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Family Time, by Diane Chase

Death comes to us all

I just spent a weekend celebrating the life of a friend. It wasn’t a funeral, as he had passed over two months ago. This service was more of a wake without the formal ceremony. Since the family members were located so far away, it was easier for this celebration to take place when rules ...

Invasive species is food for thought

Native vs. invasive is a necessary conversation as I continue to eliminate the bishop’s weed from the side of my yard. This look-alike, Queen Anne’s lace, came out of nowhere. It can’t have the common courtesy to plant itself in an easily accessible location. It worms its way through ...

Being the good neighbor

A recent study shows that if you don’t think you have any bad neighbors, you may actually be the bad neighbor. I speak and live this from experience. A few years ago, my husband explained a teaching seminar where the speaker delved into the philosophy of looking at one’s own behavior before ...

Learning what not to do

Years ago, during my carpool days, I drove my children and their friends to numerous activities. Since most children don’t have a filter and think they’re in a self-driving car, I could overhear conversations. I wouldn’t interject my opinion unless the conversation veered from reality ...

The Borrowers

We all know those people, the Borrowers. The people who borrow something but then forget to give it back. Those pesky people who keep forgetting to return someone else’s belongings but then have somehow incorporated the stuff into their permanent collection. When a favorite sweater goes ...

Clearing out the clutter

I easily get overwhelmed with clutter. The paper, school projects and work edits take up a lot of space. I want to push the blame off on the other family members, but I manage to produce quite a mess all on my own. For some reason, my office is the first place where a box of unknown origin ...