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I RELY ON THE LESSONS OF RUDOLPH THE REINDEER

It was only the second day back to school after Spring break, and I overslept. I was told that the postage to ship my cds would be one dollar and fifty-six cents, so I bought fifty, dollar stamps, and one hundred, twenty eight cent stamps. Later I found out from the post office that the postage would be one dollar and fifty-one cents. I proudly made sixty copies of my beautiful Spring themed ping-pong party...
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If Things Had Gone Differently

I was just talking to my high school math teacher on the phone. She lives in Massachusetts, where I was raised. She says Obama is in Framingham, That’s right beside my home town of Sudbury, and more importantly, it’s just a stone’s throw away from Natick, where I worked as a hostess at Bickford’s Pancake House. What I wouldn’t give to greet President Obama with a stack...
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CONSUMER SPENDING IS UP

Consumer spending was up 0.3% in February, and guess what, that was the month my daughter and I went backpacking in the mountains. I spent a ton of money on equipment. Honestly, .15% of the increase may have come from my trail mix investment alone. Hold your thanks. I embarrass easily. Spring break for my kids started officially today. Why do we have Spring break? Isn’t it so that the children...
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PART 1

My son plays cello in the orchestra in middle school, and he also takes private drum lessons. My middle daughter, who I forgot to tell you in my last piece, just turned sixteen, has played the violin for seven years. And my oldest daughter took piano lesson for a couple of years, and sang in the chorus at school for a year or two. Every time I take one of them to a lesson at a music school I find a...
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SIXTEEN CANDLES

Yesterday was my daughter Alley’s birthday. I’ve read a lot of sappy Facebook postings by mothers, on their kids’ birthdays, about how their lives changed when their little angels came into the world. I’m happy for them. My daughter screamed for seven months. It changed my life. When I turned sixteen, all I felt was inadequate, because there are so many songs about it. My lips...
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