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Halloween is over and it’s time to begin putting away those scary decorations. You choose to leave the pumpkins outside, letting them blend in with the fall leaves, giving the front porch a nice autumn look. It’s now time to begin working on your Thanksgiving dinner and which guests will you need to invite. Last year you forgot to invite Uncle Ed, and then you heard about that for the next year from your mother-in-law, “Don’t forget to call Ed about this year’s Thanksgiving dinner”. Ok, so if I invite Uncle Ed, that means I must invite Katherine (my mother-...

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“Can I just say one word to you? Just one-word plastics''. This famous line was uttered by Walter, a good friend of the father of the graduate, a young man named Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman). If you are old enough to remember the year, 1967, you surely remember the film, The Graduate. This famous line has been repeated and requoted even until today. This prophetic utterance from a fictional character described so accurately the revolution that was going on at that time in the plastic industry.  What was so important about plastics in the 1960’s?  Today, we take plastic for...

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“Ethan, I have told you five times already to take out the trash, will you take it out already? Please make sure to bring the trash bins to the curb, tomorrow is Tuesday and they’ll be picking up the trash.” Sound familiar? This is highly common in the typical household. One of the men in the home is required to take out the trash and often the mistress is howling for one of them to take it out. It may take a while, but eventually it will get taken out. But what happens to your trash after the garbage haulers...

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“Oh, no! It can’t be! If school started, then the summer is virtually over and done! What about my grand plans to declutter my house? This was my main summer project, and it was not accomplished.”  Don’t be so hard on yourself. The fall is the best time to get rid of your unwanted items. Join me while we have some fun tackling the very serious matter of decluttering the home. We will advise you on how you will become emotionally healthier by throwing out unneeded possessions in your home. Or shall we call them artifacts? They may be heirlooms...

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Posted by Vivian McNeil on

Ever since I was a little kid, I took note of how my father was obsessed with rubber bands. Thick, thin, long, short, jumbo, or small, they all could be found in his desk. There would be large bags of jumbo rubber bands and small bags of thin rubber bands. It was a haven for all types and colors of rubber bands. Dad was an accountant pre email days, and documents had to be kept together rather than simply attaching them as a pdf to an email. That’s why there were so many rubber bands in his desk draw. Today,...

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