This is grandparents’ week at our cottage. Instead of writing, blogging and Facebooking, I’m indulging in Super Diaper Baby, Uno, and watching my six year old grandson ride the big yellow bus to Children’s School and then sit quietly at Chautauqua’s historical amphitheater as he takes in ballet and orchestra with a child’s enthusiasm—and longer-than-expected…

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Have you heard about James and Kimberly Snead? The Sneads are ordinary folks, not rich by anybody’s standards. By their own description in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, they live from paycheck to paycheck and rent their home. When an acquaintance of the Snead’s son was orphaned and had no other place to go, they…

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After a busy weekend hosting all my children, spouses and grandchildren, I need to nap more than I need to blog. You’ve all been there, right? So I’ll be back next week. In the meantime. . . ZZZZZZ. . . .

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I receive a lot of email. In fact I spend far too much time clearing out my inbox every day. I’m not talking about spam, which is luckily well controlled. Too much of the email I’ve actually signed up for is useless to me: companies trying to sell me things I don’t need or want;…

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Sometimes my best ideas occur in the middle of the night. Sometimes answers to my toughest problems occur then, too. And sometimes my dream self just says, “You know, it’s a good thing you didn’t want to be an engineer.” This past week dream self sparkled and tinkled her way into my bedroom and waved her magic “Let’s…

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Do you have the answer? It equals exposure to lots of new germs and a very bad cold. I came home from our Thanksgiving trip with a real doozy, so instead of working right now, I’m taking a break to clear my head and feel better. Southern Exposure will resume next week when I can…

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Between a week of brainstorming, a busy family weekend with two of our four children and their children, and a tummy bug of some sort, I think a nap has to have higher priority today than my blog. By next week I expect to be back in full swing Meantime, today–as I write this–it’s the…

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We’ve had a wonderful time with family over the holiday, and some are still with us for the rest of the week. So no blog today. Grandchildren time instead. Hope you have family time scheduled over the summer, too, and if you’re reading this from the U.S., hope your Fourth of July was a good one. I’ll see…

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I spend the summer at Chautauqua Institution. The official website describes Chautauqua this way: Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times. Check this link for a more comprehensive background. Quite a mission, huh?…

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I’ve confessed before, but I’ll confess again. I love newspapers. This apparently makes me desperately old-fashioned. But while I also check newspaper articles online, nothing compares to sitting down in the morning with the real thing and going through it page by page. I miss the little things on the internet. The local tidbits. The letters…

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