10 Things You Think Are Cool

Facebook. Amazingly, it erases years and awkward social boundaries. iPhones. Totally want one, but will wait patiently for T-Mobile to get its act together. My kids. They are wonderfully talented and funny, and sometimes I wonder how it’s possible that I’m their mom. Convertibles. Once I owned my first (a 1991 Mercury Capri), I was hooked for life. British humor. The world is a...
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10 Bad Habits You Can’t Break

Procrastinating Chewing my cuticles Relying on deadline adrenaline Avoiding financial issues Not carrying cash Facebooking too much Ditto with infosnacking Letting the laundry pile up Avoidance behaviors Not exercising
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Ten Favorite Characters from Television

Gil Grissom, CSI. He’s brilliant but has issues dealing with people. Endlessly surprising. Sheriff Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show. Just the kind of smart Southern gentleman we could use more of. The “It’s…” Man (Michael Palin), Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He’s a favorite not for himself, but for what comes right after we see him. Julia Sugarbaker,...
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Ten Favorite Sounds

The wind in tall North Carolina pines Rain on a tin roof Dixieland jazz Bagpipes. Seriously. Best if you’re actually in the Scottish Highlands. “I’m home.” Night sounds: tree frogs, cicadas, owls Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy” That groany-snuffly sound your dog makes when you scratch him just so under the...
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Ten Favorite Things to Do During "Me" Time

Browse a bookstore. Read. Infosnack. Write. Stay in my pajamas all day. Watch girly movies and cry. Listen to college music and reminisce. Daydream. Talk to friends I haven’t seen in a while. Fix something yummy that’s on the naughty...
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