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Mandy Flynn

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MANDY FLYNN: You have arrived eventually

FEATURES COLUMN: even GPS devices can be directionally challenged

GPS devices lacking in essentials such as best pot for a potty break and where to pull over when you see blue lights flashing.

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MANDY FLYNN: Purses! Foiled again!

FEATURES COLUMN: Got my purse, now where are those darn reading glasses?

A woman’s purse is a general store in a bag when a family is on a long road trip.

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MANDY FLYNN: Dog rules the roost with Jedi mind tricks

FEATURES COLUMN: The force can be used for good, at least by wives

Even force-empowered Jedi mind tricks are no match for the NCAA basketball tournament. Now, where’d that pork chop go?

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MANDY FLYNN: Lord, I'm afraid to look

FEATURES COLUMN: Kids grow up and starting make their own decisions so fast

At some point, our children start making their own rules for living, including some we may not agree with.

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MANDY FLYNN: I break for funny

FEATURES COLUMN: There is some good reading out there on the road

Many words of wisdom can be found in 10 words or less on the bumper if the vehicle in front of you.

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MANDY FLYNN: A life well lived

FEATURES COLUMN: Though her time was too short, Meredith Stapleton lived it to the fullest

Meredith Stapleton proved a person can do some amazing things, even in a short period of time.

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MANDY FLYNN: Squirrel drops in for an unwelcome visit

FEATURES COLUMN: Faced with an intrusive rodent and its icy stare, the only choice is to run

Nothing is more startling than to be awakened from a nap by a squirrel that’s staring you down.

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MANDY FLYNN: The trick to moving ahead

FEATURES COLUMN: Birthdays are a time when we assess our lives

There’s a lot to consider when you’re facing a birthday, including what you have accomplished and what you want to accomplish.

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MANDY FLYNN: I’ll have grits and a tiara

FEATURES COLUMN: I’d like to live in Downton Abbey for a day

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood has nothing on the World War I era aristocracy of Greta Britain.

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MANDY FLYNN: Baby, it’s cold inside

FEATURES COLUMN: Guerrilla tactics heat up battle of the thermostat

Never draw an open battle line in the battle of the thermostat until you know which side the polar bears will take.

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MANDY FLYNN: Keep your mental batteries charged

FEATURES COLUMN: Stupid questions sometimes sneak up on you

Sometimes you have to think before you open your mouth.

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MANDY FLYNN: On Target for glamour

FEATURES COLUMN: Red carpet style worth missing a little sleep to see

Nothing goes better with a Golden Globe and a red carpet that your basic orange.

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MANDY FLYNN: I'll take personal quirks for $200, Alex

FEATURES COLUMN: What is, 'Personal information that makes you cringe?'

For smart people, contestants on “Jeopardy!” say some awkward things about themselves.

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MANDY FLYNN: Bad days all in the mind

According to Peter J. Bentley, a PhD who is a so-called expert on the science of bad days, a bad day only exists if we allow it to. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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MANDY FLYNN: Thinking out of the box about cornbread

FEATURES COLUMN: A Christmas sign leads to a New Years resolution

A dog and cold pucks of frozen dough lead to a new resolve to master the art of lace bread.

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MANDY FLYNN: The comfort of Christmas glows warmly

FEATURES COLUMN: The lights on tree are reminders of Christmases past

The coming of Christmas brings with it a special peace.

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MANDY FLYNN: Puppet, you just keep your distance

FEATURES COLUMN: Devil dummy goes for a ride out of town

Choosing to not associate with puppets does not necessarily mean you are afraid of them. Not really.

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MANDY FLYNN: Listen up, honey ... oh, never mind

FEATURES COLUMN: When it comes to hearing, things can get real selective

They could save money on studies by running theories by married couples.

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MANDY FLYNN: Mirror, mirror on the counter ...

FEATURES COLUMN: No sense in magnifying the truth

A magnifying mirror can be surprising … at least on one side.

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MANDY FLYNN: Being grateful has its rewards

FEATURES COLUMN: Reaction and growth from adversity is also something to be grateful for

Gratitude makes all the difference in your attitude.

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MANDY FLYNN: Not cooking up any excuses

FEATURES COLUMN: One apron short of a decent meal

When you are a bad cook, the best thing to do is own up to it … and maybe order takeout.

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MANDY FLYNN: Just let me sleep on it

FEATURES COLUMN: A nice nap is nothing to squeal about

I wish someone would tell me I have to take a nap.

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FLYNN: The witches made me do it

It was brought to my attention this week from an article I read that there are some people who believe Halloween candy is possessed by the devil. Or is it that Halloween candy is the devil?

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FLYNN: Chili nothing to stew about

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Feuds have erupted over far worse things, I have no doubt, but one that raises its head around our abode this time of year is quite spicy.

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FLYNN: Medaling in Spanx

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Hopefully, I am not the only person who didn’t realize the Olympics would be returning in February 2014, this time to Russia where they will play winter games of all shapes and sizes. I still would be clueless were it not for the tiny Olympic logo I noticed in the corner of the television screen the other night

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FLYNN: Simple things are what matter

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Everything in life is better with bacon.

