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  • The Bookworm: These true stories are a don't miss Published 03/18/2014 at 5:16 p.m.

    Having braces apparently wasn't bad enough. You hated your tin grin, but that wasn't as demoralizing as acne, which was nothing compared to hormones, which wasn't as annoying as untamable hair, which was minimal compared to your teenage self-esteem – ...

  • The Bookworm: Girls – A dramatic story and some fun insight Published 03/07/2014 at 4 a.m.

    You've had the best of times. You've seen the worst of times. The former seems like a tissue in a hurricane: here, then whisked away in a blink, as though it never occurred. The latter is something like a car ...

  • The Bookworm: Dorsey does the 'Tiger Shrimp Tango': Will be at Sunshine Booksellers this weekend Published 02/11/2014 at 10:05 a.m.

    It sounded too good to be true. Earn money at home, no investment required. Free for a limited time. No purchase necessary. And what's your bank account number? You're a trusting soul, but you're also getting good at spotting scams. ...

  • The Bookworm: Life and death and the wild children in between Published 02/05/2014 at 10:27 a.m.

    Just one more bedtime story. You wanted that as a child because you’ve always been someone who hates endings (one more for the road). Everyone knows you never get out the door on time (let me just look again). Coat ...

  • The Bookworm: Food – What you eat and where it comes from Published 01/28/2014 at 3:54 p.m.

    That sound you heard a few minutes ago? That's your stomach, rumbling. Yep, you're hungry. Ready for chow. Wanting something salty, sweet, crunchy (sound good?) smooth, chewy, tasty. For sure, you know what you don't want – but you're not ...

  • The Bookworm: Good memories and great friends Published 01/22/2014 at 1:11 p.m.

    The whole world is your living room. That's how it feels sometimes because you don't know any better place for relaxing than the outdoors. With a shady tree as your easy chair, birdsong as your music, and your dog nearby, ...

  • The Bookworm: Life's freedoms and demands Published 01/08/2014 at 10:56 a.m.

    Your best friend has been all a-flutter about something lately. You haven't seen much of her, in fact. She's been sticking close to her nest but that's okay. Next time you get together, it'll be just like you were never ...

  • The Bookworm: Imaginations – a terrible thing to waste Published 12/25/2013 at 5:11 p.m.

    Someday, you’re going to be something big. You’ll be very famous of that, you’re absolutely certain. Lots of people will want your autograph, photographers will scream for your picture, you’ll be onstage every night and everyone will clap for you.

  • The Bookworm: Tough seasons and powerful phrases Published 12/17/2013 at 10:59 a.m.

    It snowed overnight. You saw it first thing this morning, and you grumbled. You know how much extra work that stuff is: shoveling, brushing, scraping. Everything needs more time to warm up and get going – including you.

  • The Book Worm: Missing memories; murder goes both ways Published 12/10/2013 at 2:56 p.m.

    This time of year always makes you think of things past. You're reminded of the holidays, and the kids when they were small. That makes you think about when you were a kid, of fun outside, Mom's cookies inside, games ...

  • The Bookworm: Some royal pains can turn out to be blessings Published 12/03/2013 at 2:27 p.m.

    This Christmas, you're giving up a lot. You're giving up a corner of your home for a Christmas tree. You're giving up money to make sure the best gifts are beneath that tree on Christmas morning. You're giving up time ...

  • Bookworm: The Trip of a Lifetime and the history of Hanukkah Published 11/21/2013 at 3:58 p.m.

    Take a trip and enjoy Hanukkah.

  • The Bookworm: On the edge – two profanity-laced books also have life lessons Published 11/05/2013 at 4:45 p.m.

    Dirty, nasty, filthy. That's what your mother claimed "those words" were. You said them once … and were never allowed to say them again in her presence. They were bad words. They were dirty – unless, of course, Richard Pryor ...

  • The Book Worm: Death, haunts and the haunted Published 10/30/2013 at 11:39 a.m.

    Let's say you want to stir up a little something.Start with three cups of quiet collaboration. Add in a dash of rumor; a teaspoon each of anti-Semitism, segregation, and Red Scare; and a tablespoon of divisive politics. Stir in money ...

  • The Bookworm: Challenge your perceptions; the will of man Published 10/24/2013 at 1:35 p.m.

    So whaddaya know? Probably quite a bit, when it comes right down to it. You know where you are, what's in front of you, and how to read these words, for starters. You know what it's like outside, what you ...

