More Fun for New Year’s

Posted by mcm0704 on December 30, 2011 |

This is another excerpt from my humorous memoir, A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck. Enjoy….And have a very Happy New Year. As the last days of the year wound down, our thoughts turned to New Year’s Eve parties and the inevitable aftermath on New Year’s Day. I preferred going to someone else’s party as […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by mcm0704 on December 28, 2011 |

Now is the time to throw out the old and ring in the new. The natural response to the beginning of a New Year is usually optimistic and goal-centered. This is when we do some personal housecleaning, getting excited about resolutions that will make us better parents, better employees, better people, and maybe even thin […]



The Day After Christmas – What a Mess

Posted by mcm0704 on December 26, 2011 |

The day after Christmas was usually one of the best and one of the worst days of the year for our family. If that doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry, I’m not sure it does to me either. But let me try to explain. It was the best because:There were now 364 more shopping […]

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Merry Christmas

Posted by mcm0704 on December 25, 2011 |

To all my readers who celebrate the Christian holiday. And Happy Holidays to those who celebrate the Winter Soltice, Chanukah, Kwanza, and the other winter holidays. No matter which one we are connected to, we are all connected on another level in this time of peace and good cheer. Tags

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All I Want for Christmas is…..

Posted by mcm0704 on December 23, 2011 |

Over the years we received some very interesting Christmas lists. One was written on an entire ream of computer paper in 1977, and I still occasionally pick it up for bedtime reading. It’s a challenge like War and Peace. Someday I’m going to plow my way through the whole thing. One year our kids all […]

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Posted by mcm0704 on December 21, 2011 |

 Here’s another bit of humor from my friend, Tracy Farr….. This post orginally appeared December 2008.  It’s more than just a haircut Our country is going through some dire times. Banks are collapsing, the American auto industry is hitting speed bumps, and people are just not buying executive jets like they used to. So, it […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on December 19, 2011 |

This piece originally appeared in July 2008….. I swear I’ve got to stop reading advice columnists and get a life. I don’t agree with most of the advice anyway, so I don’t know why I bother. Old habit, I guess. A long time ago a writing instructor encouraged members of the class to read the […]

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Book Review – Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart

Posted by mcm0704 on December 18, 2011 |

Thank you Carl Brookins for introducing us to another good read. The Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen HartISBN: 978-0-312-61477-52011 hardcover release fromMinotaur Books, 320 pgs. It is interesting how these things come in multiples. Libby Hellmann recently released a novel with its genesis in the riotous summer and fall of 1968. The Minnesota […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on December 16, 2011 |

This post originally appeared in October 2008, but it could apply to today’s political race with just a few name changes. It is either incredibly sad or incredibly funny that history just keeps repeating and repeating and repeating…. Let’s All Take a Break The latest political news has Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama declining public […]

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Wednesday’s Guest – Tracy Farr

Posted by mcm0704 on December 14, 2011 |

In revisiting past blogs I found this piece that appeared in October 2008.  Thought you might enjoy the humor. Here is another guest blog from a talented jazz musician, who also has a deft hand with writing humor. He shares a weekly column with readers at winnsborotoday.com, and also graciously allows me to share with […]

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