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FLYNN: I'll take mine lightly toasted

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My friend Ann found a note on the pew at church one Communion Sunday. Scribbled in a child's hand, it read: Daddy wen do we do the drinking?

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FLYNN: Take your time chasing pleasure

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It was Kierkegaard, I think, who said that many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it. When I was young, I may not have understood what he meant. I get it now.

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FLYNN: Pj's are for sleeping, not shopping

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It was little over a week ago that my good friend showed up at work with a bee in her bonnet. Apparently, she had encountered just that morning an individual wearing pajamas out in public. Overly baggy sleep pants. A thin, stained shirt that left little to the imagination. Mismatched socks on feet crammed into shuffling flip-flops. Hair a muss. And a continually yawning, rolled-out-of-bed look on her face as she escorted her child into school.

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FLYNN: Thingamajig just gets a brush off

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A thingamajig by any other name is still a doohickey.

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FLYNN: That's one brave woman

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“She said she doesn’t care.” Those were the last words I heard before a silence so thick it was suffocating filled the room, only to be broken a good fifteen seconds later by a low, throaty, almost fearful whisper.

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FLYNN: Something to think about

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She smelled of tea rose and Oil of Olay and the buckle on her brown leather purse was shaped like a flower. It may be strange to notice a buckle, I suppose, but this one stood out because it reflected the light just so and almost demanded me to notice it. It was just a little thing, but it led me to what I consider a treasure.

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FLYNN: Soul mates are automatic

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It was a question I had never asked my husband. I was just too embarrassed, I guess, to reveal something so personal about myself even after 22 years of marriage. What if he laughed at me? Thought I was stupid? The urge was too overwhelming, though, and I had to take the risk. So I did, there in the hotel restaurant as we sat waiting for our dinner. I had just settled back into my seat after a trip to the restroom. It was the perfect time.

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Would you rather ...?

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For a car filled with four teenagers and a middle-aged couple headed north, it was remarkably quiet.

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Some childhood warnings true

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I didn’t even have to think about it. The words rolled off my tongue as if on auto pilot. “You’ll get worms,” I said, and as soon as the words left my lips another thought leapt to mind. Where in the world did I first hear that and why was it ingrained in my brain for all eternity?

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Training hubby a shocking idea

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The small, perfectly square cardboard box came with the mail last Tuesday. I forgot about it until I saw him sitting in the den — a collar, batteries and a small remote control spread out over the coffee table. He sighed in frustration. “Here,” my hubby said. “touch this,” and held the dog collar out to me.

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Have you seen my coordination?

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If anybody finds it, please let me know.

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Picking the best melon’s an art

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"Dear Mandy,” the email started and what followed was perhaps one of the top four oddest questions I have ever been asked by a stranger. ... “How do you pick a watermelon?”

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Nothing’s sweeter than tea made Southern style

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‘That’s not the way my mama does it,” he said and it must have taken everything I had not to knock him senseless. Granted, it was more than 20 years ago ... but I am certain I gazed upon him not so kindly. It actually may have been our very first newlywed bone of contention. His mama’s way was perfectly fine and produced wonderful results, I could attest. But my way was just as good.

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Flips finally flop forever

Mike’s flip-flops, size 11, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

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Dads worm way into cool

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‘My dad is so cool, he can jump really high. Higher than anyone else in the world,” one little girl said to another little girl, and it made me smile to hear the two of them debating their fathers’ cool factor in the line at the post office.

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Twinkle twinkle little bug

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It’s happening again, I noticed just the other night. The luciferin is combining with adenosine triphosphate and making luciferyl adenylate and pyrophosphate on the surface of the luciferase enzyme.

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Charity comes from the heart

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Some people think that giving to charity means throwing coins into a bucket at Christmastime, writing a check each year, or leaving money behind after they are gone.

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Roaming zombies preparation plan

The loud bang startled me and made me jump. What just fell from behind the door? A bat. Another baseball bat. How many bats can one family have, I thought as I picked it up from where it had rolled on the hardwood floor.

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Not it when it comes to ‘not it’

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There is a little something I’d like to address that’s been bugging me for quite some time — practically all of my life, if I really think about it.

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Motherhood, new respect for different moms

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I thought I was a good mother. After learning of the extraordinary feats of some other mothers, however, I gained a whole new respect for another mothering world — the four (and more) legged one.

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Dog sending subtle signs

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I can’t prove it, but I’m pretty sure my dog thinks he’s better than me.

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Wrap that antique to go, please

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The move wasn’t far, just a few miles down the road to a two-story house framed in pretty greenery and with a little back patio all laid out in brick. It would be great, I thought.

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I’m not crazy, he’s a sharp-dressed man

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"Guess what I saw today?” I ask no one in particular, simply voice out loud to the only two other people in the room at the time, my husband and my 15-year-old daughter. She sits curled on one end of the sofa, he on the other.

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You know, you look just like ...

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‘See, I told you, Mom,” the young man said as he held his mother by the arm and turned her around in my direction, not two feet from me and uncomfortably teetering on the cusp of my personal space.

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