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   Okay, friends and relatives, it’s the end of September and another birthday is here. Mine. (Yes, I realize my hinting technique is not subtle.)
    What I want to do about it, or not do as the case may...

   I changed my voice mail message this morning, announcing my return from “cloud nine” and my intent to attend once again to all things sporting.
    When Debbie Salmon asked on my penultimate...

   “For India’s Children, Philanthropy Isn’t Enough.” The article in The Times caught my eye, and dozens of memories leapt to mind, each a vivid snapshot from one of five visits to that faraway land.
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   People don’t throw things along the side of the road the way they used to. This is a good thing; nobody really likes to look at litter.
    That wasn’t quite the case when I was a kid growing up on...

   I was thoroughly puzzled when my husband, Chris, came home one night recently carrying a gigantic bag full of lima beans. He launched into a story about how his father had brought home unshucked limas once a year, and how —...

   A friend of mine who has a friend in Vegas who’s a bookie told me an interesting story the other day.
    He said his bookie friend had said that if Romney and Ryan win, my friend should pay for his...

   Many of my 1,214 Facebook friends have told me that they wish their lives were like mine, and I agree, I wish my life was like mine, too — as it appears on Facebook. Days are filled with beach walks, boating, and hula hoops,...

   My son, Ellis, and I spent a few minutes one afternoon this week gathering great handfuls of eelgrass and making a quick pile of it after Saturday’s hard northwest wind pushed long lines of the stuff on the bay beach near our...

   Amid all the acrimonious and confusing debate about health care as election rhetoric rises to a fever pitch, one fact is indisputable:
    Medicaid “is the only safety net for millions of middle-class...