if I smiled for 60 seconds it would be impossible to have a negative thought.

Julie’s thermostat wars

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:56 a.m.

Marriage counselors say there are two main causes of divorce: Sex and money. I nominate a third: the thermostat wars.

Fido, Fluffy and French toast

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:56 a.m.

We are not projected to receive any ice this week.

It’s all in the list

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:03 a.m.

I make lists. Every single day. Lists for chores, lists for appointments, lists for groceries, lists for goals, lists for errands, lists of places I want to see before I die, and lists of every possible clothing combination in my closets. (Which is how I realized that tube tops don’t go with ANYTHING, but I have eight outfits for a funeral. …

One size does NOT fit all

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:03 a.m.

I do an inward cringe every time I hear a grocery story or department store sales associate say, “One size fits all.”

Nicky is one of a kind UPDATED

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 10:21 a.m.

Our dog has cost us more than my college education. Granted, it was in-state tuition 35 years ago, but still.

Awkward moments, anyone?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 10:22 a.m.

There is a reason I’m a recluse.

Coyotes, armadillos, oh my!

Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:38 a.m.

Coyotes, like armadillos, are now apparently everywhere. And by “everywhere” I mean near my house.

Adventures in writing

Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:40 a.m.

By the time you read this I will have finished my latest novel, “A Faerie’s Tear,” that is due for publication on Feb. 1, and will debut at the Berkeley Reads Tri-County literary celebration “Meet the Authors!” at Dean Hall at Cypress Gardens on Feb. 7.

Does that come in XXL?

Friday, January 16, 2015 2:42 p.m.

For as long as I’ve been an adult, I’ve struggled with adult fashion. It’s just not practical.

An example of grace and tenacity

Friday, January 16, 2015 2:41 p.m.

Watching someone you love get old is a bit strange. The only thing stranger is watching yourself get old.

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