With one slip of the tongue, I'm afraid I've damaged my standing with some of the teenagers I've gotten to know while attending my nephew Tyler's high school baseball games. All I did was admit to Emmy that I had never heard of the Jonas Brothers.
Daylight saving time started overnight, and if you haven't sprung your clocks forward one hour, put the newspaper down. You're late for church. I actually like the end result of daylight saving time. That extra hour of daylight at the end of the day, just as the days are getting longer, means we can do more leisurely things than we can do in the winter, when the days are naturally shorter.
The high school girl reached the door about a half-step ahead of me. But she didn't reach for the door. She waited. I quickly realized she was waiting on me to open the door for her.
I've done a lot of nice things over the years for Glory, the black and white springer spaniel who lives at my house. I allow her to sleep in my bed. I let her sit next to me on the sofa and I scratch her belly while we watch ESPN. I buy her gourmet dog treats and expensive toys that squeak when she chews them.
My mother called the other night with a question. "Miss Sherry, Miss Margaret and I have been sitting here talking and we want to ask you a question," she said.
I'm not sure my grandmother ever forgave the Coca-Cola Co. for New Coke. I know she never forgave them for discontinuing those six-and-a-half ounce glass bottles.
Every so often, people like me who use computers have to delete files or burn them onto a CD to free up space on their hard drive because the hard drive has gotten full. If only I could do the same thing with my brain.
I have a friend from Ohio who loves to tease me about the small town where I grew up. She called a few weeks ago to tease some more. "I just saw one of those California milk commercials," she said. "The cow on that commercial has to be from your hometown."
My fellow Americans, good morning. I come to you this day to deliver my first State of the Column address.
If I didn't know better, I might actually begin to believe youngsters today have absolutely nothing to do and, thus, lead very boring lives. I might also believe that school is an excruciating waste of time. I base these beliefs on actual conversations with young people, namely my 9-year-old niece, Hunter, and some of her friends.
Like millions of other Americans, I watched last Tuesday as President-elect Barack Obama gave a stirring victory speech. He talked about America being a place where all things are possible, where the dreams of our founders are still alive. Yet that wasn't the part that moved me the most. No, I was most excited by his promise to his young daughters that they would get a puppy to accompany them to the White House.
Because I know that I can't keep my New Year's resolutions, I'm not making any for myself this year. But I am making one for Glory, the black and white springer spaniel who lives at my house. She's going to lose weight in 2009.
Why all the hate? Perhaps I'm being too idealistic. Perhaps I've watched too many reruns of "The West Wing." As we head to perhaps the most important Election Day of my lifetime on Tuesday, I wish we'd all spent more time pressing the candidates to answer the hard questions about how they'll lead this country.
I got one of those family portrait Christmas cards in the mail this year from Mrs. Janet and Doc.
I couldn't help but laugh when I read that Ringo Starr has told his fans that he didn't want to get any more mail from them. No letters. No objects to be autographed. No nothing.
Mere minutes after a teenage terrorist had been captured, Bostonians poured into the streets and cheered – cheered! – the police and firefighters who had ended the terror.
The government has been getting its grubby little paws into your paycheck every two weeks for the last year, and now it's ready for you to give more.
I often get asked how Glory, the black and white springer spaniel who lives at my house, and I got together.
I sometimes have a hard time sleeping, so I do what a lot of people suffering from insomnia do. I turn on the TV.
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