Monthly Archives: March 2014


We caused no small amount of amusement ten years ago at our family reunion when we ordered a cake to celebrate my dad’s 100th birthday. What’s so funny about that? Dad died at age 92. And that explains why you … Continue reading

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have a seat

We’re just like the rest of you. We all gravitate to one particular chair when we settle in for an evening at home. For years now Mauri’s go-to chair was one of those IKEA birch armchairs with matching ottoman. Looks … Continue reading

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My recent travels to Arizona and Washington, DC, were mere puddle jumps compared to the many hours my two Carlson sons spent in the air last week. While sitting with Taylor at the Ambrose home in Virginia, he mentioned reading … Continue reading

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flat stanley goes to washington

Dear Gus, My class is doing a project on Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley is a character in my book. He got squished by a bulletin board. As you can tell, he is a very flat dude. Can you take Flat … Continue reading

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i quit

FYI, I resigned from my long-held position on the grammar police force. All that angst and for no good purpose. Who am I helping when I edit your sentences in my head as we converse? Who gets hurt when a … Continue reading

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the big W

[This post contains personal info and is pre-approved.]   I had a really good reason to fly to Arizona for the better part of the week. My joyful assignment was to keep tabs on four Anderson kids while Quinn accompanied … Continue reading

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a 3 and a 9

Mauri and I managed to cover the grandkid birthday bases yesterday. He was with Sage as she celebrated birthday number 3 in Oregon… …while I was with Paul as he celebrated birthday number 9 in Arizona. Who’s next?

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