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A Milestone and an Announcement

January 5, 2018
 
Although many of you post every day and have long since achieved this milestone, I’m proud to announce my thousandth post here at Chubby Chatterbox. In 2011 my son CJ encouraged me to create a blog to create an audience for my writing, which I seem to be doing less and less these days.
           
Over the years I’ve met many great people online ...

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Going...Going...Gone!

January 3, 2018
 
I’m a creature of habit, and once I find a product I like I’m intensely loyal. I’m also usually out of the mainstream and whatever I like isn’t popular. When Mrs. Chatterbox and I shop for furniture I always make a dash to the clearance room, where something often catches my eye.
 
Over the years, many of my favorite food items have vanished. I understand that nothing lasts forever ...

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2018
 
 
 
 
I hope everyone survived New Year's Eve and is waking up without a terrible hangover. Mrs. Chatterbox and I went to see "Darkest Hour" at eight p.m. (It was great).  We were home to see the ball drop at midnight.
 
I hope everyone has a safe, rewarding and serene 2018. Happy New Year from Casa Chatterbox.
 
 
 
 
 
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Sometimes a Turban is Just a Turban

December 29, 2017
Mrs. Chatterbox has informed me that at a recent Christmas gathering I made an offensive comment. I was surprised, and had no idea what she was talking about. Granted, I was self-employed for many years before retiring and might not be up on all the new ways to offend people, but I always try to speak politely, taking people’s feelings into consideration.
 
“What did I say that was offensive?” ...

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A Mystery

December 27, 2017
Mrs. Chatterbox and I are puzzled by a mystery—the disappearance of a family member.
           
By 2005, having had enough of Oregon winters, we decided to move to Arizona. Before flying to Phoenix, we contacted a realtor and placed our townhouse on the market. At the time, we shared our lives with an adorable Corgi named Ellie, who we kenneled before heading ...

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Christmas 2017

December 24, 2017
 
 
 
It's hard to believe that Christmas is here already. It's a bittersweet time for me since my mother passed away last Christmas Eve, an hour after my last visit with her. She died on the same day as Scrooge's partner, Marley, and somehow I think that coincidence would have pleased her. Our sadness is brightened by the arrival of a daughter-in-law, who we love dearly.
 
I won't be near my computer ...

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Online Shopping

December 22, 2017
 
 
 
I’m not a great gift giver so this time of year can be challenging. Mrs. Chatterbox and I aren’t in need of anything and most of our desires have long since been met. Our son CJ loves Christmas and is practically one of Santa’s elves. He lavishes the people he loves with remarkable generosity. He recently told me that he’d gone to the local mall to pick up a few gifts and ...

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Big & Small

December 20, 2017
 
 
 
Mrs. Chatterbox and I have been married for forty-three years, and in that time I’ve come to realize that her intelligence is greater than mine. But every now and then she’ll say something outrageous that makes me throw back my head and wonder, “What the F*#K!”
           
Case in point: recently, Mrs. C. was lunching ...

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Brontosaurus Ribs for Christmas

December 18, 2017
 
 
I recently saw an online statistic claiming that more than seventy percent of American families enjoyed prime rib for Christmas dinner. At Casa Chatterbox we’ll also be having prime rib.
           
Years ago, shortly after we were married, Mrs. Chatterbox decided to roast our first prime rib for Christmas. A few days before the holiday we drove ...

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A Few Travel Tips

December 15, 2017
Although we’re not travel experts, Mrs. Chatterbox and I have traveled to nearly forty countries and we’ve learned a few things over the years. These tips might come in handy on your next trip.
 
 #1. When dining in Europe, Spain and Italy in particular, expect to eat late, around nine or ten o’clock. Siesta time in warm countries bordering the Mediterranean, usually between 2-4 in ...

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Face Off

December 13, 2017
 
 
 
 
I seem to be spending less time writing these days with most of my creative energy going to painting and drawing.
 
Before closing my studio space in our cold garage and moving indoors to pursue charcoal drawing, I painted a portrait of our local mayor, just for fun, and an oil sketch of a young man I found on the Internet.
 
This portrait is of Mayor Denny Doyle. I was prompted ...

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Secret Language

December 11, 2017
 
 
Yesterday I “booped” my wife.
 
It’s not what you think. We were Christmas Shopping and she got lost. She says I was the one who got lost, but that’s beside the point. I couldn’t find her—so I booped her. A few heads turned, but no one said anything.
 
It all began when CJ was around two years old. Our family room couldn’t have been farther from CJ’s ...

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One of Life's Great Mysteries

December 8, 2017
There are many mysteries in the world: what happened to Amelia Earhart: how has the Loch Ness Monster remained hidden for so long; did D.B. Cooper survive jumping out of that plane? But I have a contender for the biggest mystery of all—women’s purses.
 
Reaching into them makes me quiver, like plunging my hand into a pumpkin. Mrs. Chatterbox will infrequently ask me to pluck something from her purse, ...

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Power of Music

December 6, 2017
Regular readers know that my grandfather played a significant role in my life, but until now I haven’t mentioned that Grandpa and his two older brothers were orphaned when Grandpa was five years old. They’d been living on Terceira, a poverty-stricken island in the Azores and no relatives had the resources to take in three hungry mouths.
           
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A Complicated Question

December 4, 2017
This week the Supreme Court is going to hear a case I have mixed feelings about. A gay couple is suing a baker for refusing to make a wedding cake. The baker claims he can refuse this couple on religious grounds because he and his church don’t support same-sex marriages.
 
It seems to me that baking, especially something as elaborate as a wedding cake, is an art. As an artist myself, I can’t imagine ...

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Peculiarities #8

December 1, 2017
My mother passed away on Christmas Eve last year and I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately.
 
Over the years, Mrs. Chatterbox and I struggled to find suitable gifts for my parents. Dad liked everything and was easy to please, but Mom was a challenge.
 
Forty years ago, Mrs. C. and I purchased an antique spinet desk and we needed a lamp to set on it. After a long search, we spotted a desk lamp in an ...

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Adding Insult to Injury

November 29, 2017
Many of us are aware of the significant role Navajo Americans played during World War II. U.S. forces were unable to create a code the Japanese couldn’t break, until someone had a brilliant idea— use Navajo, an oral language indecipherable by the Japanese, as a code.
 
This week, Donald Trump once again proved himself unfit for the presidency when he denigrated a U.S. senator with a racial slur during ...

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