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Happy birthday to my dear, long-suffering, mother. She has lung problems, she has husband problems (the guy acts like me!). But she takes Stoic suffering to new heights, bolstered with a moderate amount of wine and a solid Christian faith. She’s a good Mom, though my wife (good-naturedly) insists I was spoiled and still am. Perhaps, but only a testament a mother’s affection and, so far, the effects haven’t been tooooo bad. Happy birthday, Mom.
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I guess I’ve had my head in the paddy. There’s a rice shortage? I would’ve thought that as likely as a sand shortage, but it’s apparently getting bad.
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Based on the stories above, I guess the forecast calls for a lot more girls: The study suggests a woman’s high-calorie diet around the time of conception might increase the odds of a boy. Now I understand why I (sigh) have four boys.
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The hood and the digital camera. First filmed beatings, now this: A Florida man is facing elder abuse charges after he allegedly filmed his senile 85-year-old grandmother wearing a ski mask and holding a gun for a “Gangstas and Thugs” street DVD series.
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Wow, this is so twisted, it’s hard to know where to begin: Swiss couples are flocking back to church – to get divorced. An official liturgy for divorce ceremonies is being developed because many couples want to end their marriages where they started. I’ll just reference Mark 10 and move on.
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But divorce is a private matter, right? Just an issue between consenting adults. What do the rest of us care?

For the better part of a week, outdoor activities were off-limits for the 500 students at Town and Country Elementary. Classroom doors were locked. Students couldn’t wait for parents at dismissal time in front of the school, but were released one by one from the cafeteria.

The restrictions, which school officials call a modified lockdown, followed a threat against a child. The mother reportedly feared the father would harm the child. The parents are estranged.

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