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    Surprise! It’s Your Birthday Party.

    My mother was adamant. No big celebratory birthday party just to acknowledge that she was turning 80. Don’t rent a hall and invite people who I haven’t seen or spoken to in years. Don’t post a party for my birthday…

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    Brrr! It’s Cold Outside!

    This January, the temperatures here in Northern Illinois have been registering in the teens and single digits. The other morning, for example, the “travel to school temp” hovered around the 5 degree mark. To me, having lived here all my…

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    The Christmas Cookie Collection

    Christmas cookies – those wonderful delicacies that we make for holiday celebrate. Sometimes those recipes are recorded on special recipe cards or found in special books, and they are rarely made any other time of year. I started my Christmas…