Did you have to be so nice to the crazy lady?

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We’d just eaten lunch at the Big Chicken, a major landmark Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Marietta, Georgia, and as we walked through the parking lot afterwards, my husband asked, “Did you have to be so nice to the crazy …

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The Lonely Garbage Can

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One of my childhood memories included walking to school along a sidewalk where the snow was over my head on each side. Decades later I could not help but question the validity of the memory – surely it was the …

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Laughter is a Brain Disease

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Apparently, laughter is a brain disease. I kid you not. I was researching mental disorders for something I was writing, when I came across a reference to “laughing epilepsy.” Having the propensity to laugh myself, more so than the average …

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The Idiot Proof Recipe

The night before Thanksgiving had arrived, and it was my job to make the Green Bean Casserole to bring to Thanksgiving dinner at our friend’s house. She was cooking up a feast of turkey, sweet potato casserole, fresh pumpkin pie …

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The Devil’s Taxes in the Mountain States

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The devil began his journey on Route 666 in Arizona and New Mexico, paid for with tax dollars and officially called the Devil’s Highway. The name has since changed but the legends live on. His visit to Utah was equally …

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Ann Landers’ Pencil Test

We’ve all heard of Ann Lander’s pencil test: If you can hold up a pencil you need to wear a bra. I never could hold up a pencil. All through my teens it was my dream that someday I’d be …

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Laughter is Public Silliness

When I was a kid my cousin Abby and I used to laugh a lot. It didn’t take much to get us started. Once we’d start laughing we’d feed off each other and would laugh and laugh sometimes getting into …

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1970s Slang of the Hippies

Remember the 70′s? It was a continuation of the 60′s generation with love and peace and flower power. Make love, not war. POW/MIA bracelets. We listened to 33 or 45 RPM records on our record players and 78 RPM records …

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