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June 18, 2018
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Hershey Nuggets: A surprising Memory Aid

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman My mother’s memory technique would never work in our house. She uses a kitchen table candy dish filled with dark chocolate Hershey Nuggets for more than maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. If she wants to remind herself to take the trash out to the street, she sets one nugget on the table. […]

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My News Addiction

My News Addiction By Lisa Batten Kunkleman Okay. It’s confession time. I need to explain why my housework is more Oscar than Felix, my fridge contains six-day-old rotisserie chicken carcasses, and supper may be breakfast food again. I need to admit the reason I haven’t published a book isn’t lack of fodder or writer’s block. […]

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Aging Breeds Patience to Deal With the Unexpected: The Unexpected Can Be Wonderful

  By Lisa Batten Kunkleman   If there’s one thing my husband and I are learning from aging, it’s patience. We’ve learned to take things as they come and work around inconveniences. To adjust plans. Fretting and freaking out over life’s interruptions serves no purpose except to turn a person into unpleasant company. Our latest […]

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Pre Speech Aphasia Comedy Storytelling: Daddy Was a Talker and Would be 93 Years old Today

Goldilocks and the Seven Dwarfs Meet Rudolph With the Big Red Snout By Lisa Batten Kunkleman Before strokes and who-knows-what caused speech aphasia leaving Daddy (Papa Carl) with only about twenty-one words, he was a funny fellow. Downright embarrassing to his wife and kids at times with his humor. He liked to watch us squirm. […]

July 16, 2016
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What’s in Your Drawers?

  By Lisa Batten Kunkleman “I found five clippers and got stuck twice by the same pushpin while searching for one paperclip in your top desk drawer. I took the change for pain and suffering.”   These are the words my husband texted to me while I vacationed by a lake. He included a photo […]

June 30, 2016
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The Good Old Days of Tanning

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman Dang, it used to be fun in the sun. Life was simpler when we could tan all day and our only worry was getting a sun burn. Yes, sunburn hurt, but it was usually worth it. There was no mention of skin cancer back then so ignorance was bliss. Our skin […]

June 24, 2016
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Computer Passes out Eating Too Many Cookies

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman My computer keeps passing out from sheer OBD. Overloaded brain disorder. I have that too. Media files are likely at the root of the problem, since I take way too many photos and videos. I set out to move the dozens of band, chorus, track, dance, and church youth group videos […]

May 25, 2016
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I Just Realized I’m Old

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman “Lisa I just realized I’m old. How did that happen?” Mom says.   I say, “Beats me. You may be up there chronologically but you sure don’t act it. You and Betty White are ‘Da Bomb Diggity’.”   Today is Mom’s birthday. Number eighty-something. Unbelievable. She can’t believe it either. If […]

April 24, 2016
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No More Statins for Me or Don’t Disregard Muscle Weakness if Taking Statins

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman (Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I’m a patient with thoughts, opinions, and some intelligence and unfortunately, tons of experience  when it comes to health.) Has your life or that of someone you know changed dramatically since starting to take statins? Mine certainly did and not for the better. You […]

October 30, 2015
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The Empty Nest: Lots of Fluttering Lisa Kunkleman

Our “empty nest syndrome” isn’t what I expected. Not only is it empty of kids, recently it’s been empty of adults too. We’re running back and forth to the kids’ universities nearly every weekend for something. Mainly to football games, which I suppose is understandable since we purchased season tickets for both schools. How could […]

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