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September 20, 2021
What Midwest Women Should Know: About Pilates, Jesus and Standing Their Ground Until the Cows Come Home

The ladies at Genesis Health Club’s 8 a.m. pilates conditioning class were entirely unexpected. Along with my older brother and his wife, I had smugly agreed to attend with my 69-year-old-mother, who is still in better shape than most college co-eds prancing around in barely-there shorts. And to the best of my childhood memory, she had always been the exception.

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September 20, 2021
The Story of Jerry Applehead
According to the history books, which I used to read only before final exams, there once was an American pioneer named Johnny Appleseed, who introduced apple trees to large parts of the Midwest, where they produced fruit that personal computers were eventually named after.
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September 20, 2021
Confessions of a Senior Citizen Shot Put Juggler

I’m pitching a can’t-miss book proposal that will net millions the world over. And I promise to give most of my share to our grandchildren. After I buy a villa in Cannes.

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September 20, 2021
Who's Publishing What: Don't Postpone Joy

Through a window of real stories, Minnesota author Mary Farr’s fifth book, Don’t Postpone Joy, invites readers to walk with her on the holy ground of shared experiences.

 

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September 12, 2021
It All Comes Out in the Wash

This may sound like a shameful admission — and it would be if I had any shame — but my body hadn't been cleaned, my top scrubbed and my rear end buffed in more than a year.

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September 11, 2021
Who's Publishing What: One Heart with Courage: Essays and Stories
Teri Rizvi's debut book, One Heart with Courage: Essays and Stories, will be published Oct. 1. All proceeds will benefit the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop endowment fund.
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September 10, 2021
If Not Now, When?
As the months of pandemic life stretched toward a year, Teri Rizvi, like many writers, quit procrasinating and finished a book. Proceeds from her debut book, One Heart with Courage: Essays and Stories, will benefit the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop endowment fund.
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September 07, 2021
Ceviche?
So, I had this presentation on Monday, right? Since it was virtual, I had to pull out every stop to ensure that the house would be quiet and unoccupied between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., so I began preparing before the weekend with a text to the boys.
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September 06, 2021
Farmer Pepper's Lonely Heartburn Band
I like to think I’m hot stuff, even in winter, but whenever I look in the mirror to shave, I come to the sad realization that I’m not so sizzling after all.
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September 04, 2021
Ode to Monarchs

Monarch butterflies are the poster children, the ambassadors, for insects.

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