  • The Bookworm: A new 'leash' on life and some medical drama Published 10/17/2013 at 12:44 p.m.

    These days, your arms feel awfully empty. The house is too quiet and tidy. There's no click-click-click of toenails on the floor, no slobbered water, no toys strewn about, no kibble to clean up. You even miss those shedded little ...

  • The Bookworm: Gone, but not forgotten Published 10/08/2013 at 2:17 p.m.

    The other night at bedtime, there was big trouble. You went to grab your favorite storybook and … it was gone! You looked under the bed. You searched in your toybox. You peeked into the closet, the kitchen, beneath the ...

  • The Bookworm: Drama – Real-life and stage Published 10/01/2013 at 2:53 p.m.

    All day long, while you're at school, you really miss your parents. But that's okay. You know you'll see them in a few hours or a few days and it'll be fun. You'll get hugs and give kisses, make dinner ...

  • The Bookworm: Do you dare? And the not-so-happily ever after Published 09/24/2013 at 1:06 p.m.

    You've always loved dogs. You love playing with them, throwing sticks for them to retrieve, wrestling with them on the floor. You love their soft fur and their goofy grins and there's nothing better than snuggling with a dog on ...

  • The Bookworm: Experiencing the slide – Dealing with dementia Published 09/19/2013 at 10:04 a.m.

    You can't fix everything. That's a hard lesson to learn, no matter who you are. You can't swoop in and make things right when they're not yours to correct. You can't throw money at something to make it go away, ...

  • The Book Worm: When things go wrong Published 09/10/2013 at 2:01 p.m.

    You know exactly what you'd do. You're prepared with a drill, if the house catches fire. In case of gunfire, you've got a plan in mind. You've watched TV coverage of crimes, disasters, and floods enough to have envisioned how ...

  • The Book Worm: Real-life mysteries and eye openers Published 09/03/2013 at 9:47 a.m.

    Everything you believe is wrong. There are, for instance, no alligators living in the sewers of New York. Elvis is not alive and living near a burger joint in Michigan. Head colds are not caused by walking in the snow, ...

  • The Book Worm: Bait and switch – The hunters and the hunted Published 08/27/2013 at 3:02 p.m.

    You always expect the best care. When you need service, you want a top-notch mechanic, banker, jeweler, or cashier. You patronize knowledgeable people that put the customer (you!) first. And that goes doubly for your health-care provider. When you're sick

  • Bookworm: Country gardening and man's best friend Published 08/20/2013 at 3:43 p.m.

    “To Eat: A Country Life” by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd c.2013, Farrar, Straus and Giroux $25.00/$29.00 Canada 194 pages

  • The Bookworm: Gain wisdom from these true-life experiences Published 08/15/2013 at 2:32 p.m.

    Read the latest books by authors Andrea Kay and Tom Kizzia.

  • The Bookworm: Back to school – Required reading for students, teachers Published 08/06/2013 at 9:25 a.m.

    Your grades were an embarrassment last year. Sometime over this summer, though, you realized something that everybody had been saying for eons: You can do better. You have potential, so you've decided that you're going to study harder, work smarter, ...

  • The Bookworm: Human oddities, odds and ends Published 07/30/2013 at 2:03 p.m.

    Three heads and five arms. Everybody's looking at you like that's what you've got, even though you've tried to fit in. You've done your best to speak their language, sample the local cuisine, wear clothes that don't scream "tourist!" … ...

  • The Bookworm: The power of faith and positive thinking Published 07/23/2013 at 9:32 a.m.

    For most of your life, you've had a good relationship with God. He's a close personal friend, in fact, and you talk to Him often. He even lives nearby; so close, that you visit Him often. He's a good listener, ...

  • The Bookworm: Miracle in the ice; four-legged miracles Published 07/16/2013 at 5:24 p.m.

    When you look back on your life, you notice that much has changed. Personally, you've grown, matured in mind and body, formed opinions, taken knocks, bounced back, and endured. From outside, you've seen the advent of Internet, cell phone, social ...

  • Add some sizzle to your summer reading Published 07/11/2013 at 9:37 a.m.

    You've got your summer all planned out. Weekends with family are starting to fill in between trips and festivals. You've got a few household chores planned, some exploring around town, a bit of a roadtrip, and plenty of dates with ...

  • The Bookworm: Doctor's feelings; a litte nastiness goes a long way Published 07/09/2013 at 10:38 a.m.

    He wasn't the doctor you normally see. It really didn't matter, though. Choice of physician wasn't an issue in the ER, but pain and fear definitely were. You didn't care who you saw right then. You just wanted it over ...

