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    GALLOPIN’ GRANDMA: New Year, New Nonsense

    Jackson, WY – It’s the new year again and the time has come to make all those resolutions we have no intention of keeping. I will explain with a cautionary tale. A friend of mine decided that...

    • Posted January 26, 2016
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    GALLOPIN’ GRANDMA: Attack of the Cookie Monster

    Store-bought confections are good enough for Santa, and for me. Jackson, WY – I was recently approached by someone who should have known better to take part in a fancy, high society Christmas cookie exchange. I was to...

    • Posted December 22, 2015
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  • It’s 1918 and my relatives are either hunting for a Thanksgiving turkey or attacking the neighbors for a bath.
    GALLOPIN’ GRANDMA: I did it once, don’t make me do it again

    Nuts to traditions that weren’t that great the first time round. Jackson, WY – Once upon a time, a bunch of tourists were dumped on a rocky beach in New England. They didn’t want to be there,...

    • Posted November 17, 2015
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  • In 1929, my mother picked this man, my dad, for a husband. She thought he was a snappy dresser... (Photo: gallopin’ grandma)
    GALLOPIN’ GRANDMA: Of Life and Buffet Lines

    When the options are plentiful, judicious decisions are a must at restaurants and beyond. Jackson, WY – Not long ago I paid many large bucks for a ticket to a fancy charity dinner. It promised me a...

    • Posted October 27, 2015
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  • Gallopin’ Grandma’s grandmother, Blanche, at the Sioux City Airport in 1945. She is trading in her helicopter parenting for a B-29 bomber. (Photot: Gallopin’ Grandma)
    GALLOPIN’ GRANDMA: Halt Helicopter Parenting

    ‘Submarine Parenting’ is a better method Jackson Hole, Wyoming – A recent email from my friend LaWanda back in my hometown of Corn Cob, Iowa, relates the details of the latest Corn Cob nut attack. It seems that...

    • Posted September 22, 2015
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    GALLOPIN’ GRANDMA: Humbled by the apron

    Learning lessons of humanity and humiliation from the service industry Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Around this time of the year, the air is filled with the gladsome cries of recent graduates looking forward to a wondrous future,...

    • Posted August 18, 2015
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  • Gallopin’ Grandma on a date in Hawaii. It wasn’t the worst date she’s ever had and he wasn’t bad kisser, either.
    GALLOPIN’ GRANDMA: Dating tribulations

    Online and off-line romance can be tough Birds do it, bees do it and I bet you do it, too Do what, you say? Well, let me tell you a story. Sometime ago, far away in Africa,...

    • Posted July 8, 2015
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  • This is my husband, in 1999, at a University of Minnesota football game. He was without shame and embarrassed everybody. PHOTO: JEAN WEBBER
    GALLOPIN’ GRANDMA: A guide to driving your kids nuts

    Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Once upon a time, one of my darlings asked me if it was olden times when I was a child. I told her to go play in traffic. Then she wanted to know...

    • Posted May 19, 2015
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  • Gallopin’ Grandma at age 11 being waterboarded in some weird Nebraska ritual. (Photo credit: Jean Webber)
    GALLOPIN’ GRANDMA: Fifty Shades of I could care less

    Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Once upon a time there was an especially luscious praying mantis named Iris. She was tall and slim and green and all the guys were nuts about her. Mantis guys are sort of...

    • Posted March 18, 2015
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  • Nebraska 1924: My mother and friends after escaping from the fashion 5-0. (Photo credit: Jean Webber)
    GALLOPIN’ GRANDMA: Lifelong fashion police fugitive

    Jackson Hole, Wyoming – A few years ago when I was in high school, my mother made me an Easter outfit. It was a pink, and I mean pink, corduroy suit. I chose to accessorize my ensemble...

    • Posted February 17, 2015
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