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Because I am not employed and what I choose to do, and am able to do, is laid to the privilege of being retired, this column has been vacant for some while. It was the result of an extended illness, and the caretaking that resulted for my 93 year old mother. Add to that an illness that came to visit and limited my activities as well as interest in other things. All of this led to my finding ready excuse, no motivation, and an overwhelming sense of emotional fatigue, not to do or want to do much of anything. In other words, I found myself in the middle of the struggle to fight the fight and deal with the pain of letting go.This article is the result of my being aware that eventually a shift must occur and life's shape and function must adjust.


Labor, Delivery and Loss Forty-seven years ago tonight, I went into labor, preparing to deliver my beautiful baby girl. That childbirth labor would last 36 hours. I have always thought that long labor was her protest against what I was about to do… surrender her to strangers to adopt her and raise her as their [...]

Hampton Clean City Commission: YARDS winners named for April and May 2013

The Hampton Clean City Commission announces the winners in the YARDS (Yards Are Really Distinctive Showplaces) program for April and May 2013. Trained judges took into account 29 criteria in the evaluation process.  These yards are tops in beauty, proper maintenance, and environmentally sound landscaping practices, according to spokeswoman Debbie Blanton.

Safe Seniors: Tips to Help Keep Your Home Safe From Crooks

Burglaries Down, But Still Costly You may be comforted to know that burglaries are actually on a long-term decrease across the country. SecurityCompanies.com notes that, over four of the five previous years, burglaries have gone down in numbers. However, just because the numbers have decreased slightly in the long term doesn’t eliminate the risk. In [...]

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