  • The Bookworm: A leader like no other; a romance that withstands time Published 07/01/2013 at 2:43 p.m.

    Your mother sent you to your room the other day. You hate that. You didn't think you were being naughty but Mama did, and she punished you. You had to sit in your room alone for awhile and you cried, ...

  • The Bookworm: Here's to your health – Good drinks, friends and conversation Published 05/21/2013 at 6:04 p.m.

    Your doctor tells you that you need more vegetables in your diet. Pay attention to the food groups, she said, and she gave you a chart. Four servings of this, two servings of that, green things and yellow things all ...

  • The Bookworm: A life without kids and a life without order Published 04/18/2013 at 2:10 p.m.

    This week, two of your friends broke the news: They're pregnant. One's due in October, the other in November. Heavy sigh. It's not exactly that you're anti-kid. No, you like kids … as long as they're not yours, and you're ...

  • The Bookworm: The devils are in the details Published 02/16/2010 at 12:44 p.m.

    This morning, when you got out of bed and wandered into the bathroom, the same face that’s greeted you on hundreds of mornings stared back at you in the mirror.

  • The Bookworm: Creepy murders and creeping mortality await Published 02/11/2010 at 10:13 a.m.

    You swore you’d never do it. But you did. In your mind, there was a line you’d never cross. Something you wouldn’t or couldn’t do.

  • The Bookworm: Two women deal with death and with life Published 01/27/2010 at 2:49 p.m.

    You thought you knew your rights. You’ve seen every episode of “Perry Mason” and “CSI” and watched plenty of courtroom-drama movies. You’re pretty well versed on criminal justice and you know what goes on in front of a judge.

  • THE Bookworm: Pushing the envelop and the ballot box Published 01/21/2010 at 3:57 p.m.

    Ah. Another day, another dollar, minus taxes, dues, and insurance. Lately, you feel like you’re getting an allowance, instead of a paycheck.

  • The Bookworm: The queen of coupons and the king of rock & roll Published 01/08/2010 at 2:33 p.m.

    For about a year now, you’ve tightened your belt, hard. You’ve stretched your pennies ‘til Abe screams.

  • The Bookworm: Dealing with rude people and your brain Published 12/29/2009 at 4:05 p.m.

    It was a big rush around your house the other day, and once you got where you were headed, you suddenly realized that you forgot your hat. Again.

  • The Bookworm: Dreaming of a white Christmas? Published 12/04/2009 at 4:33 p.m.

    The invitation contained everything you needed to know to have fun. Well, almost everything. You knew the date and time and where to be.

  • The Bookworm: These books are all in the family Published 11/25/2009 at 4:50 p.m.

    You had something specific in mind to give as a gift this year, but you couldn’t find what you were looking for.

  • The Bookworm: It’s criminal, what these authors do Published 11/20/2009 at 1:44 p.m.

    It was just an accident. Nobody meant for it to happen. It was just “one of those things,” only orchestrated when the cosmos met and decided that it was your turn.

  • The Bookworm: You should be all ears for these two books Published 11/13/2009 at 2:41 p.m.

    It’s Sunday afternoon, and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be than in front of your TV. You’ve got chips, liquid refreshment, the remote, and you’re wearing your lucky slippers. Gotta support the team, you know.

  • We all need something to hold onto Published 10/30/2009 at 3:57 p.m.

    You know it’s impossible – it’s a piece of ground, for Heaven’s sake – but your garden almost looks sad.

  • The bookworm: Some facts and figures to figure out Published 10/23/2009 at 3:02 p.m.

    One quick peek at your calendar, and you know it’s time. Time to figure out where you’re going to get your turkey – two turkeys, in fact, one for November and one for December.

  • The Bookworm: Books about cancers of the body and of the mind Published 10/16/2009 at 2:23 p.m.

    You couldn’t pretend any longer. The lump was there, no doubt about it. You noticed during your once-a-month self-exam, but you brushed it off then, sure that it was nothing.

  • The Bookworm: Feeling attraction and repulsion from two books Published 10/09/2009 at 2:02 p.m.

    You thought you knew everything.

  • The Bookworm: Two different ways to get ahead Published 10/02/2009 at 2:55 p.m.

    It was a lesson you learned the moment you were old enough to sass back: always respect your elders

  • The bookworm: Two books for the dog days of summer Published 09/25/2009 at 4:05 p.m.

    Remember the day you found your best friend, or was it the other way around?