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The weird angle of this “selfie” I took with my camera in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park makes it appear my left arm is double-jointed. LISA BRAINARD/BLUFF COUNTRY READER
The weird angle of this “selfie” I took with my camera in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park makes it appear my left arm is double-jointed. LISA BRAINARD/BLUFF COUNTRY READER
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Monday, April 13, 2015 8:46 AM

Just as spring has presented good and not-so-good sides to us – I see that as the sunny, warm days contrasted with much colder, windy and snow threatening/hail producing days – I’ve been having ups and downs in “Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Land” this spring.

  • When I was browsing one of my favorite online markets recently, I stumbled across a journal that may provide the right forum for my thoughts.

     
  • Just as spring has presented good and not-so-good sides to us – I see that as the sunny, warm days contrasted with much colder, windy and snow threatening/hail producing days – I’ve been having ups and downs in “Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Land” this spring.

     
  • Food for the Neighborhood: Leftover eggs perfect for various kinds of deviled eggs

    A favorite pre-Easter event for my grandkids is coloring hard-boiled eggs at Grandma's house. It's a messy, tedious job, perfect for a grandparent's kitchen.

     
  • Bookworm Sez: New crime novel may cause  readers to lose control of time

    Deny no more. You’ve finally come to accept it: the future really isn’t in your hands. You have no control over others, either, which is the hardest lesson to learn. And certainly, in the new book “Endangered” by C.J. Box, there’s no control over who becomes victim of a crime.

     
  • On Easter Sunday we went to a concert. Some would say it was a church service, but to me it was a concert, and a wonderful one at that.

     
  • Last Friday morning, I swear I heard my toes screaming in protest as I put them back into socks and further smothered them by cramming them back into my winter shoes. After two days of warmer temperatures when they enjoyed breathing in the spring air through my strappy sandals, I opted to keep them warm rather than continuing to wear shoes that are more practical on 60-degree days than 40-degree days.

     
  • They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world — someone to love, something to do and something to hope for. I don’t think anything could be closer to the truth, and yet all too often we find ways of complicating things for ourselves. We look for happiness where it does not exist – in shallow goals and desires – in possessions, quick thrills and impressing the wrong people.

     
  • Visiting a state park provides a chance to kick back, return to Mother Nature, possibly walk in historic footsteps, and typically a whole lot more. Many times it also provides another opportunity – a welcome break from an overabundance of people and their annoyances and demands in our lives.

     
  • I had one of those stare out the window moments. Sometimes, it’s just the thing to do. Most of the world is out there somewhere. Daydreaming delights me and a window offers fascinating things well worth contemplating. Each gaze brings amazement. Each glimpse brings wonder. During this particular look, the signs of spring were outnumbered by the signs of March -- a March made of both winter and spring. Cold and snow prevailed. Spring could have been just a myth.

     
  • Bookworm Sez: Coffee table book a ‘real kick’

    You couldn’t resist. Last week, you bought a piece of art.

     
  • Moving into a different house is never predictable. It doesn’t matter if you think you looked it over really well, or how sure you were about where to put things.

     
  • Before I write anything this week, I need to wish my mother a belated happy birthday. While we celebrated with family on Saturday night, the actual day of her birthday, I had neglected to get something organized in time for last week’s paper.

     
  • The first time I roasted a chicken at a fairly high temperature, the house filled with smoke. The take-away lesson was maybe I should not have the oven so hot or that maybe I needed to clean the oven.



     
  • In fact, it often makes for cute video clips shared online at Facebook or Youtube. If I don’t share a cat video a day, something’s amiss. Yesterday, I saw and shared a new favorite – a cat swatting out pieces in the small, wooden tower of a Jenga game with its human . . . and having wonderful, laugh-inducing success.

     
Prom

In the United States the average family will spend $919 on prom - down six percent from last year. Do you think this is too much, too little or just right?




 

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