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Family Time, by Diane Chase

Good mud

When my daughter began hiking, my husband and I had limited goals. We wanted her to enjoy herself. I ensured her shoes were comfortable and her pack was light. She picked out her clothes and carried her juice box and snack while we had all the gear. It was peaceful going for most of the time. ...

Finding our place in history

History is a quirky bit of business. History is a story about the past and not the actual events. The distinction is that the past itself can’t be retrieved — just the recordings, documents and research of each event. There is no way to preserve all versions of history. Each person’s ...

Top of the food chain

My children often asked if I could be any animal, what would I be? Their answers ranged from the smallest insect to the largest predator. Where they wanted to land on the food chain depended on their circumstances. Did they want to hide? They would become a chameleon, changing color to suit ...

Allergic to Pumpkin Spice Season?

I’m going to put all the emotions out there. I’m protesting pumpkin spice season. I remember a time when it was known as autumn. It was the time to break out cozy sweaters, pick apples and watch the changing leaves. It was idyllic. Then in 2003, Starbucks bulldozed the public with the first ...

The daily ‘Have Done’ list

We live in an old house, own old cars, work numerous jobs and are responsible for younger and older people. It’s a cauldron of tasks where the most eminent duties take precedent. It’s common sense. We complete tasks and start new ones. We try to layer the maintenance and house projects ...

Reading beyond the headline

I was going to make the headline for this column something utterly unrelated like “A Golden Globe nominee neighbor” or “When Your Child Steals Your Car,” but then I came to my senses. I don’t need to conduct social experiences to know that people should read beyond the headline to ...