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The Beauty of Best Friends Over the Years

By Iris Ruth Pastor My first best friend lived next door and was eight months older than me. In our first grade class, she overpowered me to the point that a very wise teacher recommended that we be split-up in second grade so I could develop my own personality....

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Ode To An Ungrateful Child

By Iris Ruth Pastor The following was written over 30 years ago, at 4:00 AM – one of those times before daybreak when everything looks a little bleaker and a little darker than perhaps it really is. After reading my words over a few times in the days following...

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Boomerang Kids – Is This Really That Surprising?

By Susan Williams Boomerang kids, failure to launch, basement kids – these are just some of the terms being used these days to identify adult children still living at home with their parents. There are now approximately 31% of young adults (aged 18 to 34) living with their parents...

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10 Ways To Stay Happily Married

By Iris Ruth Pastor After the wedding bells stop chiming, how do you sustain the marital magic? After 39 years of being married to the same man, I’ve got a few ideas on keeping the spark burning and the affection flowing toward – not away from – each other....

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Memories of Everett and The Impact He Left

By Iris Ruth Pastor The first time I met Everett he was standing in my living room, painting the walls sage green. His paint can was resting on top of my new Oriental rug. I didn’t stop for introductions or admonitions. I headed straight for the phone and called...

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Springtime Cleaning – Turning Your Clutter Into Cash

Many baby boomers have closets, drawers, and boxes full of no longer used items and springtime is a perfect time to clean out these things and preserve what we want to keep and dispose of the things we no longer need. There’s also the added bonus of possibly making some money.

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