“Time to Spare” “Do you have time for this?” my husband, Peter, asked.
Gasoline, microchips, chlorine, lumber, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, straws, chicken, ketchup, oat milk . . . What kind of list is this?
“The Homes of Dead People” A cousin of mine reportedly said, “I can’t imagine living in a house where other people have lived!”
At least 24 children went missing in South Dakota last month—nearly one child every day throughout the month of May—and if one were to try to look it up they would find a total of . . .
“Best Wishes” I just learned that my ex-husband has remarried. I learned this as we learn about all important life milestones these days: on Facebook.
I’m sick of it, too, alright?

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“Midcentury Modern Christmas” “I’ve forgotten the funny name of the tree you helped us pick out,” my mother said. “Our tree this year is named Melinda.” The greenhouse where my parents get their Christmas tree every year has festive tags hanging from the trees with their names and prices. These...
Q: Why is closing the digital divide so important for Rural America?   A: Connecting every home and business to high-speed internet access will open the door of opportunity for rural residents to compete in the digital economy. Rural broadband is a critical piece of the puzzle for communities to...
Norm Johnson, you cheered me up and made my Christmas joyful. I’ll explain “how” later. It’s Christmastime. A vastly different one from those we remember and now covet. Christmas should be a happy time, no matter the circumstances, but that’s much easier said than done. We’ve become accustomed to...
Dave Ramsey’s company, Ramsey Solutions, took on the debt of 8,000 people across the country–a total of $10 million–and completely forgave it.  As America’s trusted voice on money, Dave Ramsey is known for his hard stance against debt. From the beginning, he’s run Ramsey Solutions completely debt-...
These may very well be the darkest days of my lifetime. COVID cases spiking, record unemployment and suicide, personal loss, isolation, and children not getting the full education they need to succeed. In the midst of this uncertainty, many of us are hoping the familiar comforts of holiday...
“Lower Expectations” It is a year of lower expectations. Every year, there is a chorus of folks urging us to lower our expectations for the holidays—buy less, consume less, worry less, about having a picture-perfect holiday, and spend more time reflecting on what the holiday means to us. This...
As the Biden administration begins to take form and cabinet positions are appointed, many have lauded Biden’s choices as “inspiring” and “progressive.” The first female treasury secretary, the first Latino secretary of DHS, the first female director of national intelligence . . . However, while it...
It’s a done deal. On Jan. 20, Joe Biden will become our 46th president and the mess left in aisle 45 by our current president must be addressed. What can we expect from the Biden administration? Will the economy rebound? Will Trump’s `America First’ isolationist dictum return to internationalism...
We are deep into this disgusting pandemic, having spent most of several months feeling confused and misguided. A lot of us, experts and amateurs alike, have started to get philosophical about our experience. We do this, not as some sort of rationalization, but as a search for partial understanding...
“Big, Ridiculous Goal” My friend, Anita, is felting up a storm. Philip is cooking something new and posting a photo of it every day. Megan is reading Shakespeare on video, Jason is doing woodwork projects, Tom and Mary and Katie are sewing thousands of masks, and Peggy is studying Spanish, German...

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