Heather Ijames

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    HEATHER IJAMES: Husbands', wives' definitions of 'good husband' collide

    By Heather Ijames
    Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 04:05 PM

    I came across an article with which I have to take issue. In so doing, it might appear I'm picking on husbands, but I'm not. I only want to address a wife's point of view of an article from www.GoodMenProject.com.

    I also want to disclose that my husband reads all my articles before they print, and has ultimate authority on whether I can share things with you. So no, I'm not taking public potshots at my man. I'm doing the only thing anyone can (or should) do with this medium: generalize. Finally, like many of my other articles, you should read this tongue-in-cheek. (Even though I tend to have a spiked tongue.)

    The article is called "Are Husbands Really Jerks? Or Do Their Wives Just Think They Are?" (I substituted the word "jerks" for a...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: My long lost daughter -- a new puppy

    I went ahead and caved, getting a new puppy after we had lost our other dog. I've had only Boston Terriers for years, and while I still think they are one of the smartest, family-friendly small breeds out there, I wanted something...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: The good, bad of Lady Liberty's open heart

    I recently spent a day at the Federal Building in Los Angeles getting expedited passports, and something odd struck me about the masses waiting alongside us. Although we were in the same boat --needing a passport ASAP --the majority of the...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: Marriage cliches that don't always work

    It's wedding time. Many couples get married or are celebrating their anniversaries in these surrounding weeks, myself included. If your marriage is like mine, a hearty sense of humor is quintessential. I mean, if Charles and I couldn't...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: The pain of putting down a dog

    We recently had to put one of our dogs down. Old age, heart failure and bad kidneys for Rocco, a 12-year-old Boston Terrier. Bostons have a 12-to-15-year life expectancy, so it wasn't a surprise per se, but we had hoped his passing would...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: A butterfly habitat helps in child rearing

    I bought one of those live butterfly gardens from Insect Lore Bugseum, which starts out as a cup of caterpillars and is supposed to turn into five butterflies. Although I'd heard I might have to touch them, or touch near them when they...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: The ups and downs of middle life

    This middle-aged business is quite a pickle. It comes with this feeling that I'm stuck between two parts of life, filled with both pros and cons. PRO: I earn more money. CON: Earn was the operative verb, not have. Nowadays, I have to...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: A workout nightmare is when lunges, torture collide

    I had postponed working out last week until I found myself on a Sunday needing to squeeze in one last workout before Monday. In preparation for this dreaded workout, I procrastinated by hopping on Facebook. There, I found an advert for a...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: My non-reliable program for buying your next vehicle

    I received many opinions and ideas on how to buy my next car. My conclusion, though, is I really didn't execute any of it right. I got a decent deal, but I know it could've been better. I had the help of my mother and brother, with a...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: The pure torture of clam chowder

    I'm not a fan of taking my children with me to the vet for the simple fact that they act more rabid than most animals. But our dog was sick, and I nabbed the last appointment for the day, children in tow. Prior to the vet's arrival in the...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: Bookstore's closure brings particular pain to author

    I feel a particular, painful pang at the closing of Russo's Books at The Marketplace. About a year ago, I had a great book signing there. I was floored with the outpouring of clientele showing up on that Saturday, treading that familiar...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: There's no motivation like a stick-fort war

    We had three sisters, the husbands, and eight kids in one house for a weekend in the mountains. The lot of cousins immediately took to the woods and built two stick forts. Everything was great until the young teenagers got there. Not from...

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    HEATHER IJAMES: Doing thankful goes beyond being thankful

    A trend started a few years ago on Facebook where users post what they're thankful for on each day of November. Something about the ritual struck me this year, though. I almost felt an ambivalence toward the influx of posts. I'm probably...

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