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The Working Mom - What’s Your Definition of Camping?


By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
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I will apologize up front for concentrating a column strictly to camping but, hey, who doesn’t love it? Now, when I say camping, that does not include a tent. It also avoids dewy air mattresses, your food along with grass and dirt floating in day old ice water in the cooler, or ants and mosquitos fighting for your breakfast. No, that is called tenting in my book. Tenting, to me, is like the “Naked and Afraid” show on TV---why? I am naked and afraid every morning after my shower when I look in the full body mirror, so I sure don’t need that feeling on my weekend to relax!

Yes, I will admit that I am a powder puff camper. Give me my own shower, mattress, toilet, full kitchen, and living room contained within four walls and, I will go camping any day. Even my sister-in-law, Nic who proudly states, “I love NOT camping,” lost her distaste for camping when she saw our new/used camper and started planning a weekend for the girls by the fire.

My hubby maintains the camper so it is in pristine condition and puts out lights I love (he hates) each weekend just to make me happy. He also took a classic 1986 golf cart, and along with his dad, rebuilt and custom painted it so we have “wheels” to cruise the campground. Yea, you have to have a golf cart---after all, the golf cart rodeo event is coming up soon!

The camping spirit that I treasure most is the community of friends we have grown to know and love. We wonder who is going able to make it each weekend, what plans might they have with relatives or kids. We talk on our Facebook page, and we console and look to each other during tough times just as any family would. When my mother passed away this past April, I was shocked to receive a beautiful card and donation for a gift from this group to remember my mother. What a wonderful group of friends we have come to know…thank you!

So all of you true tent campers, you can be sure that I will not argue when you laugh as you walk by our permanent site with the neon palm tree, patio set, and potted plants and challenge our camping spirit…I know who I am and love it! Switch up your usual recipe and try this light summer potato salad. Enjoy!



Easy Baby Red

Potato and Mint Salad

1 pound baby red potatoes, halved

1/4 cup plain low fat (or non-fat) yogurt

1/4 cup regular or fat-free mayonnaise

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Postcards from the Windy City - Doing Summer

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
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Hi, Readers. Well, we’re reaching the point in the summer when even the most nonchalant among us will soon be forced to reckon with The Question: what have you done this summer? For some I know, this question doesn’t seem to cause much stre ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
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Uno, dos, etc. Yes, I did take Spanish in high school long before Taco Bell became a restaurant chain. Mrs. Worley, our Spanish teacher, wanted us to learn not only the language but also about the culture of Spain and Mexico. So we had a Spanish par ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Art in the City

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
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Dear Readers, This week, I found myself on the train once again, tumbling into downtown Chicago. Beautiful Saturday afternoon, plans in the city, what more could you want? Art. And people to share it with, of course. My trip downtown a few w ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - August 12, 2013

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
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Don’t you just love the summer! There’s nothing more enjoyable than sitting on the porch in the morning with that first cup of coffee, ignoring what’s ahead for the day. How did that jingle go...“The best part of waking up...”? Did you kno ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Profiling

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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Profiling, “the recording and analysis of a person’s psychological and behavioral characteristics, so as to assess or predict their capabilities,” is often associated in a negative light when you’re the potential employee. When you’re th ..... 
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Musings from the back porch! - August 5, 2013

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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In the good old summertime We waited quite awhile for it to get here and before we know it, it will be gone. Since this is my first attempt to share bits of myself and who I am, I guess I could describe myself as liking to meet and getting to know ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - A Bird? A Plane? A...Magnet

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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Dear Readers, Picture this: a giant circular object, apparently a ring, shrink-wrapped in some kind of white plastic, on top of a 16-axel red flatbed trailer, driving maybe five miles per hour through a gap in the trees opposite the building wher ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Casablanca

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Here’s looking at you, Readers. I got stuck in “Casablanca” this week. Astoundingly, I’d never seen the movie. So I spent nearly two hours last Monday evening with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and my host parents, waiting for letters ..... 
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