Valerie Schultz

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Austerity was difficult -- and now I miss it

    Five years ago, the economic planets aligned in our universe, and not in a good way. The nationwide recession and resulting tightening of credit, combined with pay cuts in the form of state furlough days for my husband and me, as well as...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Grief is dark shadow over these early summer weeks

    My sister calls it the trifecta, although without the happy connotation of that word: the window of time every year from Father's Day in June to our dad's birthday in July. In between is Independence Day, the date of our dad's death. The...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Messages never get lost when you google God in prayer

    The Internet search engine Google has triumphed in its global invasion. It has stormed the beach and taken over the world. Google is so ubiquitous that the noun has become a verb: we routinely use Google to google something. The late Nora...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Old books tell stories from another time

    Browsing a second-hand bookstore offers hours of pleasure to book lovers like me. Every city has its dusty corners of used books, places that act like a drug on us book addicts. Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon, for example, a...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Confronting -- and dodging -- the cancer bullet

    The words in the letter were alarming: another mammogram and an ultrasound were indicated by my recent mammogram. Call this number for an appointment, said the letter. The letter did not say which breast was my potential betrayer. So when...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: This California transplant has gone native

    "Look at those people," my dad used to say on every New Year's Day that we lived in Connecticut, as he watched the Rose Bowl Parade on television. "Those people are in their shirtsleeves! While I'm shoveling snow! " He was so impressed...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Leaving Mass early leaves a lot behind

    When you grow up Catholic, you learn early that Sunday Mass is non-negotiable. Unless you are dying, or certifiably contagious, you go to Mass. I was in school before I had a friend who was not Catholic, whose denomination did not require...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Grad protests an honorable right and duty

    "Father, father Everybody thinks we're wrong Oh, but who are they to judge us Simply because our hair is long ..." -- "What's Going On," Marvin Gaye This has been the Spring of Disinvitation for speakers at university commencement...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Sometimes, the creative well just runs dry

    It's early Tuesday morning, the last possible moment to send my weekly column proposal to my patient editor, and I've got nothing. I keep a calendar of my column topics, and I've built a weird nest in the corner of my desk out of little...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: What, exactly, makes a perfect Mother's Day?

    The perfect Mother's Day may be an illusion, sponsored by Hallmark. Mother's Day can be like the scene of an accident, where speeding expectations have crashed into reality. My mother wanted eggs Benedict every Mother's Day, and I...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Dating your mate reminds you why you fell in love

    In retrospect, the fact that our first date was to a dance concert is significant. My husband-to-be and I were college students in 1978 when we attended a performance on campus of a visiting dance troupe from Atlanta. After the show, we...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Take heart -- soy products are here to stay

    National Soyfoods Month is almost over, so I hope everyone has been eating lots of soy products for the past four weeks of April. But possibly not: I know more people who harbor a suspicious aversion to anything soy than those who partake...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Feeling the spirituality of Easter

    Easter dawns differently when you don't have little kids at home to anticipate the joy of hunting for colored eggs and candy. The box of Easter decorations gathers dust in the garage. We no longer have to pack egg salad in our lunchboxes...

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