Sara Van Donge

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Column - Boredom in store for nonshoppers

I loathe shopping. My mom does, too, so I know where I get it. But when I go on vacation with my family I tend to get sucked into shopping with other people, which may be even worse than shopping alone.

Column: Shaping up has taken many forms over the years

Who doesn’t love to exercise?! OK, well, maybe not love actually exercising, but the feeling of euphoria and success after exercise. Or at least the feeling of self-respect.

Morbid bedtime song remixed by popular demand

Oh frog went courtin’ he did ride, uh-huh Frog went a courtin’ he did ride, uh-huh Sword and pistol by his side Sword and pistol by his side, uh-huh

Deja News - Hot case of spring fever leads to chilly dip

I try to stay lighthearted and not dwell for too long on things that upset me — at least not anywhere public. But this warm late-winter weather makes me suspicious. Oh well. I have always consoled myself with the bleak idea that at least our planet will be fine, even if our species — at least people like me — may not survive a long-term heat wave.

Column: Hats stand head and shoulders over other accessories

I love hats, and collect many different styles. I try to wear a hat every day. A lot of times it’s essential — mainly to keep the sun off my face or my head warm. But I also have my beautiful and useless hats. I have hats for different seasons, hats that have represented different times of my life, and hats that were special gifts.

Better birth date among birthday wishes for some

Everybody seems to think they have the best day for a birthday, even if we all know they are wrong. Some, like my son, who was born on June 21, think they have a pretty good argument: It’s always sunny on his birthday, and it doesn’t matter what day of the week it falls — people can always come to an evening party. Outside. But he doesn’t ever get to have cupcakes or a party at school; he will never know how cool that is. Plus, a lot of his friends miss his party because they end up being on vacation.

Column: Embarrassing parents our lot in life

I know kids are supposed to be embarrassed by their parents sometimes — otherwise, we would probably stay home as a financial burden for the rest of our lives. But my dad seemed to go to a little more effort than my mom to be embarrassing.

Despite bullies' claims, clothes don't truly make the woman

Must-have back-to-school items — schools are full of them. This year it was the latest shoes. The boys were crazy about these huge colorful shoes called Nike Free Runs and the girls were rocking ever more fluffy and expensive Uggs. I dread the day my children start wanting these $150 shoes because there is no way I will want to buy something so expensive for people whose feet are still growing. It is incredible how many of my students wear these overpriced shoes.

Column: Head over heels in love with weddings

I’ve been lucky enough to attend some beautiful weddings lately. I enjoy weddings so much that I often find myself pretty involved.

The search for the right mister

Wet towels. Fans. Frozen hot water bottles. What do these things have in common? They are the lifelines for those of us trying to keep cool without air conditioning.

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