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Judy Bluhm
Independent Columnist

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To tree, or not to tree, that is the question. Oh Christmas Angel, please guide my decision, as I am contemplating not putting up a Christmas tree this year.

By Judy Bluhm December 4, 2022
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How did “Black Friday” get its name? The phrase has been widely used since the 1980s to signify when retailers can go from operating in the red to finally making profits.

By Judy Bluhm November 27, 2022
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Football. Turkey. Family. Oh my, did I mention football? The first professional Thanksgiving Day football game was played in 1920.

By Judy Bluhm November 20, 2022
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Mental fatigue. Post-election hangovers. So much to contemplate. Winners and losers. Time to reflect and take it all in. And remove all of those campaign signs from every street corner! We need a rest from all the political ads. Let’s give ourselves a time-out.

By Judy Bluhm November 13, 2022
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I won the lottery (in my dreams). I see it all now, flashing before me. I turn on the television and watch excitedly when they call out the winning numbers. Nervously, I look down at my Powerball ticket and then in complete disbelief, I realize I have won 1 billion bucks!

By Judy Bluhm November 6, 2022
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What is quiet quitting? Evidently a malaise has taken over the American workforce, it is the definition of slacking off, doing the bare minimum, and displaying an unwillingness to do anything extra.

By Judy Bluhm October 30, 2022
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Soon. Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is approaching. So is Halloween. In Mexico, the holiday is a time when families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration.

By Judy Bluhm October 23, 2022
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Cinnamon. Ginger. Nutmeg. Allspice. The holy grail of spices. The pumpkin spice season has arrived! How did this “autumn flavor” gain so much popularity in America that it practically formed its own culture?

By Judy Bluhm October 16, 2022
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Flippy, move over. There is a new tin can in town. Elon Musk debuted Optimus, the “robot of the future.”

By Judy Bluhm October 9, 2022
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Sometimes, we just need a friend. A buddy who will walk miles through a scorching desert, escape the perils of predators, suffer through the wind, rain and dust of monsoons with no map, GPS or cell phone, just to make it up your driveway, saunter in through your open door (or doggy door) and once again, grace your life with a visit.

By Judy Bluhm October 2, 2022

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