Mandy Flynn

Recent Stories

Tease photo

MANDY FLYNN: The squirrel, my enemy

FEATURES COLUMN: The squirrel is my nemesis, and he knows it

I’m not one to wish death on anything (except maybe snakes and lizards and roaches … definitely roaches.) But there is this squirrel, this one incredibly horrible squirrel, that I wish would die of old age or be captured in the dark of night by undercover operatives seeking to do whatever secret undercover operatives would do to a squirrel.

Tease photo

MANDY FLYNN: Grammar, keystrokes, and Oxford commas

FEATURES COLUMN: What to do with pretentious punctuation

You can say you don’t like my shoes. You can scold me for being a low-talker. You can scoff when I end a sentence with a preposition. But please don’t mess with my Oxford comma.

Tease photo

MANDY FLYNN: Interpreting dreams can be confusing

FEATURES COLUMN: Mom says food issues led to troubling dreams

My mother used to say that we must have eaten something that didn’t agree with us whenever we had weird dreams.

Tease photo

MANDY FLYNN: Smarten up on New Year's resolutions

FEATURES COLUMN: A 2014 pledge to learn to make cornbread goes unfulfilled

My renunciation of learning to make cornbread is regretful. Which brings me to this year’s resolution — I am going to attempt to be smarter. Thus, the reason using the word renunciation. It’s a pretty big word for me. I learned it just this morning.

Tease photo

MANDY FLYNN: My tidings of great joy, if only in my dreams

FEATURE COLUMN: The Christmas letter I would like to write

If there is one thing I find myself regretting each year about this time, it is that I have, once again, failed to produce a homemade Christmas – baking, handmade presents, cranberries strung on the tree. Just once, I want a Martha Stewart Christmas.

Tease photo

MANDY FLYNN: Shelving the elf

FEATURES COLUMN: Our elf has left

There has been conversation circulating at work about Elf on the Shelf, the little fellow who visits the homes of young children between Thanksgiving and Christmas and reports back to Santa Claus on the status of their nautiness and niceness.

Tease photo

MANDY FLYNN: The real scents of Christmas

FEATURES COLUMN: The memorable scents of Christmas do not come from scented candles

No, I don’t think I’ve ever seen candles that can remind me of the smells of Christmas I love most.

Tease photo

MANDY FLYNN: A part of me always remembers

FEATURES COLUMN: Flip-flops not the best footwear for a dash in the rain

Rain, asphalt and flip-flops are a painful combination when you decide to make a run for it.

Tease photo

MANDY FLYNN: You can't dress up stuffing

FEATURES COLUMN: There's no such thing as a box of dressing

Just the other day, I wondered if the young girl (who asked how many boxes of dressing she needed) had ever tasted real dressing, and I actually felt sorry for those who have never had the pleasure.

Tease photo

MANDY FLYNN: It's grateful people who are happy

FEATURES COLUMN: Photograph puts things into perspective

I still remember how those five words made me feel that day, sitting in that den on that brown sofa holding that photo in my hands. Sad.

More stories