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Glazer: You have to do what you can

My grandmother was a pragmatist. She grew up poor and worked hard all her life. The only time I ever saw her pause from her sweeping, cooking, cleaning, scrubbing or sewing was when Live Atlanta Wrestling came on TV. She had no patience with anyone, mostly me, who tried to tell her those monumental battles of good vs. evil were staged. It was, as she put it, "just as real as roller derby."

December 14, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: A hard lesson in Web treachery

I didn't just fall off a turnip truck. I've been using a computer for well over 20 years. I've been selling on eBay since 1997. That was about the same time the Beanie Baby craze hit.

November 30, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: A purple tribute to a brave girl I never met

I never met Summer Dale. In fact, I've never met her father or stepmother, Al Dale and Cynthia Gentry. I've heard of Al, of course. He's the Hall County boy who for almost 20 years was a correspondent for ABC News. I'm not sure what Cynthia does but it involves travel to exotic places like Croatia. I suspect the two of them are always the most interesting couple at any cocktail party.

November 16, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: Storm’s approach turbulent to distant parents

When our daughter, Molly, decided to attend graduate school in Baltimore, I viewed her choice as a mixed blessing. The two top contenders were Baltimore Hebrew Institute and Hebrew Union College. The HUC program involved spending a year in Jerusalem and two years in Los Angeles. In contrast, Baltimore seemed right around the corner.

November 02, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: A ‘Rosa Parks’ moment for equal pay

It's called a Rosa Parks moment. It's that instant, an epiphany almost, when a person realizes that they've taken all they intend to take, that they're at the point where they will not, cannot back down. It's that juncture where average, everyday people become extraordinary. And sometimes they make history.

October 19, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: Election doesn’t need zingers; it needs voters

Wednesday night, my husband and I watched the presidential debates. Then we watched the half hour of commentary that followed. I was struck by how disappointed those news professionals appeared. Several mentioned that there were no "zingers" in the debates. Is that what it's come down to? Zingers and sound bites?

October 05, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: Laboring through a day of made in the USA

It all started with my friend Joan's Facebook post. It read: "This Labor Day, let's salute American corporations for keeping the Chinese gainfully employed."

September 07, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: Rally in red Saturday to support local libraries

When I got up last Wednesday morning and logged onto the Times' website, I'd planned on skimming through the election results and then heading off to work. Then I saw the headline: "Library system cuts hours, closes on weekends."

August 24, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: School shopping ritual, like the kids, has grown up

My friend Annabelle's grandson started pre-kindergarten this week. On Facebook, his mom posted a picture of him on his first day of school. Hunter looks impossibly tiny in his car seat. He smiles confidently at the camera while there, in his lap, lies a flannel blanket. It resembles the one Linus carries in the "Peanuts" cartoons.

August 10, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: Shelter’s ‘lucky dogs’ were anything but

When my friend Wanda's father died, she was faced with the hundreds of tasks that come with settling an estate. One of her first priorities was to find homes for his two dogs. The difficulty was compounded because Wanda lives and works in Charleston and her family home is in Cleveland.

July 27, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: Rite of passage brings sadness

I didn't expect it would make me so sad. After all, we were simply packing up the trophies from the mantel. High school graduation was over and Rachel had one gloriously free week before beginning her summer job as a counselor at a sleep-away camp. There was so much to do.

July 13, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: What's missing in bus video? A grown-up to take control

We've all seen the video. Ten stomach-turning minutes of four middle-school-aged boys relentlessly taunting an elderly bus monitor. The language was brutal and vile; the glee that greeted her increasing distress was horrifying.

June 29, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: Life without books, music is ‘eh’

I've always loved libraries. One of my earliest memories is of the afternoon my father sat me down for a little talk prior to my first foray as a bibliophile. I remember how he told me to always whisper; people were reading and they shouldn't be disturbed. Then we practiced whispering.

June 22, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: 12 million reasons to spay, neuter

We've never gone looking for a cat; they've always found us. Tovah, along with her four siblings, was delivered to our door by a starving mama cat. Louie was taken in when no one else would step up to adopt him. Jack and Sparky simply appeared at my shop, hungry and flea-infested.

June 08, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Glazer: Beware of many juiced-up claims

Caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware.

May 25, 2012 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

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