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Maude McDaniel - Living

Maude McDaniel - Living
  • Welcome the cicadas when they show up

    They’re beautiful. Honest they are. They look a little like earthbound Monarch butterflies, the same gold accents against a dark background., with a touch of white to set them off. Of course, they don’t fly like butterflies, exactly. But they have other things to do in their time above ground.

    June 1, 2013

  • Feed your memories before they’re used up

    Here’s what I’m worrying about this week: the modern pollution of early memory. Don’t get it? Well, that’s why I’m writing this article.

    May 18, 2013

  • The longer I live, the less I can tolerate

    The older you get the lower your tolerance level sinks. I may have written about these before, but nothing has changed so I’m going to try to change the world again.

    May 4, 2013

  • So many things she doesn’t understand

    At my age, I hate to admit it — but there is so much in this world that I — still — don’t understand.
    People who don’t care about Monarch butterflies, for instance.

    April 6, 2013

  • Each of us has our good and bad times

    Life is full of ups and downs — and that’s a good thing. Of course, most of us would prefer ups to downs, but life sees it differently, so we get our share of each. I remember two incidents in my past that balance each other — both happened in school, although I was a child for the one and an adult for the other. As I remember, I preferred the up to the down.

    March 23, 2013

  • Getting used to some things takes an effort

    Not too long ago I wrote a column oozing with self-control, in which I mentioned several developments in life that it wouldn’t kill me to get used to. In the interests of equal time, today I have to write about certain developments in this world that I doubt I will ever get used to .
    Like tattoos, for instance.

    March 9, 2013

  • Each of them found a Spot in her heart

    Inspired by the Westminster Dog Show, I decided to write about my dogs. You already know I have had eight of them but you tend not to know who they are so I will enlighten you. No column was ever wasted writing about dogs!

    February 23, 2013

  • It wouldn’t kill her to do it differently

    It’s taken me 80-some years to admit this, but, you know, there are some things I do that it wouldn’t kill me of if I stopped doing them one of these days.

    February 9, 2013

  • Here’s all you wanted to know about tails

    Okay, here’s something I have wondered about for a long time.
    Why do animals have tails?

    January 26, 2013

  • Never skipped? You missed something

    A friend of mine, whom I will call Jane because that is her name, and I were talking about what we did well as children. It was a short conversation. We only shared two physical traits as children, and one of them was that we didn't do anything very well at the time — especially physical-type stuff.

    January 12, 2013

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