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Family Life

Living Out Our Vows

man and woman walking on beach

I sat across the restaurant table from my husband on Valentine’s Day thinking about how much life we’ve lived together. It was one thing to …

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Piano Man

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During the time my father and I rented a townhouse together, I was playing in a band called “Restoration” with Harley Wong, Perry Melynchencko, and …

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Speak Once, Then Act

child hugging adult

Someone once suggested that the best guide to discipline is just four words long: “Speak once, then act.” My cousin Morris Venden once described an …

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Christmas All Year Long

Christmas ornament on tree

I’ve always loved the Christmas season, not so much for the gifts as for the spirit it brings. I always enjoy all of the externals—the …

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Easy Come, Easy Go

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Some years ago, a friend of mine was traveling in the West. He arrived in Las Vegas and checked into a motel. Along with his …

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Unplug the Christmas Machine

Christmas of 1996 was the holiday-from-you-know-where for my husband and me. Despite the very best of intentions, I practically ruined everything by trying to make …

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Adaptable Dinner

man peering in smoky oven

“It smells like something is burning,” my son-in-law exclaimed. It was the night before Thanksgiving, and I could smell the pungent odor of smoke too. …

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My Ugly Toes

feet with daisies

“If we take her to the doctor, they can surgically shorten her toes, and then she might wear shoes two sizes smaller,” laughter shot across …

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