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Judy Bluhm

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Bluhm: Thanksgiving provides plenty of great family memories

Around the Bluhmin' Town

What are you doing on Thanksgiving? Let me guess. Dinner with family or friends and the guest of honor will be a Big Bird. We Americans love our turkey dinner.

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Bluhm: A poignant reminder of how fragile humans can become

She called me Stephanie. Well, my mother is 96 years old and is allowed a bit of confusion.

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Bluhm: Government still finding creative ways to waste money

Want a $1,220 cup of coffee? No, I don’t mean an extra-large, special Pumpkin Spice Latte served in a golden mug.

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AROUND THE BLUHMIN’ TOWN: What Americans spend on Halloween is scary

Are you scared? If I told you that Americans spend a whopping $9 billion on all things related to Halloween, would it cause you to shake in terror?

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Bluhm: Pumpkins add spice to season, but watch out for javelinas

Autumn is the season of longer nights, cooler weather and plenty of giant-pumpkin growing contests. And Pumpkin Spice Lattes, which might make us grow fat as a pumpkin because each cup “weighs in” with around 430 calories!

AROUND THE BLUHMIN’ TOWN: Birds getting drunk?

Drunken birds. Yes, let that sink in for a moment. Impossible? Crazy? Nope, it’s real.

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Bluhm: Searching for the perfect present on mom’s birthday

Do you look forward to your next birthday? My mother just turned 96 and she didn’t seemed too thrilled.

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Bluhm: Something out of a horror movie in Greece: spiders

I have always wanted to go to Greece. Eat delicious food. See the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Maybe have a sip of ouzo. And see spiders.

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Bluhm: Stealing is stealing, no matter how you slice it

She liked her ham. Yes, dear readers, it seems a woman who works in the deli at a Giant Eagle supermarket in Ohio was reported for “stealing” $9,200 worth of ham. How did this happen?

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Bluhm: Fear of mice is a common phobia

There’s a mouse in the house! Yes, that’s right. Running down my hallway, scampering through the kitchen, with long squiggly tail, furry little body, big ears, beady eyes and razor-sharp teeth, this beast has unleashed all manner of rodent terror. “Home sweet home” has become a battle of the wits, a place to fear (what if the mouse got in my bed)!

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Bluhm: We should embrace life’s challenges as we age

I don’t want to grow old. OK, so I know the alternative is not exactly a pleasant thought. And my minister says that, “Old age is a privilege denied to many.” Yes, this is true. It’s just that old age is rough.

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Bluhm: Sometimes the best houseguests have eight legs

It’s a scary world out there. Sometimes, Dear Readers, we just need a friend. A friend who will walk miles through a scorching desert, escape the perils of predators, suffer through the wind, rain and dust of monsoons with no map, GPS or cell phone, just to walk up your driveway, saunter in through your open door and once again, grace your life with a visit.

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AROUND THE BLUMIN’ TOWN: Southwest Airlines connects with mini-horses

Hold your horses! Air travel just got a whole lot more fun.

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AROUND THE BLUMIN’ TOWN: The essence of humanity

Seventeen days. That is how long an orca whale carried the corpse of her dead calf.

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Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Gender of fruit makes a big difference

Have you given much thought as to the sex of papayas lately?

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AROUND THE BLUMIN’ TOWN: The dog days of summer

Did it rain enough? Probably not.

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Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Catching a wave at Imperial Beach

I am a surfer. Alright, I should clarify: I have surfed. Yes, dear readers, I caught one wave, hung ten and went on the long board.

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Bluhm: Following the cave story and how it impacted us all

We were all in that Thai cave. Praying, hoping, waiting that a miracle would happen.

AROUND THE BLUMIN’ TOWN: Figuring out your purpose in life

What is your purpose? Perhaps it is the one question that we all seek to answer.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Hidden treasures tucked away

What’s in your attic? Look carefully, Dear Readers, as a hidden treasure might be tucked away in an unloved shoe box. Before your take all your old “junk” to the thrift store, you might want to check exactly what you have stashed away.

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Around the Bluhmin Town: Danger, danger!

To flip or to flop. That is the question.

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Around the Bluhmin Town: For graduates, the grand adventure begins now

For 3.6 million high school students, the end is near.

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Around the Bluhmin Town: Lettuce not panic

Just because having a salad these days can cause us to become ill, maybe even hospitalized, doesn’t mean that everything green and leafy is contaminated with E. coli.

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Around the Bluhmin Town: The amazing underdog story that was Loyola

Oh, Loyola, how we prayed that you might win!

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Mostly, we help each other

We watch with horror the news coverage of mass murders of school children and then, with further disbelief, the fall-out of blame, outrage, prayers, opinions, accusations, analysis and all manner of political warfare.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Olympics offer a chance to watch the best

The Olympics gave us all the chance to watch the world’s best athletes attempt to achieve the incredible.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Weird-looking cake for Mardi Gras holds surprise

Last week to usher in Mardi Gras, my friend invited me on Fat Tuesday to a ladies luncheon and served King Cake.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: This week we get a once-in-a-lifetime lunar show

A Supermoon, a Blue Moon and a total lunar eclipse.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Get pumped about learning something new, Oregon

The horror coming out of Oregon now that folks might have to pump their own gasoline is nothing short of mind-boggling.

Around the Bluhmin' town: Stock up now, chocolate may disappear

The world is coming to an end. It will not happen because of a crazy guy with a bad haircut in North Korea.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: I won’t be joining any polar plunge anytime soon

Have you ever thought about becoming a polar bear? Dear Readers, there are seriously deranged people in other parts of the world that seem to think running half naked into freezing lakes or 39 degree oceans is a whole lot of fun.

AROUND THE BLUHMIN’ TOWN: Are you ready for 2018? Ready or not, here it is

Are you ready to embrace 2018? Well, ready or not, here it comes. Time, once again, is marching into the beginning of a new calendar, pulling us along with it.

AROUND THE BLUHMIN’ TOWN: Let’s stay healthy this holiday season

I have been wrestling with Santa and it wasn’t a pretty picture. ’Tis the season to be jolly, but sometimes decorating can turn into something slightly less cheery.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I have seen the evidence of the “big approach” to Christmas all around me.

Thanksgiving is great, but that turkey, ugh!

Having turkey? Well I think the big beast of a bird that is the Thanksgiving tradition in America might be staying in the chicken coop this year.

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Around the Bluhmin' Town: Remembering the people behind the parade

Did you enjoy the Veterans Day Parade?

Around the Bluhmin' Town: It’s OK to leave the house, summer is over

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Summer is over!

Around the Bluhmin' Town: If shopping for a purse, bring your own mint

My eyes have been opened (and wallet almost emptied) because I have seen the Purse Promise Land.

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