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November 3rd, 2015
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Choose Wisely

A special relative of mine is becoming an octogenarian this month.  And although she remains very young at heart, determining the appropriate offering to commemorate the occasion was puzzling and elusive. What the heck do you get an individual who has experienced eight decades of living?  After much angst, I decided on fresh flowers….the perfect present that, when delivered, deposits a smile on every woman’s face (unless it is from an unwelcomed lover). My aunt loves roses, but when I proceeded to order these delicate blooms, I was confronted and I faced a conundrum.

by Anne Middleton

November 3rd, 2015
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November Novelties at Verizon Wireless

The clock strikes midnight on October 31st, and I’m ready to blare the holiday tunes, roll out a pie crust, and start checking off items on my Christmas gift list! Yep, I’m one of those people. The holiday season can’t come soon enough in my book. I’ll admit, though, being a Midwestern transplant on the West Coast, this year has left me more “seasonally confused” than other years. The kickoff of November generally conjures up images of roaring fireplaces and turtlenecks, but this year the temperature gage was pushing 90 degrees when good ol’ month #11 showed its face.

by Abbey O'Bryan

November 2nd, 2015
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Teens Vs. Parents

In our current technological environment and insane attachment to all things electronic, could you ever imagine an awkward, pimply-faced teen growing up and avoiding the Internet and online communications? Preposterous! But for every parent who has ever pondered the question, “what the heck was my teenager thinking when they posted risky information or pictures on social media,” a team of researchers from Penn State advocates the hypothesis that these kids “were not really thinking at all, or at least were not thinking like adults do.

by Anne Middleton

October 30th, 2015
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Celebrating Sandwiches

Are you stunned that it the year is 75% completed?  No worries.  There is good news…. All hail National Sandwich Day!  This holiday is something every healthy American consumer of food craves! And who wouldn’t want to join the festivities of this mouth-watering and most creative celebration occurring annually on November 3rd? Whether you are a hearty carnivore, prefer vegan options or crave gluten-free bread, everyone can revel in the joy of this occasion. Foodie historians attribute the creation of the sandwich as we know it today to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich.

by Anne Middleton

October 30th, 2015
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Lone Star State Shoes

Texas was once its own independent country and its denizens have never forgotten it.  Cowboys, rodeos and grand ranches dominate our cultural imagination, due to films like Giant—and that’s all true.  What other treasures are in the Lone Star State?  Let’s trek across Texas in some shoes fit for a few tall tales.  Flocculent UGGs are perfect for a sojourn to the Texas Hill Country, the state’s preeminent sheep ranching area.  Rolling hills and scenic vistas typify Hill Country haunts, like Blanco, nestled deep in the Heart of Texas.

by Anne Middleton

October 29th, 2015
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Exploring The Beehive State

Utah enthralls our imaginations with its scenic vistas and unique history.  Besides some of the most famed national parks, Utah boasts many interesting attractions and pastimes.  To get around the Beehive State, we’ll give you the buzz on some great shoes for your whole hive.   Utah loves bees.  Specifically, denizens love the Beehive Cluster located in the constellation of Cancer the Crab.  Bring your telescope and enjoy the wide open nighttime skies of Utah.  Customize your own apiary-inspired footwear from Converse.  Want a yellow and black shoe reminiscent of Utah’s state insect?   Shop online with Converse for $5.

by Anne Middleton

October 28th, 2015
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Turn To The Professionals

Twenty years ago, before inserting the “for sale” sign on the lawn, not a soul worried about "staging" their home in an attempt to present a more attractive dwelling with the intent to increase the sales price.  No one imagined the interior appearance of the home was of any consequence. And ten years ago nobody envisioned angst regarding their data being hacked and abused by malicious individuals with evil on their mind.

by Anne Middleton

October 28th, 2015
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Virginia Is For Lovers

Virginia is for lovers—shoe lovers!  Virginia boasts a rich history and modern attractions that are sure to please the whole family.  Don’t make the trek to Virginia in old clodhoppers.  Don some new shoes and enjoy the pleasures of Virginia.    The Commonwealth of Virginia has a wealth of natural beauty including the Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah Valley.  The east’s most extensive caverns, you’ll marvel at its passages of chthonic beauty.  Traipse about in Converse’s Americana Collection Sneakers.  Converse offers $5.95 flat rate shipping using our codes.  Tap into that colonial spirit.

by Anne Middleton

October 26th, 2015
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Great Gourds!

Boo!  It is that time of the year again.  Ghosts, ghouls and goblins are anticipating an invasion into our neighborhoods. But it is also a gentler time of year, when the heat of the summer dissolves into the cooler breezes of fall.  This annual change of seasons is accompanied by a sensation of jealousy for me. You see, I have always been one of the less coordinated individuals who have difficulty cutting a straight line.  I was never a true success at arts and crafts.

by Anne Middleton

October 26th, 2015
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Down In The Mouth

As a kid, I never threw a tantrum when taken to the dentist.  I was brought up by parents who imparted the urgency of proper dental hygiene. To this day, almost five decades later, I possess only one nasty filling from a cavity in my mouth.  So it is curious indeed, why I now would rather circumvent my twice yearly appointments to this doctor who looks down into my mouth. It is not that I am fearful, but rather that I interpret this time in the office as an annoyance.  I am not alone.

by Anne Middleton