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For this I pray: Haugh About That?

Staring at the Sears, Roebuck catalog, I flipped through the pages until my eyes became fixated on the bright display of Mattel toys. There, right in the center, sat Barbie, complete with blond ponytail, black zebra bathing suit and hoop earrings. Immediately, I folded my hands and prayed, “Dear God, please tell Santa to bring me her. I promise to be a good girl forever.”

Falling into a deep trance as my request absorbed my thoughts, I felt a willowy presence by my side. Sure it was an angel about to grant my wish, I peeked, only to find my mom staring at me.

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Juvenile invention: The Villaj Idiut

I run a Farmers Insurance agency here in town, and I have to say, it always shocks me when clients call up and ask, “Why is it so expensive to insure my teenager?”

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Just fine: Haugh about that?

Staring at the senseless symbols cluttering my already cloudy understanding, I lowered my face onto the hardbound book and did what any highly hormonal, PMS-ing 16-year-old would do: I wailed hysterically.

“When in the hell will I ever use this stuff?” I blubbered, chucking the algebra book across the room.

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'Tis the season: Here's the reason to give gift of life: A Piece of My Mind

My brother is not allowed to donate blood. He contracted hepatitis while serving in Vietnam.

My brother-in-law is not allowed to donate blood. He was exposed to malaria during his Peace Corps tour in Cameroon.

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Over the rainbow: The Villaj Idiut

I know of a girl.

She’s 13 years old.

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Women warriors: No Shoes, Please

“It’s politically incorrect for a lady to address a gentleman on her knees,” replied Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when asked by a female reporter about Moscow’s controversial airstrikes in Syria that began late last month. Before anyone could react, a stunned and abashed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – who had been standing next to Lavrov – put up both hands as if to ward off blows from the audience of reporters in the room, then both men immediately exited.

I had intended to write on a different topic before I saw the video clip of this astounding display of sexism and disrespect. How is it that a high-ranking, well-educated representative of a modern country addresses in such a condescending (maybe even vulgar) manner any woman in a professional setting – one in which she is asking a legitimate question at an appropriate time?

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The plight of the trees: A Piece of My Mind

The combination of age and water conservation measures is taking its toll all around my neighborhood. There are dead and dying trees on every street.

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