Rise and shine, it is potato picking time!

Picking potatoes in color

It’s my birthday and I’m thinking about my roots today, which includes picking root vegetables in Aroostook County.

7 Safe indoor hikes because ticks and mosquitoes suck

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Something happened that heightened my fear of insect borne diseases and drove me to plan safe, indoor recreation. I’m sure you will agree these are ideas that can keep you moving in the safety of the great indoors.

Taking stock of my underperforming metabolism

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While others my have concerns about shrinking portfolios, I am facing a personal disaster that has more to do with inflation: I have an underperforming metabolism.

We skipped grocery shopping, saved money and didn’t starve

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How did we do when Patrick and I skipped a week of grocery shopping? This blog post chronicles our financial and culinary success.

The surprising birth of a lasting love

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Patrick and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. How did it all begin? I credit Jay Leno and the YMCA

In search of the perfect vanity plate

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I’m excited to have a new-er car, but even more excited about finding the perfect vanity plate for it. I considered many options and none of them were the right fit. Then I had an epiphany and I knew this was the right choice.

Floundering on the road to serenity

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I made a commitment to encounter more moments of letting go, secure in the knowledge I don’t have to try to control everything. How did I do? There were challenges, but I have hope I’m on the road to lasting change.

How to ace your physical exam

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How do I cram for my physical exam to ensure passing? Read this humorous rendition of how to breeze through this once a year ritual.

How to Write and Share Humor comes to Bangor as part of world tour

A Pine tree state welcome

When Donna Cavanagh announced that all royalties from her book “How to Write and Share Humor” would go to support Humor Outcasts, she didn’t foresee the launching of a world book tour. Shallow Reflections recounts the book’s fun stop in Bangor, Maine.

Business reacts swiftly to restrain employees

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A fake news story from The Onion prompted some ideas of my own as a follow up. What would happen if workers stood at their desks, walked out and never returned?