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Laura's Corner

I work very hard and am attending college to obtain my degree in the Human Service field. Writing makes me feel alive and gives me the opportunity to touch those whom I would not be able to otherwise. Last but not least, I have been blessed with two amazing daughters who love me completely and support my dreams. Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or feedback.



This popular saying comes to mind now that that holiday season ends.  Although sales were down, I am sure that some of us received gifts.  Although some were left to be desired, others were truly on our wish lists.  For myself, I received some financial gifts, yet the most important gift I received was a clean house.  My youngest purchased me a food chopper (probably to save her eyes from those dreaded onions), storage containers and also a Betty Boop calendar.  And of course we know, Betty was the original 40’s are the new 30’s woman.  (Thank you so much for making curves the “in” thing Betty!)

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My Dear Friend:

First off, I know you have a really busy life.  I know this economy has brought most of us down.  In fact, there are so many in this country suffering financial losses, the number is too great to count. 

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Alright, so once in a while I read the paper in the office.  While glancing through, I tend to look at the obituaries.  The reason being is because I love to read how much the person was cared about and loved.  I love to hear tales of how some lived their lives. 

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I don’t know about you, but life as a single person is quite interesting.  I look around and view couples, or those I believe are in happy relationships.  Dating, engaged or married, most look settled, somewhat comfortable.  Yet, once in a while, you meet that couple that just doesn’t seem to fit.  You know, the ones who never see eye to eye or agree on anything.  I don’t know about you, but I would rather be alone than miserable even 5% of my life with someone else.

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Has anyone read the recent article where many of our countries billionaires have lost unspeakable amounts of their vast wealth?  One man, who had upwards of 20 billion is said to now “only” have approximately 10 billion due to his financial losses.  Although I would like to say I feel sorry for these particular people, I really do not. 

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I recall as a young girl that smoking in our household was a normal occurrence.  My parents probably smoked two packs a day, each.  The cigarettes were always in our kitchen cupboard, above the telephone.  Way back then, our phone had an actual cord on it.  For those of us who remember way back then, it would be somewhere between rotary dial and cordless.  Or, as my daughters would say, somewhere between the birth of Christ and Napoleon Dynamite. 

I recall smoking being a part of my life and most of my friend’s lives as well.  Statistics state that if your parents smoked, chances are, you will smoke as well.  Believe it or not, out of the four girls in my own family, only one has chosen that path.  I have to admit, though, that a couple of years ago I met someone who I became great friends with.  She was a smoker, I was not.  Yet, each and every Friday, she would offer, and I would decline.  Yet, after a couple of months, I decided to try one.  I mean, it had been since my first attempt in high school, so what the heck, right?  I inhaled, and immediately felt light headed.  It felt good.  Since our night out was Friday, I noticed that I could not wait until that night.  I just had to have that cigarette, or two.  I made a very difficult decision and quit cold turkey.  Sure, it was not as if I was hard core, but it could have gotten there eventually.

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Does everyone remember their first kiss?  I know I sure do.  Although It happened eons ago I still remember so much about that exact moment.

I recall that summer so well.  I remember walking through a school playground and meeting a boy.  Way back then the guys rode dirt bikes.  Mongooses, or something of the sort.  It was cool and just the in thing to do.  I remember what I was wearing the very day I met this boy.  Red shorts and a checkerboard top from Marriott's Great America (aka Six Flags).  It was one of my very favorite outfits.  I thought I looked hot!  Well, he must have too because he showed interest and followed me through the playground.  

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If you read the paper on a daily basis, you might have run across this little ditty:

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