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Chatterbox: Learning sooner is better

On Nov. 2, 2006, Chatterbox talked about chaos. We discussed it with a new outlook. Chaos comes in two flavors: positive and negative. Both have to be dealt with and sorted out but, obviously, joyful …

Chatterbox: Of many issues

There’s something inherently wrong when rights and privileges, or access to certain basic necessities are denied to any particular group of people.All and any basic human equalities are …

Chatterbox: Where photos speak volumes

There is, for each of us, that time of day, hopefully, when we sit down with a pinch of time to burn, whether we’re too tired to do anything else or just need to wind down. I find myself surfing …

Chatterbox: Art imitating life

It’s no secret to anyone who ever watched the television series “Little House on the Prairie,” based on the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, that, happy or sad, not one episode ended with dry …

Chatterbox: A promise forward

Last week we mentioned that, sometimes, the cosmos tries to tell us something. For said cosmos, today was not a quiet day either; not at my house, anyway. There are always issues that make us want to …

Chatterbox: Selecting the storms

I’ve heard that the human brain remembers joy better than it does sadness or sorrow. The cosmos reminds me of that ... repeatedly ... (Sometimes, that cosmos yells a bit.). It’s not easy for any …

Chatterbox: Stacking the boat deck

Recently I saw the film, “The Boys in the Boat,” as adapted from the book.My husband, my granddaughter – who was a competitive rower at the time – and several family members read the book; …

As it happens around here once in a while, my holiday column was naughty, not nice, and veered off on its own. So, please enjoy the remix of this happy holiday memory: “This holiday season isn’t …

Chatterbox: No ribbons required

Just a few days ago, one of my daughters said a mouthful in a sentence. This Christmas she isn’t giving her children gifts; she’s giving them memories. Pretty simple, yet illuminating. My …

Chatterbox: Hanging out in the balance

Okay, so Christmas is coming and, as always, we all know it’s the biggest of the seasonal holidays, but we recognize ‘tis the season for almost all of us. It’s a time of reflection, family, …

Chatterbox: The hard and soft of sorry

Anyone who has spent any time of any consequence on this planet knows that life is weird. It’s got a learning curve to challenge the equator. We never learn everything we need to know to function …

Chatterbox: Stepping up to the microphone

Students around the world are educated in harmony with common sense. In this nation, we often fly in the face of it. For example, despite the evidence, and against science and personal preferences, …

Chatterbox: Fields of dreams

Some of what’s broken in America and around the world stays broken despite honest effort by those advocating goodness and fair play. Sometimes, it can’t be helped; other times, those with a …

Chatterbox: A waterfall from a mug

Chatterbox July 15, 2004 talked about what giving our time and attention to our little ones does for them in their lives. It talked about making memories. Well, several Chattercolumns have talked …

Chatterbox July 15, 2004 talked about what giving our time and attention to our little ones does for them in their lives. It talked about making memories. Well, several Chattercolumns have talked …

Chatterbox: No easy way

As usual, something happened, very recently, to give me a reason to discuss this ever-present, should be obvious, often avoided, and almost always misunderstood topic. Though we all know what year it …

Chatterbox: Listening to the quiet

There’s a lot to be said for “the quiet.” It’s special, yet so common, that we rarely notice its intense power over us. It accompanies a great many – and many great – things. Still, as …

Chatterbox: The calm after the storm

We all have days when everything just seems to go wrong, right? I used to call them my ‘drop it, spill it, break it days.’ It, somehow, makes us less frustrated if we just resign ourselves to …

Chatterbox: Can America work?

The question is hypothetical. I recently heard a gal, born and raised in Los Angeles who moved to Alabama, say she was warned by her neighbors about culture shock. Relocating to other parts of the …

Chatterbox: Down the rabbit hole

Many years ago, Chatterbox talked about a conversation I had with my son when he was in high school. He was complaining that we still had dial-up. (Remember dial-up? I loved the beeps, whirrs, and …

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