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Tis the season to eat, eat, eat, rejoice and get together with family. And yet, the holidays can also trigger quite the opposite response. Thanks to a combination of obligations, consumerism and bad taste, family differences and feuds whether over the right way to make the mashed potatoes or to get vaccinated against the flu or Covid, we sometimes feel more stretched and stressed than joyful. And we haven't even thrown politics into the mix. In an effort to add some levity to our preparations this year, we have come up with a few fictitious Thanksgiving spoilers to feed your...

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  The internet certainly gets its share of criticism, some well-deserved. Yet, one reason we like it is for the relationships it has helped foster.  Many will never become dear friends or lead to true friendships as we define that word. But some have definitely become acquaintances with whom we learn we have much in common. This forms the basis of many micro-communities within a larger one such as Facebook or other virtual sites.  We crave community that is built on common interests such as stamp collecting, bridge or poker, cooking, writing, grief support, religion, painting, books, ancestry, movies, exercise...

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Margaret's sisters tease her: "When did you become such a cleanliness nut?" Barbara is always saying to Margaret that she needs to do a YouTube tutorial on how to properly clean and teach her.  Yes, Margaret has become a cleaning machine. It helps too that her apartment in New York City is small, making cleaning a breeze. If only her late mother could see her now.  On the other hand, Barbara's mother was disappointed that Barbara wasn't a better cleaner. Barbara had little interest, perhaps, a reaction to her mother's intense interest and pride in having a spotless home. "We...

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With rising inflation, many of us struggle to make ends meet. So, when we recently inventoried how we spend (or rather waste) money, we both realized that too much goes toward high-priced restaurant meals.  We scratched our heads trying to think of clever ways to continue to eat out, though less frequently, and trim the fat, so to speak.  Yes, we could stop eating out completely. But this is major depravation of a big pleasure for each of us and part of our social lives. We crave this kind of getting together as much as the free fresh-baked bread often...

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At some point we each have thought, we wish we were richer. Maybe, have another income stream as prices rise, especially if our writing dries up. Our co-mingled anxiety has led us to wonder how easy or hard it would be to retrain ourselves in our 70s and find a new job.  We have a great work ethic, lots of life experience and like being around people, especially younger ones. In fact, we may each rewatch The Intern with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro to help us teach younger folks, including millennials, that we-and our peers--represent a fabulous applicant...

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