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My outrageously hilarious, loving, warm, zany, smart, gorgeous, brave, storytelling, hyperbole-infused, expert-on-all-things-Turkey, o-so-kind, archaeologist-martini-drinking mom is 86 today! She’s slayed devastating loss, poverty, dire circumstances, cancer, two brain tumors and a hatred of math with an unflinching sense of humor, resolve, and determination. Deftly juggling a childhood in the warm embrace of her loving south side of …

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My advance copies of the much-anticipated “Citysketch London” arrived with a thump, immediately preceded by the sound of a rumbling UPS truck engine racing up my gravel driveway, accompanied by a cacophony of high-pitched yelps from my two minuscule and mostly ineffective watch dogs. Dashing out to my mudroom deck, and stepping around the serpentine-machinations of …

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anybody else out there old enough to miss the satisfying ‘snap-snap’ of a suitcase? the sound that used to signify that the goods were folded, bundled, ribbon-tied and secured? that metal-upon-metal ‘click’ that moved you to swing the case up, grab a hold of the worn leather handle, and, with a ticket to some marvelous …

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carried out enormous family reunion. check. feted darling daughter for her 20th birthday. check. encouraged & oversaw issues related to son finding new apartment in the city. check. dealt with new kitty, behavior management (spray bottle of water), and several vet visits. check. aided and abetted daughter with new apartment furniture & fittings acquisitions. check. …

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