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Each month I post the progress of my New Year’s resolutions here as a means of holding myself accountable. The following are the results through the month of February. PERSONAL HEALTH 1. Don’t die. So far, so good. 2. Lose 20 pounds. I lost the two pounds that I gained in January plus one more…

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If you’re a cat lover or a book lover or a person who suffers from an ongoing existential crisis or simply a human being, Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant is a book that you will love as you possibly weep. My daughter, Clara, is named after a character in The Van Gogh Café – also…

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Behold the newly-revised Friendship Application 3.0. Friendship Application 1.0 is more than five years old, and Friendship Application 2.0 is three years old, so it was time for an update. There have been instances in previous years when it seemed as if someone in my life was on the verge of becoming a genuine friend.…

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