Stories from the Slow Lane 

We’ll Take Our COVID Shots To-Go

We’ll Take Our COVID Shots To-Go

Since COVID-19 began disrupting our everyday routines last year, we’ve taken advantage of various drive-throughs, curbside pickups and to-go offers. Correspondingly, when Emil and I received our first Moderna vaccine shots on Inauguration Day, we never had to leave...

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A Tale of Two Tomcats

A Tale of Two Tomcats

My sister Shirley and I love cats and always have. Years before she married Harvey, he and his mother gave Shirley a tabby kitten. Furious at being trapped and relocated, the little guy earned the name of Yowler. He’d been born and lived quite comfortably in Harvey’s...

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Miles of 2020 Smiles

Miles of 2020 Smiles

For as long as I can remember, Mom insisted that tacking up a new calendar before the first day of the New Year was bad luck. Since we don’t need any of that, Emil and I waited until today to take down our dog-eared record of 2020. Flipping through the months, we...

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So what are we having?

So what are we having?

Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s woven together with memories of special people, fun celebrations and, of course, great food. I asked two outstanding Texas cooks, Elizabeth (Liz) Ripple of Fayetteville and Linda Harris of Conroe, to each share a favorite Thanksgiving...

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Champions of Second Chances – Part II

Champions of Second Chances – Part II

Carol MacKay can’t bring herself to walk past a bin of vintage portraits gathering dust in an antique store or thrift shop. She feels compelled to stop and look through the stack of discarded images. Then she carefully scrutinizes the front and the back of each...

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Champions of Second Chances – Part 1

Champions of Second Chances – Part 1

Barbara Wampler comes to the rescue of neglected, vintage textiles. Catherine “Rabbit” Janecka brings new life to weathered wood, chipped resin, and rusted iron. These “champions of second chances” repurpose, repair, and recycle items that others might consider trash....

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