A Mexican root canal and other vacations from hell

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As winter descends here in Maine and some of us begin to dream about getting away to someplace warm, I find myself recalling some memorable vacations in the past. And by “memorable” I mean they sucked. Loco with tooth pain When we lived in southern California, Hubs and I flew down to meet friends who […]

On learning that I’m “half-Jewish”

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I didn’t learn my birth father’s identity until I was in my mid-twenties, and it was a shocker on two counts. First, while I’d never met him in person, I’d grown up knowing his name because he was a realtor whose “for sale” signs appeared around my hometown. Plus, one of his younger sisters had […]

Giving thanks for what I don’t have

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There’s no Norman Rockwell-esque, happy-family-gathered-around-a-bounteous-feast scenario in my Thanksgiving memory bank. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot to be grateful for, however. In fact, I’d start my gratitude list with the fact that this year, it’s just my husband and me and a 10 lb. turkey getting together for the holiday. Here are […]

Got pot? Baby boomers, bongs and bones

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Now that the recreational use of marijuana is legal here in Maine (or will be once the newly passed law takes effect), fess up, fellow baby boomers: Did you smoke pot in high school? Do you still partake? I’ll confess: I smoked occasionally in high school and college (yes, I inhaled); I even bought my […]

Songs you might not want to hear at the doctor’s

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Picture this (well, you ladies of a certain age, anyway): you’re having your annual mammogram. You’re standing there half naked, with one of your boobs squished flat, holding your breath while the tech zaps it with radiation. Then, the piped-in music—part of the imaging facility’s efforts to enhance the patient experience—begins to play Firefall’s 1976 […]

Overheard at my 45th high school reunion

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I had the pleasure of attending—and helping to organize—my 45th high school reunion this past summer. It was a blast to reconnect, reminisce and catch up on what and how classmates from the Brunswick Class of 1971 are doing. As someone remarked, when we were in high school there were various cliques—like the jocks, the […]

No! Cracker Jack discontinues toy prizes

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Say it ain’t so! I recently read that Cracker Jack—the sweet-salty snack hailed as America’s original junk food—is replacing the iconic mystery prize found inside each box with stickers bearing digital codes for “baseball-inspired mobile experiences” (aka online games). WTH? I understand companies must evolve to keep up with changing customer needs and wants, but […]