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MICHELE M. BENDER | Rocky times with kidney stones
Father Jim, a hospital chaplain, stood in my doorway. “Are you here AGAIN?”
MICHELE M. BENDER | Mum’s the word on Jan. 1
Who’s that?” my visitor asked, pointing at a picture. (I display a gallery of family photos in my hallway.)
MICHELE M. BENDER | Keep your shoes on
Parents love to tell and retell embarrassing stories about goofy stuff their now-adult children did as tykes.
My mom often described the Sunday evening she walked into our living room and discovered me biting my toenails while watching “Meet the Press.”
MICHELE M. BENDER | The flock is filched
“It’s probably time to put the yard flamingos away,” suggested my friend Leanne.
Out of ‘wac’ with in-laws
I’ve always lucked out with in-laws. I especially enjoyed “Pa Bender.” He reminded me of Wilford Brimley, but not as gruff.
MICHELE M. BENDER | What’s in a name?
My friend Leanne will become a grandma for the second time very shortly.
“Have your daughter and son-in-law selected names?” I asked.
MICHELE M. BENDER | Adventures at rehab
On a bright sunny day last August, my walker, wheelchair and I arrived at a local rehab facility.
MICHELE M. BENDER | Adventures in therapy
For the past 10 years, I’ve struggled with a handicap. You’ve heard the saying “Use it or lose it,” referring to strength and fitness. I spent most of last spring and summer stuck in a hospital bed. By August, I was the “poster child” for atrophy.
MICHELE M. BENDER | Refrigerator sharing breeds chilling tales
We called my Aunt Ethel’s refrigerator “Jaws.” Food went in but seldom emerged recognizable.
Ethel grew up during the Depression and hated to discard anything.
MICHELE M. BENDER | Ghosts of Christmas ads past
They’re back! Hard Rock, CoCo and Joe, Frosty the Snowman, and, my peronal favorite, Suzy Snowflake, have returned to delight us with their nostalgic black and white magic.
Do you know the best thing about those entertaining little animations? They’re NOT SELLING ANYTHING!
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