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Thank Goodness for Commercials
Archie Bunker said TV commercials are the way people learn things. How would women know what to do with those feminine products? Or what cereal to buy? Or what shampoo to use for silkier hair? Without commercials we'd miss out on all those two for one bargains, like the magic leg brace that fixes back problems, or those copper studded gloves that are "so cute" you can wear them anywhere. It's true that commercials are informative, educational, and repetitive...
Two Great Presidents
You can know a man by the pets he keeps. That really isn't a famous saying, It's just something I made up. But the kind of pets we keep do tell something about us. This column will deal with the pets of two of our past presidents. Since we have just recognized Presidents Day honoring Abraham Lincoln and also George Washington, I've decided to zero in on their pets...
A Valentine Message
She was hopping mad. He had forgotten their anniversary; no present, no acknowledgement. They had been married some 35 odd years. So she confronted him. He was contrite. So he went out into his workshop and found an old Valentine's Day card and presented it to her...
A Short Life, Well Lived
There are many ways to evaluate or judge a solitary life, but there is no question that we often are way off base in what could be called the essential metrics. Ryan Rogers, 11-year reporter and sports editor for the Clay County Times-Democrat, was indeed very successful in what may be termed the traditional standards of measurement. ...
Men Are Different
Man is an enigma, too. I was married to one for 35 years. He never totally understood me, nor I him. But, as the story goes, after several years of marriage, we became as one. We could almost read each other's thoughts. He could finish a sentence that I had started...
Not Too Old To Learn
One is never too old to learn. I am convinced of that every day. Just today I learned what a smash cake is. I'd never before heard that term. But I'm told that it is a miniature cake that accompanies a larger cake at a birthday party for the very young...
My New Years Resolutions
How're you doing with your New Year's Resolutions? I'm doing good. I vowed to quit smoking. That one is easy since I've never smoked. Then I vowed to lose down to 135 pounds. That's another easy one since I don't weigh that much yet. I believe that it is best to list a couple of resolutions that are attainable, rather than a long list of impossible goals...
The New Year, 2015
The old year ends with the Christmas celebration of the newborn Christ Child. The new year is at hand and probably the happiest person about that is Santa. He's just winding down from a hectic Christmas and he's ready for a leisurely winter nap. All those cookies are taking a toll, too. He must have put on 20 pounds or more on Christmas Eve...
The Christmas Fruitcake
Christmas is here, not looming in the distance. Presents are wrapped, plans are made for the holiday meal, Special Christmas parties are ending, including candlelight services and Christmas socials at churches, plus other events. Little children wait anxiously for the arrival of Santa on Christmas eve. They can almost hear the reindeer on the rooftop as he delivers wonderful gifts and surprises...
The Angel Hair Tree
It was Christmas in rural Indiana. My children were excited as Christmas day drew near. My three-year-old son wanted a red riding tractor. My seven-year-old daughter wanted a ballerina doll. We were a long way from our family and the place we called home in Southeast Missouri. But this holiday there was no money for a trip back home. Nor could my husband get leave from the military base where he was stationed. So we tried to make the best of it...
Figuring Out a Woman
It seems to me that men ought to understand women by now. Women have been around since Adam and Eve, maybe before. And they haven't changed that much. When a woman asks a man if she looks fat in a certain outfit, she certainly doesn't expect him to say, "Yes." That would be near fatal. When Eve asked Adam if her fig leaf made her look fat, do you for one minute think he said, "Yes."...
The White Room
Peggy is off this week, so we feature one of her "Best of Peggy" columns