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Nora At Rest

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, we said a final goodbye to Nora. She was almost nine years old and died of kidney failure after living with Cushing’s Disease and blindness for more than two years. Even with these health challenges,

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Posted in Daily Life, Family, Nutmeg and Nora

Book Review: College Transfer Guide

A few years ago, I met Susan Henninger at the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival. Since then, she and I have loosely kept in touch. She helped me with some key research for my writing project, and I connected her with a

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Posted in Consumer Life, Family, Reviews

7 Things Your Veterinarian Wants You to Know

All around the world, pets play an important role in the human family structure. In addition to their day-to-day care, managing their health can be complicated. A good relationship with a qualified, caring veterinarian can help navigate the many options in

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Posted in Consumer Life, Daily Life, Family, Health, Nutmeg and Nora, Pets

Fun with the DVD Netflix + John Grisham Sweepstakes

Disclaimer: I am a member of Netflix’s DVD.com Director’s program, which gives me free access to movies. If you sign up with my referral link, I may receive a referral reward. I love opening the red envelopes that appear in my

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Nutmeg’s Destruction Teaches a Lesson

Nutmeg and Nora, Cairn Terrier sisters, joined our family about five years ago. We have had our ups and downs but we eventually settled into a comfortable companionship, occasionally marked by complications caused from the Cushing’s syndrome and then the

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7 Things to Know About Advent

The other morning, to occupy myself during the mind-numbing task of lunch packing, I tuned my SiriusXM app to The Catholic Channel and then, EWTN, because Dr. Laura was taking a break. A “Cradle Catholic,” I was surprised to hear on

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7 Tips That Might Help You Live to 100+

My husband, Jim DeDad, is quite the genealogist. He’s always following hints on Ancestry.com, scrolling through old, imaged documents, and updating his Italian family tree. We even traveled to Italy a few years ago to walk the same narrow streets

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Posted in Daily Life, Family, Food, Health, History, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized

7 Excuses Provided by the Christmas Season

Many folks express disdain for the commercialization of Christmas. Some resent the hijacking of commerce for the last quarter of each year. Others just can’t wait for it all to be over. Me? The Christmas season is my favorite. Here are seven

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7 Reasons to Sidestep the Superhighway

For more than a decade, I’ve traveled the same route between northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio, first as the parent of a college prospect, and most recently, as a newbie grand-mère. I’ve often remarked that one does not need to

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Posted in Daily Life, Family, Northwest PA, Travel, USA

7 Bits About the Amazing Bobbsey Twins (1954)

When I was a kid, I was a voracious reader. Luckily, we lived near a library. My trips to the library often employed a wagon to ferry my borrowings home. Once, my mother walked by me in the living room

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