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Terri Schlichenmeyer

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Vatican Diaries' details eye-opening stories of scandal, politics behind papal walls

You and God had a little talk this morning.. You told Him about your day ahead: what you wished for, the people who needed Him especially today, the ideas you had and troubles you carried.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Holy Spokes' the perfect bike reference book for teens

Dad said you can't have the car this weekend.. That's OK.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Dr. Ruth offers ways to avoid burnout in 'Guide for Alzheimer's Caregiver'

Your mother scared the daylights out of you last week.. She said she was going for a quick walk but when she didn't return three hours later, you went looking for her.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Amistad Rebellion' is an exciting, horrifying, triumphant tale

History is filled with half-truths, especially about our heroes.. Lincoln, for instance, wasn't the stern, humorless man that old photos lead you to believe.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'New Geography of Jobs' explains why globalization benefits employment market

So far, you've resisted.. You've resisted closing up shop, selling your business, downsizing yourself out of a job.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: In "Saturday Night Widows," young women cope with their husbands' early deaths

You never paid close enough attention to the "part" part.. You were young (too young!) and in love when you walked down the aisle, nervous and sparkly-eyed.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Far from dry and boring, 'Black Firsts' will surprise you

Long and slow. That's how you'd describe every line you've ever stepped into.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Furry friend nudges an opening into solitary life of autistic boy

Once again, you can't find the wrapping paper.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'The Saint' explores the real nitty-gritty of Santa's roots

Naughty or nice?. Yep, you've been both this year. You've been nice because it's the right thing to do, it gives you a warm-fuzzy, and you want to make the world a better place.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Skeptic transformed into a believer in 'Proof of Heaven'

Nobody packs a suitcase like you do.. A weekend away? No problem.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Educate yourself on the dangers of youth sports with 'Concussions'

The game, as they say, is the thing.. It's the thing at your house, that's for sure. Ever since your child's friends started playing sports at school, it's been the No. 1 topic around. He craves competition.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Terrible childhood secrets haunt "Your House Is on Fire"

When you were young, you couldn't wait to escape.. Your old hometown was boring.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Cancer survivors will appreciate humor, strength in 'The Dog Lived'

Your dog gets the best of care.. Before you give him toys, you make sure the squeaker isn't a choking danger.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Rowling's first post-HP novel, "Casual Vacancy," leaves magic behind

When you're gone, you'll leave behind many important things.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Hidden America' sheds light on jobs that keep the country moving

It gets dark earlier now, which means you reach for the lights earlier, too.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Trickster's Point' a mystery with rich characters, lots of tension

How well did you know the kids you played with?. Back when you were young, you might've said you knew them well.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: "Fire in the Ashes" follows the not-so-happy-ending stories of poor families

Everybody looks different, but they haven't changed a bit.. The classmates at your reunion got older, that's for sure. Some have gotten a little wider, a bit grayer, too, and more lined than they were decades ago.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Scientist struggles to prevent spread of AIDS in "No Time to Lose"

It's 10 minutes after the hour, and you've done it again.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Kids can battle summer boredom with 'Get Outside'

Your Mom is awfully tired of you.. She's tired of you running up and down stairs, in and out doors, from kitchen to bedroom. She's tired of your noise from video games, talky toys, TV shows and electronics.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: "The Dog Who Danced" will do a two-step on your heart

Who could resist that little urchin face?. The dog staring at you from your computer screen sure was a cutie.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Learn how not to worry in "Freeing yourself from Anxiety"

You barely got a wink of sleep last night.. It started when the boss, on her way out the door, said she needed to meet with you.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Author chronicles 'dates' with female friends in 'MWF Seeking BFF'

There's an impressive number of friends on your Facebook page. Nearly all your high school classmates are there. You've friended everybody at your current, last and one-before jobs.All your college chums are connected with you, as are two friends of your mother's, your mother, some old boyfriends, and people you don't know well but friended anyhow.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Learn how to reuse materials in "Building with Secondhand Stuff"

So how can you get a new look -- or a new shed, garage, outbuilding, or playhouse for the kids -- for cheap or for free?Start with the ideas in "Building with Secondhand Stuff" by Chris Peterson.

