A lump of coal…and a warm hearth

Ever had someone threaten to give you that in your stocking? Or perhaps you’ve threatened to give it instead. That’s what my grandparents used to tell us Santa would bring for naughty little boys and girls – nothing but a great, ugly lump of coal. It had special meaning to us. To most kids, the…

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The things I do for pictures!

Though I’m not the world’s greatest photographer (far from it!) part of my job often involves taking pictures of events I’m at. One thing I’ve learned is the best shots are those that are a little, well… unusual. For the purposes of my job, it’s all about the angle – and I’ve gotten into some…

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Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like…

I have this addiction to those “irresistible headline” things. It all started when I began checking the Snopes site because of all the hoax e-mails. I would dutifully go check it out, then reply back to the ridiculous e-mail with the Snopes link. Then I discovered the “Daily Snopes” section, a collection of fun, silly…

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I had a muffin pan here somewhere…

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’m a damn good cook and baker. I can pull off a full Thanksgiving meal for 12 without batting an eye – and without much thought or planning. The kitchen is no big mystery to me. (So it’s doubly funny when I screw up… At least…

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Daisy T.C.T.B.M.B.F.H. stars in – Master’s Shadow

We recently attended a wedding out in the middle of the desert. And yes, I mean out in the middle – it was six miles off the paved road, okay? The dog was invited. Yes, that would be Daisy, The Christmas Tree Ball Munching Boxer From Hell. Supposedly, the Dog is “mine” – as in,…

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