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Barbara Bess
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Heavy Wash or Normal Wash?
Whenever I see anyone pulled off to the side of the road with car troubles, I feel great sympathy for them. My sister and brother and I experienced our share of automotive adventures as we grew up. Fortunately, our father contributed a wealth of knowledge c...
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Santa's Logs
We had a fireplace in our home but we never really used it. I remember only two or three fires in it when I was growing up. If we did have a fire, we first had to remove Santa's logs and then add the wood we actually planned to burn. What do I mean by Santa...
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Biscuits and Gravy and Giblets
Most conversations this time of year concern food, so  I want to add to that already overwhelming number. I've been thinking of my mother during the past week because five years have passed since her death. I remember so many things about her and think of h...
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Respect or Disrespect for the Flag?
I am not writing about pre-game ceremonies at athletic events. I am, however, writing about how we as ordinary citizens use and display and respect the U.S. flag. In general, I have observed that many, many citizens disrespect the flag even when these same ...
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A Return and A Farewell
I have not posted here in 2017. During these months away, I have been fighting cancer, including two surgeries, months of chemotherapy, and five weeks of radiation therapy. This year has challenged me and my family. Nevertheless, the treatments have been ef...
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My Y2K New Year's Eve
Although we laugh about it now, New Year's Eve 1999 found millions around the world anxious about what would happen to computer systems if their internal clocks failed to roll over to 2000. People withdrew cash from their banks in case ATM's wouldn't work. ...
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The Wrong Little Town of Bethlehem
I spent the Christmas season of 1973 in Great Britain, splitting my time between Scotland and London.The Scots didn't tend toward elaborate Christmas decorations and displays then, although things may have livened up in the intervening years. London display...
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An Unforgettable Coca-Cola
I was watching Coke's Christmas commercial earlier today and smiling at how well it conveyed the absolutely spot-on refreshment an ice cold Coca-Cola can provide. If I still drank sodas, I would have jumped in my car and gone to the market to pick up some b...
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I Know What the Shepherds Felt Like
As I set up our Nativity scene each year, I stop and think about each figure as I place it. I usually smile when I think about the shepherds who were watching their flocks by night when the heavenly host appeared in the brightly illuminated sky. I know exac...
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The Third Rail and the Pilot
All parents try to be diligent about teaching their children how to be safe in the outside world. We hold their hands while crossing the street, we teach them to look both ways when crossing, we teach them how to ride the bus and the train, and we especiall...
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