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The adults in the room

The adults in the room

Column by Kay Frances A Baby Boomer is a person who was born between 1946 and 1964. Almost 77 million babies were born in the U.S. comprising nearly 40% of the population. I’m a textbook Boomer; my parents both served as Marines during World War II. When the war ended, they got married like millions […]

Doing Mom proud

Doing Mom proud

Column by Kay Frances My mom was a bargain hunter before bargain hunting was cool. Every year, she took her four offspring to a department store in the The Big City to outfit us for the school year. This store had eight floors and the merchandise got more expensive with each higher floor. We never […]

If only cars would fix themselves

If only cars would fix themselves

Column by Kay Frances I have never had an aptitude for understanding what is going on under the hood of a car. Nor am I remotely interested in learning. So, I have to rely on those with more expertise than me. I’ve been fortunate to have had wonderful mechanics over the years, but I’ve also […]

Information overload

Information overload

Column by Kay Frances In the old days, if you wanted information, you got up from the couch and walked to the public library. You’d go to the card catalog, find what you were looking for, take the card to the circulation desk and ask them to help you find it. I’m a bit embarrassed […]

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

Column by Kay Frances   Column by Kay Frances This old, OLD house. I’m in a long-term committed relationship. With my house. But I have to admit, sometimes I develop crushes on other houses. Currently, I’m obsessing over a newer home that is for sale. I go online and gaze longingly at its garden tub […]

A day in the life of a stressed-out American

A day in the life of a stressed-out American

Column by Kay Frances Your dog wakes you up at 4 a.m. and needs to go out. You aren’t able to go back to sleep until 10 minutes before the alarm rings. You hit the snooze button a couple of times, then finally get up. You wonder how you’re going to get by on four […]

Uncommon courtesy

Uncommon courtesy

Column by Kay Frances   Column by Kay Frances Color me “old-fashioned,” but I yearn for the good old days when you’d let someone pull out in front of you on the highway and you’d get a “thank you” wave. These have gotten to be few and far between and I want my kindness to […]

Give it an hour

Give it an hour

Column by Kay Frances “If you don’t like the weather in Ohio, just wait an hour and it’ll change!” If you live in Ohio or know someone who does, you’ve no doubt heard this oft-repeated expression. At no time is this old adage truer than when we are in the midst of the Changing of […]

E-nough with the E-mail!

E-nough with the E-mail!

Column by Kay Frances I’ve never really gotten over the magic of computers. I first learned to type on a manual typewriter. When you made a mistake, you’d have to paint over it. This became more complicated when carbon paper was involved. If you were a perfectionist, it could take all day to type one […]