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 By Laura Snyder    Columns    September 24, 2012

A Science Family

Some families are sports families. Sports families revolve around their favorite teams. Vacations are planned around the teams’ schedules. Weekends are devoted to the planning for and watching of the games. Each member of the sports family has...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    September 17, 2012

My 700th

This is my 700th column. Yes, I number them for no other reason than they are easier to find on my computer. People number things like birthdays and anniversaries to remind them just how long it’s been since they could put their toes in their m...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    September 11, 2012

Fruit Loops

It all started 15 years ago when we planted some fruit trees: A pear tree, an apple tree, and a peach tree. The first few years, the trees simply concentrated on growing. If we got a warty piece of fruit off one of them before our resident squirrel...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    August 27, 2012

I’m Going To Miss Him

In high school, he was going to be an actor. He had won some awards, and aced some auditions. He would’ve made a fine actor. He even had the business cards of agents who were eager to represent him. …Then he met Lora. She was going to...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    August 20, 2012

The People in The Picture

Who are those two people? They are pictured in a frame on my bookshelf wearing a white tuxedo and a wedding gown. Look at them. Those beautiful faces; so full of optimism, strength and hope. They are almost strangers to me now. My husband and I have...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    July 30, 2012

A Ride On The Wild Side

“Everybody thinks that zombies carry a virus that makes more zombies, but I think it’s more like a prion,” said a voice from the back of the car. “Strange, but I don’t think about zombies at all,” I said....

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    July 23, 2012

What To Do When It’s Hot

This summer may be one of the hottest on record for much of the country. Americans have handled the heat in different ways. Some are living in their basements, others start their cars 10 minutes before they have to leave their basement. Some people...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    July 16, 2012

No Pain, No Gain

Women of a certain age should not paddle canoes. At least, that’s what my body said. While my body screamed for mercy the day after a canoeing expedition – which lasted barely an hour – my mind valiantly fought for rational...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    July 9, 2012

That’s Life

A woman I have known for a couple of years approached me. I did not know her well enough to know her first name, but I have seen and spoken to her many times because her son and mine attend some of the same classes. She said, “I didn’t...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    July 2, 2012

Rope Swings & Flying Potatoes

Dear Readers: This column is one I wrote 5 years ago. Recently, I was asked to re-release it. Enjoy. My husband is part genius, and part closet redneck. He’s a cross between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Larry the Cable Guy. Sometimes...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    June 26, 2012

Jury Duty aaa

I love my country. I love democracy. I think it’s great that, in America, you are innocent until proven guilty by a jury of your “peers.” According to Mr. Webster, a peer is defined as a person of equal standing, as in rank, class...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    June 18, 2012

Don't Judge Me aaa

The old cliché warns us not to judge a book by its cover. I would like to go one step further and say that you can’t judge a parent by their house. Did you ever see those houses that have weed-free, perfectly manicured lawns, trimmed...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    June 11, 2012

Laura on Life

Parenthood is essentially a big gamble. You will put years of hard work, difficult decisions, and mileage on your car into raising a child, and you won’t know, until years later, whether or not that effort has paid off. All the different...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    June 4, 2012

Roget’s Gift

Words are strange and beautiful things, depending on the order in which you place them. They are the unit we use most to communicate our thoughts. It would be much more efficient if we could learn to accurately “read” one another’s...

 
 By Laura Snyder Is A Nationally Syndicated Columnist    Columns    May 29, 2012

Driving Me Bonkers

Love comes in many forms. The love for your spouse is much different than the love for your child, which is different from the love for a pet, which is different from the love of a friend. However, if you put all of them in a burning building and...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    May 21, 2012

Lifestyle Changes?

At first, I was good. I was very good. I picked my croutons off my salad before I ate it. I asked the waiters not to bring bread to the table. I drank water with a touch of lemon. Everyone said, “You can’t go on a diet, you have to change...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    May 14, 2012

Take a Vacation From Facebook

You know you have a Facebook addiction when your “friends” include the parents of the kids you used to know in preschool. You know who you are. You may have sent them a so-called “friend request,” but in reality, they are a no...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    May 7, 2012

X and Y Variables aaa

For the first 16 years of my married life, I was the only person in my family without a Y chromosome. I can’t help thinking that the Y chromosome was aptly named. “Why?” is a question I have asked my boys innumerable times since...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    April 30, 2012

A Bird In The Hand…

Sometimes I have a brain malfunction. It’s something about my wiring that makes me stop in the middle of a sentence and forget what I was saying. Perhaps I am a bit ADOS (AD Oh, Shiny!) That would be a typical diagnosis for someone who forgets...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    April 23, 2012

First World Problems

I opened the freezer this morning and a frozen ham steak fell out onto my big toe. It crossed my mind that I should probably go back to bed and skip what I knew would be a bad day. A “bad day” is all relative, of course. What I actually...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    April 16, 2012

Stampeding Wildlife

“Mom, did you know that sea cucumbers come in herds of thousands?” How I kept a straight face, I’ll never know. “Is that so?” I was cool as a cucumber – of the vegetable variety – even though I was coming...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    March 26, 2012

A Few Words…

Over my writing career, I have assembled a list of words that I feel should never be used in a column. I could have said that in my spare time, I peruse my dictionary looking for strange words. It would have been more interesting, but I would have...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    March 19, 2012

Ben Franklin and My Boy

I was recently reading a biography of Benjamin Franklin. Why, you ask? I could not help but wonder why he was the only guy engraved on our money who was not a past president. Why was he so special? It turns out that Ben Franklin was a lot like my...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    March 12, 2012

The Nightmare

I’m not a germophobe. You get over that the first time your beloved bundle of joy spits up down the front of your shirt. That was 28 years ago for me. Since then I have had every close encounter of the gross kind you can imagine. I’m...

 
 By Laura Snyder    Columns    March 5, 2012

St. Paddy’s Day Madness

Green is okay. It’s not my favorite color. It’s not my least favorite. But wouldn’t a nice azure blue or sunshine yellow be just as good as green? Why did it have to be green? I’d love to support our Irish friends on St....

 

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