#1: Do not run for office

Running for office in a small town (author’s collection and recollection)

When I was elected to our Town Board several years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. For instance, I didn’t know that I would become an expert in sewage treatment plants. …


Chipmunks hate it — and I have come to love it

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When a friend called recently and asked what I was up to, I told her that I was in the process of ordering fox urine online. Although friends and family are accustomed to me not doing things by the book, this definitely wasn’t a response she was expecting. But I…

Houseguests are coming and the tension is high

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When I was growing up, my parents were happy to welcome guests for a short stay. But they were just as happy to see them go. And, just in case any guests might think about settling in for a longer stay, the sign hanging in our guestroom was enough to…


Bathing suit weather is fast approaching

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Spring is here. The days are turning warmer, and I’m sweating the fact that unless I win the lottery and can purchase my own Caribbean island, I might have to soon appear in public in a bathing suit. Time to take action. The ads for my local fitness center promised…


Buying a new car is about as enjoyable as undergoing a colonoscopy

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As a kid, I once got a shiny new bicycle. The operative word is ‘once.’ That bike lasted me until I grew up and shifted to cars as my means of transportation. Unlike bikes, getting a new car is something that happens far more than just once in a lifetime.


A wellness checkup during a house call

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My health insurance company called recently to schedule a house call for me. A house call? Didn’t those go out with the Eisenhower era? …


Spring: A time to look back

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When Spring arrives, many of us women start thinking about transferring our ‘necessary’ belongings to a different purse. After all, a hard and fast fashion rule gives us permission to wear white and carry a light-colored purse from Easter until Labor Day. And though none of my stashed purses are…

Humorous language

Say what you mean and mean what you say

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Recently someone told me that I was wordy. I was taken aback. What, just because I’ve been known to occasionally turn a five-minute tale into a 20-minute one? But that’s only because I don’t want to leave out any of the important details. No, it turned out that’s not what…


For those who’ve forgotten how much they hated flying

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I read a report recently that travel is making a comeback. I, however, will continue to think twice before booking a flight. …


Drivel as a recipe for unleashing your creativity

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It’s always been my dream to write the Great American Novel. Or maybe even two or three. I have plenty of ideas for what they should be about. And I’ve come up with absolutely amazing titles — like The Wurst is Over, which will be a tell-all about how I…

Ginger Henry Kuenzel

Author, journalist, editor, DE>EN translator. I color outside the lines, but stay on the page. Adirondack native. Humor writer.

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