We do a lot of things wrong in this country. We imprison people without a fair trial. We promote senseless consumerism and encourage hard-working folks to sink deeper into debt. We have a million different kinds of ways to veil all our -isms. But one of the things that makes me proudest as an American is our First Amendment. It …

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I Am My Father’s Daughter

My dad was a WWII baby, which basically meant that all that saving of string and rationing of butter they did when he was little had a profound effect on him. Cut to: Patrick McGrady’s pantry 30 years later, where you’d find no less than 10 pounds of rice, a can of yams larger than a human head, huge box …

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Mother’s Day Edition Part II: Instant Karma Got Me

So here I am being all snarky and crazy because of the all the nutty things my mother is saying. I want to write them down and use them as blogging gold. I will add to my previous post: 1. Whenever you try shoes on you have to make sure you don’t tip over!2. Watch your bag! Watch your bag! …

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40licious: Special Mother’s Day Edition

My mother has come to visit for the weekend. She has brought her dog, Miss Chi, and we are all happily ensconced in our little home here. The good thing about having your mom come visit is that there is always an expanded opportunity for learning! For example! In the last 12 hours, I have learned: 1. That the shell …

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Sound. Tree. Falling. Woods.

I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to pray at this point. My Uncle Mike, the guy who stepped in for my dad when he was alive and after, the guy who led the charge in the biggest battle our family ever waged, the guy who taught me it’s good and important to be funny, might be slipping away from us. He …

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I Don’t Know Why You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

One of the things that happens by the time you get to be 40licious is that you get really good at stuff. Work, your racquetball technique, knowing when to walk away from a roulette table when you’ve still got a pile of chips. But you also get to be good at things that aren’t so nice. Like withstanding the blow …

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Hippie Mom Purse

Every now and then, because I am 40licious and because it’s my site, I will spend a little time on a pedantic retrospective of my career. But I will only load up things I really like. Like this one. Hippie Mom Purse My mother, Colleen Bennett-McGrady, walks me outside our apartment building circa 1969.

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