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Leftovers: When Does Joy Turn to Obligation?

By: Lisa Batten Kunkleman Leftovers: When do they move from being joyful endulgence to  another holiday obligation? Are you over the leftovers yet? Does your fridge need a diet or a full-on cleanse? Does your dishwasher need a vacation? How to ensure all the food gets eaten the week after Thanksgiving is a conundrum for […]

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Mammogram: Have You Treated Yourself Lately?

  Hey ladies? Have you had your annual mammogram yet? How long has it been? Do you have a personal checklist? A to do list for taking care of yourself? I do. I’ve timed it for the end of summer as if I’m getting ready to go back to school. Why then? I used to […]

May 23, 2020
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Dancing Cheek to Cheek is Different These Days

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman I saw my mother the other day. Yes, during quarantine, we saw each other. It’s different and distant and yet, it’s better than not seeing her at all. When I walked in her back door she immediately said, “Here’s your air hug,” as she did her twisty hug-herself dance. She and […]

April 10, 2020
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Is Stay-at-Home, Social Distancing Order Easier for Some Than Others?

Can life experience, interests, and personality affect how one deals with being told to stay at home and socially distance? I wonder if it’s easier for the following people to deal with the stay-at-home orders than some others? Just pondering. A person who has most everything needed for survival, like shelter, food, medicine, power, money, […]

April 1, 2020
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Pandemic Care Package for Our Daughter

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman Never, ever did I expect to be mailing our 23-year-old daughter a care package during a pandemic. But here I go. Thank heaven for the postal service still being an option.  The used mailing envelope I stuffed is available thanks to my compulsion for keeping such things, just in case. I […]

March 10, 2020
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Procrastinating or Saving the Landfills?

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman A prime example of procrastination involves my To Do List that I didn’t do. In addition to not writing, I did not make the phone calls on my list, nor do the online banking. I didn’t go to Lowes for longer cabinet knob screws, nor take the cat to the vet […]

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Chewing Dogs Pretend They’ve Outgrown It: Don’t Believe It

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman I saw my shoes by the front door when I left the house for writing class. I thought to myself, Tucker, our sweet grand dog seems to have outgrown his chewing phase. I won’t be gone long. Surely they’ll be fine. Yeah right. I am such a sucker for some big […]

July 5, 2018
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Shelling Out Wisdom From the Beach: Hints for writers, parents, or anyone who enjoys playing

  By Lisa Batten Kunkleman   As a writer and parent, I know the importance of inspiration for new ideas. For me, nature and especially the beach are where my five senses heighten like hair standing up in gooseflesh. Thoughts flow in faster than I can put them into long-term memory. Taking photos helps me […]

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Clutter, Collectibles, and Critical Keepsakes: Barriers to Clearing and Controlling the Chaos Even With an Empty Nest

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman Today, while clearing some space on a bookshelf over-stuffed like me in Spanx, with photo albums, baby books, and home movies, I discovered an unlabeled, black three-ringed binder. Opening the notebook, I was pleasantly surprised and reminded of how organized I have always tried to be. Especially when paperwork is involved. […]

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Seizure Assistance Dog Is Ready and Waiting for Our Friend’s Son Zachary: Zachary Must Be Trained First and It’s Very Costly

Shared By Lisa Batten Kunkleman Meet Zachary Robert Coger!  Zachary is in need of a Mobility Assistance Dog. We are so excited and honored to be chosen by 4 Paws for Ability to begin our journey to provide Zach with the best possible tools we can to succeed in life! Zachary is our miracle baby.  […]

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