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    In a Pair of Wal-Mart Sneakers

    Moseying through Wal-Mart the other day my eyes landed on a familiar pair of sneakers. A feather light pair of gray men’s shoes with velcro fasteners, priced at a mere $14.00. Recognizing them immediately, I picked them up off the shelf and held them for a second. They felt just as cheap as they looked. I couldn’t imagine them holding up through any normal day to day routine. There could be nothing comfortable or even safe about them, especially for the rigid daily grind of the man I knew that wore them. Maybe it was the pregnancy hormones, but suddenly, I was overcome with an immense wave of love and…

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    Gobs: A Tribute to the North

    Most people call them “Whoopie Pies”, but where I’m from, they’re “Gobs.” Gobs of chocolate and gobs of cream, gobs of deliciousness, and gobs of memories. The sight of a Gob does more than make my mouth water. It invokes a flood of sweet childhood memories like the elation of toddling into a kitchen to find Mom baking them, and seeing all those chocolate cookies lying eye level across the table. Or Mom setting aside that last little bit of dough for me to use in my Easy Bake Oven. And tea parties with the people remodeling our house always included Gobs. In fact, I thought Mom made them just…