Decoration Day, or Memorial Day as it’s been known since the 1880s, is a national observance during which the graves of fallen soldiers are decorated with flags, wreaths and flowers in memory, honor and gratitude for their great sacrifice on behalf of this country.
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If you haven’t heard about Dominos’ latest ordering system, you are either over 30, dislike pizza delivery or live off the grid. If it’s the latter, you might want to reconsider, as it seems living off the grid is now a form of abuse. But before that last statement swirls up a storm of controversial comments, let’s get back to pizza delivery.
Twenty-five years ago this weekend, I graduated from NC State University. With the world at my feet, I promptly got married and began my first job as a newspaper reporter and morning radio show producer and co-host. The radio and newspaper — both owned by the same small company — operated out of one small, old building that reeked of cigarette smoke.
Some people are uncomfortable at the thought of doing things like touring a museum or going to the movies alone. A recent University of Maryland research paper suggests that people do not like the thought of being seen alone in public. It further suggests that we avoid being alone in public because we fear others might assume we have no friends.
It was a dark and stormy night. Well, actually, it was daytime. And it wasn’t really stormy. But it was rather dark and the rain was coming down at a considerable clip. I remember it well. There was a little squiggly pod from our oak tree stuck to the windshield wiper. It caused the wiper to create an annoying streak across my windshield with every pass.
Planning a wedding? Regardless of the event you have in mind, there is an easier way to get hitched. And it does not involve eloping, which anyone who has friends and family will want to avoid if they want friends and family in their future.
Beginning with just a card table and some blankets, an elaborate fort can be built. My brother and I used folding chairs and afghans to expand our play dwelling. Pillows, blocks and other toys were eventually worked into our elaborate architecture. These card table forts were typically built inside on rainy days.
Our relatives in the Midwest and Northeast are enjoying — and I say this with as much sarcasm as I can muster — a snowy, white Easter weekend this year.
My new job requires that I speak on behalf of the company. Typically, this would not be a difficult challenge. Public speaking is a skill I picked up while majoring in speech communications at North Carolina State University.
A box of macaroni and cheese is extremely inexpensive, especially if you have a coupon and the store is running a double or triple coupon value special. Such a scenario could provide you several free boxes of the food staple. As a protein-accessorized carbohydrate, it makes for a good side dish. Throw in a vegetable, such as broccoli, and you have a full meal.
My cousin posted a contest on my Facebook wall. A smile as I scrolled past would be my typical reaction. Except, it was a writing contest. And the grand prize was Center Lovell Inn, a bed and breakfast with views of the picturesque White Mountains.
Always the obsessively realistic child who colored cows brown and the sky blue, I was never all that into unicorns. They were not “for real,” so I did not give them much attention. When I went to the carnival, I wanted to win a real live gold fish, not a stuffed unicorn that made no sense to my overly rational brain.
Each of you who recently received sparkly, expensive diamonds that compelled you to say “YES!!!” might want to rethink your decision to accept that particular rock. I, too, grew up under the delusion that diamonds were a symbol of love’s strength — a solid foundation upon which eternal love can be built.
Thanks to the heart-shaped cardboard displays tripping us during our shopping excursions, Valentine’s Day is often considered a romantic holiday. But there is more to love than romance. I know, because I am married. And I have been for the millions of years it has taken us to mark our thirteenth anniversary.
In addition to columns and articles, I like to write books. Drafting a 100- to 200-page or longer manuscript is a challenge. Editing the draft is another tedious hurdle. Updating the manuscript with all of the edits, if you edit a hard copy like I do, is labor intensive.
One of the most frustrating chores of the technological age is upgrading cellular phones and service. I put it off for months past the viability of our phones just to keep my blood pressure down and my bank account intact. But alas, there comes that day when the device that has been obsolete for the past six months can no longer be salvaged.
The teams are selected. Well, that is assuming by the time you read this, the Patriots have not been eliminated due to lack of inflation or lackflation, if you will. Regardless of how the lackflation scandal pans out — I simply refuse to use “Deflatriots,” as it is a team-specific slur and I prefer to create a word that can be interchangeably used to put down any team that fails to pump its balls appropriately — I am quite certain two professional football teams will play a game on Feb. 1.
The bank, city hall, a pharmacy, a florist and a quick stop at the grocery store for Mom’s white wheat flour were on my errand list. It was 10:15 a.m. when I pulled out of my driveway. I expected to be back home before 11.
That I can click a print icon on my laptop while sitting in the sunroom and then hear my printer, situated in my office upstairs, wake up and print a document, is impressive. Wireless connectivity is a modern convenience those addicted to tech gadgets have come to rely upon for work and entertainment.
The debate rages on as some folks have already disassembled their tree and packed away ornaments. Others continue to enjoy their decorations, citing that Christmas began on December 25 and continues for at least 12 days.
Last call for 2014. If there was something you wanted to accomplish, somewhere you wanted to go, something you wanted to say or someone you wanted to see during the past 12 months, the time to do so is running short.
You can buy 12 for just under a dollar. If you want fancy flavors, colorful stripes and brand names, you might spend two dollars for a dozen. Their relatively inexpensive cost makes candy canes a popular holiday purchase.
This year’s box overflowed into a bag. Two bags, actually. After a flurry of wrapping and tagging, during which my dining room was temporarily transformed into a Santa’s workshop satellite office, the box and bags were filled to capacity. That’s the kind of day that puts me in the holiday spirit.
Sipping a little too much eggnog, lately? Sampling more cookies and pastries than usual? Licking chocolate-covered beaters regularly?
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