No Gift Wrap Necessary

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Just barely past Halloween, weeks to go before Thanksgiving, and the holidays are already knocking at the door. At my daughter’s house the door was opened early, and in walked Mack who might be – no bias here – the softest, mushiest, most adorable Papillon-Pekingese mix East of the Mississippi.

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A Rose by Any Other Name? Violet? Fern?

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In Shakespeare’s most famous play, the line “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” refers to Juliet’s love. Young Juliet declares that she will still love Romeo even though he is a Montague, a family Juliet's family (the Capulets) are fiercely feuding with.

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Sullay, A New American

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From my kitchen window I look into the dining room of my neighbor and friend Sullay. Born and raised in Columbia, she initially came to the U.S. to study English. Returning to Columbia, and a romance that had come undone, she wanted to come back to the U.S.

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Why Should Anyone Get Married?

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My daughter called the other day to tell me that good friends of hers were getting divorced. Her friends had only been married a short time; they were young and didn’t have children. It was sad. The dissolution of marriage usually is. Most of her friends are still single. They are graduate students and independent young professionals. Many of them marry later than the generation before. “And I mean, why get married in the first place?” Katie asked me.

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