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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 […]

The ‘stuff’ nightmares are made of

The ‘stuff’ nightmares are made of

Column by Kay Frances They say that we spend the first half of our lives accumulating stuff and the second half getting rid of it. I’m firmly ensconced in the third quarter of my life and I’d have to say that I agree with this assessment. I know it probably defies the laws of physics, […]

To work or not to work

To work or not to work

(It wasn’t even an option when your parents were tightwads.) Column by Kay Frances I discovered the joys of having some jingle in my pocket at a very early age. My “allowance” for doing my chores was 25 cents a week, but that wasn’t nearly enough to support my candy bar habit. So, I found […]

From the editor

From the editor

By Adrienne McGee Sterrett So, I flipped my lid recently. I looked a little (a lot) crazy. What was so terrible that inspired this? Packing for a trip. I should have learned by experience that this is a stressful time and is not to be left to the last minute. But, no. I completely focused […]

‘Don’t make me pull this car over!’

‘Don’t make me pull this car over!’

Remembering family vacations Column by by Kay Frances Summer is upon us and the nation’s highways are bulging with travelers. It reminds me of my own childhood and those long, LONG family vacations. We traveled by “station wagon” which was a cross between a mini-van and a hearse. My siblings and I didn’t have much […]

Has my whole life has been a lie?

Has my whole life has been a lie?

Column by Kay Frances One of my favorite things to do is to peruse department store clearance racks. If I can get a $100 vest for $1.98, I consider it a major victory in the ongoing battle of Woman vs. Retail. We all have ideas of what is “perfect” for us. For guys it might […]

A family recipe worth passing down

A family recipe worth passing down

Column by Kay Frances Aunt Kay’s Off-the-Charts Crazy-Good Heavenly Egg Salad © Note: I gave my nieces this recipe for my egg salad. No, they didn’t ask for it. You didn’t either, yet here it is: my recipe, exactly as I wrote it for them. 6 boiled eggs. (I recommend taking the shells off). Seriously. […]

To lie or not to lie. That is the question.

To lie or not to lie. That is the question.

But what is the answer? Column by Kay Frances We are told from an early age not to lie. Mostly, we hear this from our parents who then proceed to roll out a steady diet of absolute falsehoods: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. “This will hurt me as much as it […]

A new year, a new list

A new year, a new list

Column by Adrienne McGee Sterrett Lists. I like them. They’re an orderly way to organize my thoughts on any given subject. There is something about old-school pen to paper that gets my brain’s gears going. Or slowed down appropriately. If I’m honest, my mind can be both slow to start and rev too high occasionally. […]

Rules and laws and mandates

Rules and laws and mandates

By Kay Frances I am a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen. OK, that’s half true; I do pay my taxes. And, for the most part, I try not to break the law. But, I have to admit that there is a little rebel inside of me that just gets tired of being told what to do. Let’s […]