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I remember when my co-worker told me he had to find a way to make a sweater outlandish and tacky in hopes of winning the ugly sweater grand prize (because it was a party, I’m pretty sure the prize came in a bottle or six-pack). We talked about how to make his thrift store find, which was alr…

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During the summer, I introduced my parents and sister to The Oregon Trail card game. On Thanksgiving, my parents were further brought into the world of gaming with The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food and Exploding Kittens.

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Disgusted. Offended. Concerned. Three words I can use to sum up the photograph taken the day of Baraboo High School’s prom where it appears boys are giving the Nazi salute while standing on the steps of Sauk County Courthouse.

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I had just come from grabbing some lunch Monday when I saw Stan Lee was trending on Twitter. At 95 years old, the man who brought some of Marvel’s beloved comic book characters to life had died.

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When PBS launched the Great American Read several months ago, I considered what book the public would select as the most beloved novel of all time. I knew what novels I’d be voting for but had no idea what other people would choose.

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Like a lot of people I know, I’ve signed a few Change.org online petitions. Most of the ones I’ve put my name on are related to protecting animals, but once you sign a few, you get regular emails from the website about other petitions available to support.

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It’s not you, it’s me. All right, so maybe it’s a bit of your fault, too. But it’s my decision and I’ll live with it.

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My knowledge of car maintenance doesn’t go beyond the basics. I can check my oil and other fluids; I know if there is a puddle under my car not caused by rain or melted snow, I’m leaking a fluid; I can check my tire pressure and fill it with air if necessary; and I know if the car starts to …

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I know, I know, two consecutive columns regarding books. But, I realized next week is Banned Books Week, and I wanted to get something out the week before and not of the annual week recognizing books that have been challenged or banned from schools.

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There are certain things I never leave home without – my keys, my phone and a collection of wallet-sized cards. My driver’s license is with me at all times, even if I’m not driving, just in case I need some type of identification. I grab my insurance card, because I want to be prepared if fo…

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A few weeks ago, one of my friends from high school got married in Africa with no family or friends present when they took their vows. They decided to host a reception Saturday at an appropriate location to go along with their decision to take a wedding safari – the Milwaukee County Zoo.

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You’ve heard of Plants vs. Zombies, right? I bet you haven’t heard of plants that are zombies, because it seems some seeds I planted last year have been resilient enough to rise from the dirt.

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In the past six weeks, I have consumed two cans of Mountain Dew. You might think it’s strange for me to announce this, until you read my next sentence.

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Like most people, I try to avoid the emergency room as much as humanly possible, because going to the ER means a major problem that could involve a broken bone, the need for stitches, a massive amount of blood or extreme pain. It’s not a place you want to end up.

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Last week, my can opener decided to become a can’t opener. I was opening a can of tomato sauce when the kitchen accessory decided it no longer wanted to work. It would open a section of the can, then stop cutting through the metal; I’d have to start over where I left over.

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I’m not much for super-stitions. If a black cat crosses my path, I’ll probably pet it instead of avoiding it; walking under ladders doesn’t bother me unless someone is using the ladder; and breaking a mirror just means needing to buy a new mirror. In fact, I consider 13 to be a lucky number.…

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During the annual family camping trip during the Fourth of July weekend, I started to think about how often we lock things to keep people from gaining access.

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I saw a Twitter post the other day where the writer said since becoming an adult, no one has asked him what his favorite dinosaur is.

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Wow. June just kind of snuck up on me, and I realized McFarland seniors are graduating this weekend, and Monona Grove seniors tossed their caps in the air last weekend.

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I’ve got the blues, the orange barrel blues, the road-construction-backs-up-traffic-and-makes-us-detour blues. (Insert harmonica solo.)

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Since 1949, May has been recog-nized as Mental Health Awareness Month. The purpose of the designation is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses.

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It’s probably not surprising that I am a fan of PBS. Like many of my peers, I learned from the characters of Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers and Reading Rainbow on the basics of learning, the importance of feelings and “you don’t have to take my word for it.” It was the network that would air “Ann…

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Spring has arrived, and for me, that means it’s time for allergies, coming out of social hibernation and receiving my tax refund.

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When the internet became something people were talking about in the early half of the 1990s, the biggest lesson everyone was imparting on youths was “be careful what you share because nothing is private.”

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Given the choice between spring cleaning and getting a cavity filled, I’d take the dental work. That is how much I dislike spring cleaning.

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My sister sent me a long Snapchat on Sunday regarding Easter, spe-cifically, where does the Easter Bunny get the eggs from. Because rabbits don’t lay eggs, does this mean there is a chicken involved in the holiday, she asked.

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I consider myself to be pretty average when it comes to what I’m afraid of. I’m afraid of heights (namely, what happens if you fall from them), having bats fly into my face (they carry some nasty diseases), being startled in the dark and snakes.

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I struggled to come up with a column topic this week. Some weeks I have so many ideas I have trouble choosing which one will be in the column. Unfortunately, I tend to forget to jot the excess ideas down, and the result is me staring at an open Word document wondering: What do I put on here?

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I can’t imagine driving alone without the radio playing. Having a working radio is actually one of the few prerequisites I had when looking to buy my cars.

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My friend’s son is in kindergarten, and he’s learning all of the things 5- and 6-year-olds should know, like coloring inside the lines, using an indoor voice, tying his shoes, printing letters, keeping his hands to himself and what to do in case of an active shooter situation.

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When I was growing up, TV shows were filled with families. Every network seemed to have at least one family who we tuned in to on a weekly basis. And now, the TV family I could relate to the most, is coming back next month. The Conners are returning to ABC as “Roseanne” becomes the latest sh…

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My dad refuses to text. Don’t send him a text, because he doesn’t know how to check it. He’s also adamant that you always answer your phone when he calls you. In the past, his voicemails have included the phrase, “Why do you have a cellphone if you don’t answer it?”

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I finally caved to the questions of “Have you watched ‘Stranger Things’?” while on vacation during the last week of December.

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It’s that time of year. Time to remember to start writing 2018 on official documents, time to write down New Year’s goals, and time to look back at 2017.

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If you have cable, you’re well aware of the dozens of Christmas movies that air between mid-November until Dec. 25.

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A couple months ago, I had the great idea to catalog all of my books using an app on my phone. I took every book from my two bookcases and scanned them into inventory. The app pulled in all of the pertinent information and organized the books into a tidy list that could be sorted by author, …

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Whether you like it or not, the day after Thanksgiving (and part of Thanksgiving Day) has become its own type of celebration.

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There’s never been any time I’ve wanted to be a police officer; it’s just not for me. Sure, it’s fun to watch the shenanigans of the “Police Academy” movies and “Super Troopers,” but I know that’s not an accurate portrayal of actual law enforcement. However, this doesn’t mean I have no inter…

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My brother and I went to the Foo Fighters concert in Madison last week. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I believe it actually happened, though the fact I was seeing the band in concert felt surreal during the show. When the show was announced in June, my brother posted on Facebook tha…

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For the last several years, I tend to think of the perfect Halloween costume the day of or a couple days after the holiday. And I never write the idea down for some reason; I probably give my memory more credit than it deserves — I sometimes go to the store to buy toilet paper only to come b…

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Did anyone happen to see autumn this year? It must have occurred at some point, and I must have blinked while it stopped by.