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Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014
Is "Happily ever after" a myth?
Posted Tuesday, August 19, at 11:18 AM
I have been pondering the power of myths lately, and the question arises--Is the old Cinderella myth of "Happily ever after" true or false? We never find out if Cinderella and Prince Charming had arguments over how much she spent on her ball gowns. Did Sleeping Beauty and her prince fight over how to raise their children?...

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The view from my deck
Posted Tuesday, July 29, at 6:45 PM

On a cool, untypical July evening, I'm sitting on the deck, listening to what must be the most peaceful sound in the world--the soothing coo of a mourning dove. The quarrelsome hummingbirds fight over a spot at my feeder, when there is plenty of room for all of them. In a few hours, I'll be forced to refill their feeder, but right now, I can sit and enjoy their aerial antics...

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Goodbye, 1975!
Posted Friday, July 18, at 5:59 AM

It's 4:30 a.m. on a cooler than normal July morning in the rolling hills of Tillman, Missouri, and I'm thinking about how my life has changed over the last 35 years... It's very quiet in the house, and I'm wondering if my stomach just growled...or if that's the hooting of the barred owl that my daughter heard several nights ago?...

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The cat who wouldn't brush her teeth
Posted Thursday, June 19, at 5:53 AM

Several years ago, my #2 son decided to make his life more simple and mine more complicated by bringing his beautiful, but mentally disturbed gray and white feline Princess Leia to live with me in the scenic wilds of rural Tillman. In my son's defense, his cat's mental state was not his fault. His next door neighbor was irate, because the cat "did potty" in her prize petunias. To placate the neighbor, my son and his lovely wife Laura banished Princess Leia to the confines of their nice big shed...

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Another Mother's Day gone by....
Posted Tuesday, May 20, at 5:01 AM

On Sunday, I dug out my old photo album to look for a picture of my mom and me to post on Facebook. The album is falling apart. Mom put it together in the early fifties, judging from the scrapbook cover with the pink poodles. She used those little corners that you lick and place around the photo to keep it in place...

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Eulogy for a yellow cat
Posted Monday, April 28, at 7:34 AM

Last Friday I said a final good-bye to Louie, the yellow cat who came to live with us 17 years ago, when my husband died. My daughter was hugging him, as he lay on the steel table in the vet's office, and he was purring that outrageous purr, as he quietly embarked on his long sleep...

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A Message from the Queen!
Posted Thursday, April 17, at 7:25 AM

I found this post on a friend's Facebook Timeline this morning. I know I've seen it before, but it bears repeating! (Over and over and over...) A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II...

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Long ago, in a galaxy far away...
Posted Monday, April 7, at 7:49 PM

Last week, I was rummaging through my basement, looking for a grease gun for my son to use on my riding mower deck, when I found a motley crew of 4-inch plastic superheroes in a cardboard box, long forgotten on a shelf. I brought the box upstairs and sat at my computer desk, going through the figures, running my fingers over the memories of the past...

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The smell of memories
Posted Thursday, March 27, at 6:55 AM

I was just cruisin' along on Facebook recently, when this crayon poster stopped me dead. I have to admit, when I look at it, I can swear that I DO smell those broken Crayons! I can close my eyes and remember the feel of them, as I picked them up, choosing which one to use...

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Message to a hacker
Posted Sunday, March 16, at 5:10 PM

Dear Dirt bag, To the person who hacked my email yesterday and my Facebook account today, there are no words strong enough for me to express my contempt for someone as unscrupulous as you. Do you not have enough meaning and usefulness in your life that you can find gainful employment in a respectable occupation which benefits the general public or the business climate of the world?...

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Memories of ice fog
Posted Thursday, March 6, at 7:20 AM

Oh, no! Not again! Yesterday morning, I awoke to see an old friend, peeking in my bedroom window. No, it wasn't a perverted stalker from down the street... It was my old nemesis from Alaska--ice fog! Nighttime temperatures in this region of southeast Missouri have dipped into the single digits, so, when the moisture reached a certain point on the morning of Feb. 5, 2014, ice fog was formed...

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Remembering the Blizzard of '79
Posted Tuesday, February 25, at 8:20 PM

Today is my son Todd's 40th birthday. Yes, it makes me feel old, but that's not the story I'm going to tell. Frankly, everything makes me feel old... Last Wednesday was my son Matthew's 35th birthday, and two days before that was my birthday. Yesterday was Todd's third child's birthday...

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Should I wear my pajamas to Walmart???
Posted Sunday, February 9, at 8:50 AM

It's Sunday morning, and we wake up to another light dusting of snow. I'm wondering why we left the sunny, 92-degree temperatures of southwest Florida. Looking out the back window, I see a neighbor, sweeping off her deck, clad in a black cap, a heavy gray coat, red gloves, and blue patterned pajama bottoms...

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Beautiful poison on the vine
Posted Thursday, January 30, at 10:45 AM

In my yearly winter trips to the sunny south, I have learned that sun-drenched climates attract more than tourists to their tropical shores. Last year, I wrote a story about the boa constrictors that have been turned loose to grow into a huge, invasive species in the warm waters of the Everglades...

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The angels danced the day you were born!
Posted Wednesday, January 15, at 5:10 AM

Today is a special day for me. Thirty-two years ago, I was lying in the delivery room at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, when the doctor said, "It's a girl!" That baby girl was born 19 years after our wedding day, eight years after her older brother's birth, and three years after her younger brother's birth...

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Evil machines run the world!
Posted Saturday, December 28, at 6:51 AM

Keurig, I hate you!!! This morning, I'm sitting in the quiet, dark living room of my daughter's house in Memphis, wishing I had a cup of coffee. I've tried twice, being as quiet as possible, trying not to wake her and her husband, sleeping in the next room, but so far, all I've been able to accomplish is two half-cups of hot water with coffee grounds. About a half-cup of water has leaked out on the cabinet both times...

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Bus travel in the old days
Posted Saturday, December 14, at 11:14 AM

The way it is I have to admit that I haven't thought much about bus travel in the last 30 years, but the topic has been on the news lately, since there have been so many accidents. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 700 million passengers a year travel by bus. I had no idea it was that big these days. That's as many as travel on domestic air carriers...

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Winter reveries
Posted Sunday, December 8, at 8:14 AM

Pardon me if I wax nostalgic on this Sunday morning, as I look outside the window at an eleven-inch Missouri snow. I'm at a friend's house, and I forgot to bring my boots, when I left home... I also forgot to turn the light on in the pump house, so I'm feeling pretty stupid...

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How I got my students to read Chaucer
Posted Tuesday, November 26, at 9:21 AM

Sometimes teachers have to be sneaky! I recently received a notice for the newspaper from Advance Choral Music Director Allison Page, and, I must admit that her announcement has sent my memory sliding back to my early teaching days. It seems that this year's December Madrigal Feast will feature the story of the "The Wife of Bath."...

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Denying the Past
Posted Tuesday, November 19, at 5:57 AM

A sad situation Once again, I am awake in the wee hours of the morning, sitting at my computer in the dark, with something on my mind. Hello, old friend, I know you will listen to my story. Facebook has become a remarkable tool for far-distant members of a family to either reconnect with one another or to severe all connections...

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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