100 Word Challenge: Bubble

I enjoy baking for my family – especially cakes, cookies and breads. I’ve had a bread machine for years, and will periodically haul it out of the closet to bake loaves and loaves of fresh bread. (I don’t like finished bread from a machine so I just let it work up the dough, then I […]

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100 Word Challenge: Bath

My oldest dog, Hershey, has allergies. When springtime rolls around, there is something in the air – pollen, grass dander, fairy dust – that makes her miserable. Scratching, chewing, snarfing, it’s enough to drive anyone mad. She gets meds from the vet, and I’ve been known to slip her a little Benadryl, none of which […]

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100 Word Challenge: Library

Since the invent of the e-reader – Nook, Kindle and their ilk – I’ve remained a staunch adherent to the sanctity of the printed book. The smell of the ink on paper leafs, the feel of buckram, the heft of the book in my hands – I loved… love… all of it. That was until […]

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100 Word Challenge: Sibling

I’m sitting on the floor in the hallway of my house. All the rooms leading to the hallway are closed off and one end of the hallway is blocked by an expandable baby gate we’ve saved from when our children (now in their mid- and late-twenties) were toddlers. On the other side of the gate, […]

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100 Word Challenge: Classic

My Mister’s grandmother, his mom’s mom, was a crafter. She did needlepoint, cross-stitch and crochet. When his grandmother died, his mother, knowing I also crocheted, gave me all of her mother’s patterns – stacks of magazines and type-written patterns from the 1930s, 40s and 50s – classic shawls and home decor items considered vintage today. […]

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100 Word Challenge: Senior

There are life’s little milestones that everyone looks forward to – a baby’s first word or step, starting school, graduating school, your first job, your first love, marriage, babies and the first time you have the satisfaction of using your senior discount. I’ve never gotten too worked up over age. It’s a number. In my […]

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100 Word Challenge: Talk

There are eight warm-blooded creatures living in my home, and only three of them are human. That’s right, I have five pets – two dogs and three cats – and I treat each of them like they are my kids. I praise them, scold them, am sarcastic with them, joke with them, and have simple, […]

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100 Word Challenge: Respect

When my grandfather died, he was buried in a small country cemetery in rural Ohio. His long funeral procession wended its way down two-lane roads on its path from the church. That was almost 40 years ago but I can still remember how other motorists pulled over to let us pass. Even today, recalling that […]

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