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The Dog Journal · 5d ago

RBG Workout Really Is

When January hit, I was feeling pretty self-righteous about my workout routine at the gym. “No New Year’s guilt trips for me!” I said. That was before I received a Christmas gift from my...
The Dog Journal · 1M ago

What’s Happening? Ask The Christmas Tree

As I extracted my pre-lit Christmas tree section by section from its overstuffed bag in the garage and dragged each piece into the living room, I had an epiphany of the non-religious kind. ...
The Dog Journal · 2M ago

Fashionista Training Wasted On Me

Briefly as a teenager, I lived in Texas. You would have thought that my time there, during the years most girls learn to shop and apply makeup, would have changed me for the better. I would ...
The Dog Journal · 2M ago

Info Overload? Take Good Notes

These days, it feels like random jewels of information are flying at me from all directions - on Facebook, TV, over lunch, in an elevator and always during those “find a buddy and walk” excu...
The Dog Journal · 4M ago

Echo Arrives Out Of -Uh- Necessity

Thanks to my Depression-era mom, I run every purchase through the same drill. Do I really need this? Or do I just want it? I can’t say it’s saved me a ton of money, but it sure has made me ...
The Dog Journal · 5M ago

Multiple Marriages Bring Multiple Perspectives

I couldn’t resist. After writing a (pretty bad) poem that spoofed the elaborate strategies for perfect eclipse viewing, I am myself headed to a spot two hours south of Portland, Oregon along...
The Dog Journal · 6M ago

Family History Buff? Try Pocket Edition

When you’re grounded with foot surgery, what could be better than a compulsive genealogy project? Chocolate, probably. Or binge-watching The Crown. Or ordering Pad Thai online. But I’m hap...
The Dog Journal · 6M ago

Fidget Spinner Outs Me

I like to think I have each of my grown children figured out and properly categorized: The wise, contemplative oldest. The never-knew-a-stranger sales guy in the middle. The sensitive, empat...
The Dog Journal · 7M ago

Bunion Surgery Squelches Errand-Running High

Everybody’s good at something. My personal best is jamming a dozen errands into an eight-hour day.
The Dog Journal · 8M ago

Spring Springs Fix-Up Rampage

It doesn’t take much. When I was 12, a new decal from the five and dime set me off. I charged into a cleaning, fix-it spree that turned my bedroom upside down and inside out with closet-clea...