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There Are More Veterans in Your Family Tree Than You Think
If my dad gets a free hour, we can usually find him digging around on He loves it, and he's made some interesting discoveries along the way.
Pop is Navy Veteran that served in Vietnam, and he's learned that the other veterans in our family served in the Civil and Revoluti…
What Drives You To The Polls on Election Day?
Doesn't it feel good to vote?  I think it does. There are things that motivate us to get to the polls, besides the obvious opportunity to weigh in on the next four years.
The kids are talking about the election at school, and if Mama doesn't vote, they will be on my case!  What el…
This Early Voting Experience Was Smooth
Part of the idea behind early voting is to help us avoid long lines on Election Day, but early voting has become so popular that we sometimes hit long lines there too.
I think I may have discovered the best time of day to go, to avoid long lines. Oh, and I voted for...
My Halloween Decorations Won’t Win Any Contest
Good luck today with your office cubicle decorating contest.  You are rockin' those cob webs.
I have failed my children with my lack of Halloween decorations, so my 6-year old decided to take matters into her own hands and make something festive on her own.  And then the sprinkler syst…
Those Flirty Foghat Boys Still Got It
These guys were impressive on Saturday night at Rock the Square. Foghat has been mastering that slide guitar sound since 1971, and although band members have come and gone over the years, they keep finding talented guys to step up and they haven't lost any of that signature sound.
And one o…
Who Left A Chicken Bone In The Shopping Cart?
I found this while I was out running errands this week. Somebody apparently polished off a chicken wing and left the bone in the shopping cart.
What in the world?!  I have so many questions for this person.  Like, where are the rest of the wings?  No one can eat just one.
You’re Kicking My Butt with Pro Pick ‘Em
If you're involved in our Pro Pick 'Em contest in any way, chances are you're beating me.  Bad. And I don't mind one bit, because I want you to win big prizes.
That said, I didn't think I would perform quite this pitifully!  I blame the Saints.
Why Do We Dress Up For Halloween Anyway?
We carry around a secret inner desire to be Flo from Progressive all year long, and finally at Halloween we let her out!  Is that it?
The kids might have questions about Halloween, so I did some research to prep us.
Halloween Haunts My Pets
Dogs are so cool for tolerating our holidays.  The 4th of July is noisy and hurts their ears, and when Halloween rolls around they have to wear uncomfortable outfits and take humiliating pictures for our social media pages.
Halloween is the worst day of the year for my dogs.
A New Burger Idea For Your Labor Day Barbecue
If the 4th of July is the biggest grilling weekend of the year, Labor Day Weekend is not far behind.  If your family and friends can handle an alternative from the typical greasy burger, this is a tasty and impressive idea.

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