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Best Medicine

Best Medicine - 1

Dear Ann, You know that science has proven that laughing is good for you, right? This morning, thanks to Twitter and Norma, I have been laughing so hard at Damn You, Auto Correct that Olive is trying to call 911 on me. The auto corrects themselves are very funny, but what has me hysterical to the point of airway obstruction are the reactions– shocked, bemused, offhand– by the recipients of these odd messages. (My fave so far is a...

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Glad and a Little Sad

Glad and a Little Sad - 1

Dear Ann, What a hoot! Readers were very generous with clever and silly suggestions of Halloween getups for Olive. I now have a master list to draw from, and knit from, in years to come. Olive, who seems to enjoy Apparel, and being the subject of fussing, will not greet trick or treaters in her birthday suit. THE GLAD The winner of the drawing for the stack o’ books is Lou H., whom I’ve emailed. Congrats, Lou! Try not to...

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Our Favorite Little Black Fruit

Our Favorite Little Black Fruit - 1

Dear Ann, Kind reader Elizabeth D. sends breaking news: August is Celebrate Olive month! For reals! There’s a whole website about it! They have some interesting suggestions on how to observe Celebrate Olive Month. Number 8: “Sign up for school snack duty: Send the kids in with a few cans of California Ripe Olives (and a can opener).” I’m not sure I want my kids known as Those Kids (Who Brought Canned Olives To...

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First Annual Olive Bergmann Festival of Songs About Dogs

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Dear Ann, You may have wondered, with a sinking, sure knowledge, “Is Kay going to be one of those people who celebrates her dog’s birthday?” Why yes. Yes I am one of those people. (I know! It’s awful!) Olive is one year old today. She loves the popular music of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s (chewable formats only, vinyl preferred). To mark the occasion, a few classics, certified Helen Reddy-free. I heard this one in...

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How To Bore Your Dog

How To Bore Your Dog - 1

Dear Ann, Don’tcha hate it when a blogger says they’re working on secret knitting, and they get all CIA about it? Olive finds this very boring. But what can I do? I’m working on Secret Knitting. It’s for a pal. Let’s just say that it has taken on A Life of Its Own. There is no aspect of this project that Olive doesn’t think is boring. Sure, it cushions the stones on the patio, and it’s mildly...

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