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Author: Karen Gillespie

I Only Drink Coffee on the Days That End in Y

If you’re like most people, when someone asks you, “How do you take your coffee?” your answer might be, “Very seriously!” Recently I saw a post on Facebook that said, “Coffee is starter fluid for the morning impaired.” Perhaps you know the type. They’re the subhumans who slither out of bed, snarling, hissing and cursing until their forked tongues get their first taste of coffee. And yes, I’m talking about myself. Nothing is more harrowing than scuttling into the kitchen and finding only a stray bean in the coffee bin.  Suddenly it dawns on you that you’ll be forced...

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Not Missing the Boat

People either love boats or hate ‘em, and I fall solidly in the latter category. Years ago when I was still dog-paddling in the dating pool, one question I always asked potential suitors was, “Do you have a boat?” If the answer was yes, it wasn’t just a deal breaker, it was a deal annihilator. In my experience, there’s something wonky about the relationship between men and boats. On dry land a guy can be perfectly normal. But put him on a deck of boat and suddenly he’s Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, swilling rum, and bellowing...

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Dinner Is Served

So few consumer goods live up to expectations. The Thigh Master failed to master my thighs; they’re still large and in charge. Drinking Smart Water didn’t make me any better at Jeopardy, and let’s not even discuss the so-called Miracle Breast Enhancement Pills. Thus I’m always dubious when someone says to me, “This product is the best thing since sliced bread.” (Which, incidentally, is a dated phrase. In a world of Apple watches, Alexa and beer guzzling helmets, sliced bread is a bit on the ho-hum side.) But, nevertheless, a few weeks ago, someone sent me an email saying,...

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Short Takes: June/July 2017

  Berry Picking Season There’s nothing quite like wandering a farm under a warm sun, filling a basket with a berries fresh from the vine. Looking for a nearby “you pick ‘em” place? Here are a few options. Gurosick Berry Plantation This North Augusta farm allows you to pick strawberries and hybrid blackberries through July 4.    Blue House Farm Located on Old Blythe Road in Harlem. Pick blueberries, blackberries and muscadines. Bynes Blueberries Blueberry picking in June and July only. Located in Waynesboro.    Sweetwater Creek Farm North Augusta farm that offers blueberry picking.

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Drat! I Can’t Wear Hats

Thoreau said, “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.” I, on the other hand, avoid any enterprise that requires a new hat.  Some women look adorable in hats, batting their eyelashes coquettishly under the brim. I look as if I’m balancing either a pizza box or an alien spacecraft on my head.    Sadly, for someone who looks peculiar in hats, I have a severe case of hat lust. In department stores I can’t resist browsing in the hat department. Just last week I spied a woven beauty with a black band. It whispered to me: “Put me...

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