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Self-isolation and quarantine reveals my true colours

There’s a proliferation of news articles and online information these days about how to fill our days while confined to quarters with the ones we love. Suggested activities include yoga and exercise videos, online singalongs and games, Words With Friends, Scrabble, Tik Tok videos, closet purging, basement cleaning, homeschooling tips, art classes, guided meditation, the list is endless. No one has any excuse for not…

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Mobile library ladies in Kentucky were a life saver in remote communities

A few pages into reading The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, I had to Google “blue-skinned people of Kentucky”. The main character of this book, Cussy Carter, is a “blue” and it’s something I was unfamiliar with. The story is set in the midst of The Great Depression in the 1930s. A small group of Appalachian hill people whose skin was tinted…

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These shoes were made for . . . social distancing? I don’t think so.

Another first-world problem has emerged during the current health crisis. I know it’s frivolous but at times like this, we have to lighten up or we’ll go crazy. This past winter I bought some new shoes. Actually, I bought more than one pair of new shoes (the actual number will remain our secret in case my husband reads this). Is there anything in the world…

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Pandemic reveals the secret side of first-world problems

The bald guys are laughing their asses off. Who cares that barbers, hairdressers and nail salons are closed until further notice? Not someone who does their hair with a razor every morning in the shower. However, there’s a ginormous portion of our population that depends on the regular services of hairdressers and nail technicians to keep us presentable enough to be seen in public. Baby…

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There’s a glint of silver lining behind that COVID-19 thundercloud

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is without a doubt a grave and horrifying situation. We’ve been watching the news and reading the papers, talking to friends and family about what to do and generally pulling together while keeping our distance. We keep hearing “We don’t know” from the experts while we muddle through washing our hands fifty times a day while singing Happy Birthday To Me and…

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Who’s your old lady heart throb?

Elvis Presley was my first and most enduring celebrity crush. What began when I first watched him on The Tommy Dorsey Show and then on Ed Sullivan was signed, sealed and delivered when I saw him in Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole at the Saturday matinée in the fifties. By the time G.I. Blues and Blue Hawaii came out in the sixties, my feelings for…

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