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SCHLICHENMEYER: It's time to treat yourself to a gift from this Best of 2011 book list

You were such an efficient shopper this year. You remembered everybody on your list: the kids, the spouse, Grandma and Great Aunt Judy. None of the cousins went without a gift this year. You even remembered the neighbors and your boss.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: "Patients Kick and Bite" offers humor, charm, little heartbreak

Your job is no piece of cake.. You have to work hard at it. It requires serious thought, dexterous fingers, good eyes, and fast feet. You need tact, patience, negotiating skills, and the soul of a Zen master.. Your job takes practice. Not everybody can do it.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Children find holiday magic in 'Loneliest Christmas Tree'

What are the things you're dreaming about this Christmas?

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'The Puppy that Came for Christmas'

You kind of know what you want for Christmas.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Learn the stories behind each Michael Jackson album in 'Man in the Music'

In the new book "Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson" by Joseph Vogel, you'll read about what went into those songs and everything in between.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Thanksgiving Graces' teaches children the real meaning of why we gather for the holiday

When you have abundance, it's always nice to share. And as you'll see in the book "Thanksgiving Graces" by Mark Kimball Moulton, illustrated by David Wenzel, when you give, you also get back.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Thanksgiving Graces' teaches children the real meaning of why we gather for the holiday

As far back as you can remember, your parents have taught you that sharing is the right thing to do.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Kids will snuggle under the blankets for "Staying Awake"

You might not remember but for many years, you slept in a crib. It had four high sides so you didn't fall out and soft places so you didn't bump your head.. These days, though, you sleep in a big-kid bed and it's huge. There's plenty of room for

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: "Goat woman" offers riveting island mystery

You were so sorry.. Of all the things you regret, this one is right at the top. The bad haircut, that horrible outfit you loved at the time, things lost or lent and never found -- those are all unimportant.. No, you're most remorseful for the thing you didn't do

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: P.T. Barnum dazzled audiences with 'mermaids,' little people and a traveling circus

The first time you saw somebody working with lions and tigers, you knew that was what you wanted to do.. It was soooo cool. Those cats were roaring and showing their fangs. They seemed really angry, but they did exactly what the trainer wanted.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Aging plow horse becomes a heron in "Eighty-Dollar Champion"

They said you were worthless. You'd never amount to anything.. No good. Not worth the time. And just like that, you were written off, completely and irrevocably dismissed.. Discouraging? Yes, but scenes like this tend to fan the spark of defiance inside each of us, compelling us to boldly prove

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: "Life Gets Better" extols the pleasures of growing older

The first one was easily dealt with. You plucked it and threw it away, and you made a mental note: buy hair dye. But then that one gray strand was accompanied by others, followed by wrinkles and an increasing number of failing body parts.. You wonder what's next.. You wonder

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Tia Isa' teaches kids the benefits of saving money

The other day, while you were playing outside, you found something small on the ground. It wasn't much, just a penny.. There's not a lot you can do with a penny anymore. It's not enough to buy candy or gum and it takes bunches of them to buy a toy

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SCHLICHENMEYER: 'History of Marriage' an engaging read for wedding lovers

The diamond is firmly on your finger, third from the thumb, left hand, snuggled next to your pinky. It's a beautiful ring, sparkly and just as meaningful as the ceremony at which you got it.

'Longevity Project' offers sound advice to living a long, healthy life

When you reflect on the years you've lived, you're content. Sure, there have been times when everything seemed lower than a worm's belly but, overall, you've been blessed by friends, family and happiness.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'You Know When' is first can't-miss of 2011

Rumors have been flying around for days, but you don't need them to know that something's going on with the neighbors.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Willow' offers a gentle look at making friends with a sourpuss

But what if someone is a grouch? What if no other kid wants to befriend the grump? In the new book "Willow and the Snow Day Dance" by Denise Brennan-Nelson, illustrated by Cyd Moore, you'll see what happens when you make friends with a sourpuss.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Burial for a King' a must-read for fans of social, cultural history

In days of old, when someone messed with a king, he was usually thrown in the dungeon without trial or jury. Justice was swift and mercy was rare. That's because, oftentimes, the king held things together. Loved or hated, he was a force to be reckoned with. He had power and powerful friends, and messing with him wasn't advised. On that subject, little has changed through the centuries, as you'll see in "Burial for a King" by Rebecca Burns.

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BOOK REVIEW: Authors share frugal tips in 'How to Shop For Free'

Every year, you say you're going to do it, but you never do.

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