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Monday, November 10, 2008 - 11:06am

A cannister sat in the garage. We added to its contents gingerly, wondering if black widows saw nesting possibilities among discarded household batteries.

We didn't know quite to expect last weekend when we hauled the batteries, expended fluorescent lights and dried acrylic paint tubes to Fresno County's semi-annual residential waste drop-off.

I knew "a process" was in hand. We'd answered a newspaper ad, been given an "appointment," received a blue-form to complete of what to/not to bring and even got a follow-up confirmation call.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 9:38pm

My husband and I took a ride on our motorcycles and caught lunch up at Bass Lake. When we left the Fresno area, it was sunny and warm. I suppose this time of year you shouldn't assume that things are as they appear in regards to the weather...especially when you are traveling "up the hill".

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 2:04pm

A "cutter" is a fastball that breaks slightly as it reaches home plate. Nasty, and hard to hit.  The other cutter, of course, is a surgeon.

Today, I could not name five members of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Nor could I name those who are assisting a cardiologist who's going to implant a pacemaker in one of my relatives.

But, once again, the Oakland A's are being used as a benchmark for the way that medicine ought to be practiced in a Wall Street Journal article focusing on developing cheaper, better care benchmarks.

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Monday, November 3, 2008 - 1:35pm

You see, we celebrated the marriage of my son and daughter-in-law on Sunday.

Three years ago, we received some of the most unsettling and heartbreaking news...our son was no longer going to be married. The news stunned all of us. We offered to have our son move back home, get on his feet and start life anew. There were times when we were distressed and unconsoled. Eventually he met a precious and grounded woman and they were married recently.

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Friday, October 31, 2008 - 9:53am

Buzz phrases drive me crazy. Here's a bunch I've recently heard as well as my buzz medication -- some politically incorrect redefinitions.

  • "Tax hikes are off the table." --- Everything's available for a price.

  • "We'll rely on wraparound services." --- Since my budget is shot, I'll find someone else's to raid.

  • "We'll talk with key stakeholders." --- We''ve already made our decision, so let's create a blame blanket for the consequences.