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4 Perfect Planners for Men Who Have Plans

U.S. Hwy 287 On a recent drive from Dallas to Amarillo, I was sitting in the passenger seat jabbering about life while my hubby sat behind the wheel doing all the work. Watching the road. Paying attention to the traffic. Keeping us safe. Do you know where Hwy 287 starts and where it ends? I asked him. These are some of life's most important questions, after all. Where highways start and end. "No, not really." That usually means he's thinking about it but he hasn't had the time to formulate an intelligent answer. Then, as is

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Beloved TV Shows That are Turning 50 This Year

From September 26, 1969 to March 8, 1974, at the age when a lot of us were reaching that memory-making point on the timeline of childhood, a new TV show became a regular part of our lives.

It was called The Brady Bunch.

And this year, the story of a man named Brady turns 50 years old.

Beloved TV Shows That Are Turning 50 This Year Experts say that kids' memories start to crystallize around the age of 10, making the former things a little harder to remember, and the things from that

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11 Birthday Freebies You Might Not Already Know About

Happy birthday!  If you enjoy celebrating your birthday every year when it rolls around, and you also love a good freebie, you're in good company.

August is my birthday month, and I'm all about stretching the fun out all month long. And, why not? It takes a while to take advantage of all these once-a-year birthday perks that come at absolutely no cost to me.

The birthday girl.

Yes, sirree, bub.

From coffee to dessert, these birthday freebies are guaranteed to make a

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5 Mother’s Day Gifts for Minimalist Moms

In most households, it's the mom who is charged with organizing the space. She's the one who has determined where things should live. But she's also the one who mostly decides how long those things get to stay. While decluttering isn't always strictly done by the lady of the house, many times it is, and that right there has turned a whole bunch of us into women known as minimalist moms. The Trend is Clear These days, it's pretty popular to downsize our junk and make more space for life, but the experts are quick to remind us

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5 Compelling Reasons to Visit a Church You’ve Never Been to Before

Several years ago, in the time between our 4th and 6th moves, I was speaking regularly to women's groups. The title of my talk had something to do with having crowned myself "The Queen of New Beginnings." I'm not bothered by that title at all.  In fact, it still fits, and I rather like it. For me, new beginnings involve a great deal of anticipated joy and a certain amount of adventurous excitement. In many ways, I've grown so accustomed to going with the flow that I hardly know what to do if I'm not navigating through a sea of

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A Visit to The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Begs a Question

What is it about flowers? That was the question my friend posed to the rest of our four-person yaya group as we tiptoed through the tulips at The Dallas Arboretum. Why, now that we're at this age and at this stage, do we love flowers so much? None of us had a great answer to that. It must have been the state of springtime stupor to which we had succumbed. Who could possibly think very hard at all when our senses were fastened on such flora and fauna? One after another, we slowly shook our heads and dreamily, softly, hardly

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An Unusual Evening at Shady Grove in Austin, Texas

*This post has been updated since it was first published,  and I've experienced a whole lot more of Austin since then. However, nothing has happened that has made me laugh any harder.  An Evening at Shady Grove No one has ever called me a dumb blonde.  From time to time, that shoe just almost fits, but I prefer the word ditzy.  I really feel like it's ok to be a little ditzy, and there can actually be some advantages to it. Ditzy blondes may not always understand ditzy blonde jokes; therefore, they are never really

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21 Compassionate Ways to Bless a Single Parent



National Single Parent Day affects over 14 million parents in the United States. My daughter is one of them. Single parents are near and dear to my heart. My mom was a single parent to me and my brother for several years, and our daughter has been raising the sweetest munchkin on the planet by herself for even longer. Nobody really wants it that way. It just is what it is. No two single-parent situations are completely alike, but one thing is likely the same in each and every instance.  The biggest concern

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Growing Old Gracefully (From a Man’s Perspective)

Growing Old Gracefully Means Exactly What? This subject of growing old gracefully has been on my mind a lot lately. Not only have I been contemplating how to do it, I've found myself really examining what it looks like if we wind up being able to claim we got it done. Better yet, would my friends, my family, and my coworkers say I'm a person who is growing old gracefully? Men Don't Talk Much About It When I decided to write a post on the whole subject of growing old gracefully, I suddenly found it quite difficult to pour all

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Celebrate National Pound Cake Day with a Prize-Winning Recipe

National Pound Cake Day? Hey, I’ll bite. Have you ever seen a hypnotist in action? Well, you know how it goes. He gets a willing audience into a hypnotic state that looks like some kind of deep sleep, then he deliberately and methodically instructs them exactly how they are to react when they awake. Example: When you wake up and hear the word “dog” you’ll bark. Pound Cake Has a Hypnotic Hold on Me Whenever I hear the words pound cake, I feel as though I must have been hypnotized to react in the same way every single

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