For me, looking at a map of Manhattan is kinda like attending a family reunion. Kinda. My mom, Maxine, grew up in Manhattan in the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30 as Maxine Givens. Some of those years were spent in a house .
It’s been an unusually warm winter, but the last week has been a chilly, wet reminder of what winter in the Midwest is really like. After having both fun and frustrating memories involving snow, I have mixed feelings about .
Recently my aunt wrote Facebook post about being “officially an old lady.” Her qualifications included wearing a hat when it is cold, no matter what it does to her hair; wearing glasses because she can see better than with contacts; .
I bet sometimes you wonder what we talk about behind the scenes at The Mercury. The number-one thing we do typically is find different ways to be as biased as possible against whatever you support. I’d say around 85.3 percent .
Aging cat a reminder of childhood Every little girl needs a cat. But I don’t think my parents ever expected my cat to live as long as she has. My mom spotted her under a pile of leaves on .
I can’t help but feel like I’m dragging my feet a little this week. It might be the snow. It might also be because it’s the first normal week I’ve worked in a few weeks. I’.
Taking a look at the ‘r-word’: retirement A college buddy’s 2014 Christmas newsletter said he and his wife were starting to consider the ‘R’ word — retirement. A few days after receiving Doug’s holiday greeting, the post office delivered my .
When I think of my grandfather and how to describe him, one of the best adjectives I can come up with is ‘tough.’ My grandfather, Charles ‘Bud’ Hanzlick, died Dec. 18, the morning of the first significant snowfall this year. He .
My grandmother turned 99 last month. I’m not sure she was happy about it. We celebrated with a small party at the nursing home where she lives, and I brought chocolate cupcakes and hot coffee, two things I knew she .
My niece nearly spoiled months of planning with a simple goodbye at Thanksgiving. “See you next week,” she said, to a room of open-mouthed adults panicked by the salutation. The message was accurate, it just wasn’t meant to be .
Unfortunately, sometimes being good isn’t good enough It’s almost December, which means it’s almost 2015. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I maintain the same goals every year: don’t get arrested, don’t .
Marriage is about compromise, and I’ve made a big one. My husband and I have sort of a standing agreement to spend the holiday with his family. And while they’re lovely people with a beautiful home and a .
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