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Debbie Noland
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Where Heritage Lives
Three months ago Pa-pa and I left our home of 21 years to set up housekeeping a half hour south of there in a lake subdivision near the small town where he grew up. For him, and for me as well in the nearly 42 years since I have known him, this place offers...

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A Gift from Marian
A couple hours ago, I had never heard of Marian McQuade. Now, I find that I owe her a debt of gratitude. The Legacy Project website informs me that in 1970, the year I graduated from high school and began college, Marian was leading the charge to establish ...

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Let's Hear It for the Cheese!
I shudder to think how close it came to happening. How, by the skin of my teeth, I avoided what would certainly have been a tragedy. Thanks to Heero, the youngest of the six grandkids, my life is complete. Yes, because, he had his fourth birthday yesterday,...

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Googie's Night with Catwoman
You can't go wrong with a Catwoman costume and a vanilla-glazed angelfood cake. Light seven candles, and you have all the ingredients needed for the perfect Bootsie birthday. Just a baby when I began documenting the kids' adventures in "Googie's Attic," Boo...

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The Number 10
There is something about the number 10 that commands attention: "Ten Little Indians," Ten Commandments, ten bowling pins, "ten little monkeys jumping on the bed." By the time an institution or a relationship gets to that magical number, it is usually time t...

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A Birthday Wish from Hoppy and Bob
"Googie?" I knew by Zoomie's tone that this was going to be a serious question--one of many he asked while he was staying with me last week. "Why is your arm loose?" With no small concern, I ran a quick check on my left arm from shoulder to wrist. When all ...

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Game Boy!
The writer of a blog titled "I Can Teach My Child," on April 4, 2012, explored several good reasons for playing board games with preschoolers. At the top of that list is the direct human interaction that electronic gaming negates as well as the undivided at...

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Pooh's Magical Day
In our family, Mr. Groundhog has to take a back seat on Feb. 2. He may get all the attention in other parts of the country, but around here all eyes are on Pooh. Our focus is not on worrying whether or not some rodent in Pennsylvania has seen his shadow and...

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And the Winners Are . . .
You may recall from my previous blog post that, on Thanksgiving Day just past, twenty-four Christmas storybooks wrapped in festive holiday paper jumped into a red bag and headed home three hours away with four of my grandkids. Their mission was to open and ...

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Advent Without Chocolate
If you are a kid, the word "advent," apart from its religious context, usually suggests "calendar," and that in turn brings to mind one thing: candy. In Christmas seasons past, I have given the grandkids those grocery store advent calendars with twenty-four...
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