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The Dog Journal · 1W 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 · 2W 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 · 2M 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 · 3M 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 · 4M 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 · 4M 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 · 6M 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 · 6M 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...
The Dog Journal · 7M ago

Hard To Compete With Shimmer and Shine

I’m the first to admit that I’ve been a purist when it comes to young grandkids and their electronic devices. When the 3-year-old paid more attention to the Shimmer and Shine game on his iP...
The Dog Journal · 8M ago

Costa Rica: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

I hate to admit it, but I’m one of those people with a ready-fire answer to the question “What could possibly go wrong?” Weather unseasonably warm? There’s a storm on the way. Car won’t st...