A Heritage Scrapbook

One Christmas my writer husband gave the girls a gift of their own pasts. He went through his old journals and made copies of the entries describing their births, then stories of them as babies and toddlers; he had written down the adorable things they said; he described sending them off the first day of school. Then he copied photos to go along with some of the entries, making a Megan Book and a Katie Book.

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IM A Foreign Language

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If your IM, text, or BBM savvy ends with the ability to cast a vote for “American Idol,” you are out of touch with a language that is growing organically by the day. Such a techno-imitation could keep you out of the know. Make you sound like a Luddite when you ask for a translation. Show your un-coolness in a flash.

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Some Guy in a Santa Suit

Santa Gets a Bear Hug

My mother was a truth-teller. Her name was Ruth and she occasionally would scribble a note on a pad with the inscription across the top: The Truth from Ruth.

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Fast Technology, Fast Click. Uh-oh.

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A lesson someone my age should have learned long ago. Refrain from saying something bad about one person to another. You’ll feel better about yourself.

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