DOLLS IN THE TOY BOX

When I was a little girl, baby dolls didn't "do" anything. We dressed them in frilly clothing, carried them around (often by an arm or a leg), and pushed them around the neighborhood in a stroller. When we got bored with them, we tossed them into the toybox. In later years, manufacturers added features making…

HEY, NATURE! SHUT THE HECK UP!

I haven't had a good night's sleep since I moved from a busy subdivision to a semi-rural area. In spite of what you may have heard, there is nothing tranquil about nighttime in the country. When I moved here, I anticipated quiet nights of restful slumber, leaves rustling in the gentle breeze through an open…

FAKE FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Just like in the 1980s movie Poltergeist, "They're b-a-a-a-ck." In the mid-1990s, there was a trend in lawn decor which consisted of life-sized silhouettes of plywood people (often painted all black), leaning against trees, bent over flower beds, or just captured in mid-stride across the yard. Occasionally, there was a bear or other animal. It…