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Deborah Paul and Her Master Chef Jr.

Could my granddaughter’s heart possibly be as full as mine? Does she appreciate the meaning of these moments, that they will endure long after the cooking aromas subside?

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Sprain Wreck: Deborah Paul on Empathy

The following days were hell. I fell flat-out in our foyer attempting to answer the door, at which point my elbows were bruised as well.

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Prep Schooled: Deborah Paul on the Trend’s Return

When I was this magazine’s managing editor, the editor-in-chief asked—nay, required—that I parrot the book ‘The Official Preppy Handbook,’ localizing the author’s directives. I wrote “Indy’s Guide to Prep” in 1981.

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Deborah Paul Wants the Ripe Stuff

No offense to our neighbors in Mexico or Chile, but I don’t want their produce, or anything grown upside-down in a hothouse. I want Mom’s.

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Bigger Picture: Deborah Paul on Grandchildren

Robert Frost famously said everything he learned about life could be summed up in three words: “It goes on.” This is the season of the next generation—and the next after that.

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Deborah Paul’s Animal Attraction

This past winter, our attic became a haven for flying squirrels. These small tree-dwellers, a protected species in Indiana, banged around over our heads for nearly a week before we gave up and called a wildlife-management organization.

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Tuned Out: Deborah Paul on Playing an Instrument

My mother insisted I know how to read music even if I couldn’t perform it, and maybe that was good enough.

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Off the Clock: Deborah Paul on Retirement

I needed air. I felt like my Aunt Rose, who, during bouts of heart failure, would venture out onto her condo balcony to catch her breath.

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Phil Gulley: The Girl Next Door

As I write this, my wife and I are expecting our first grandchild, Madeline. The level of excitement, as you can imagine, is high.

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The Hoosierist: Dropping the Ball

How did the Pacers get their name? And why do some IndyGo buses make a melodic whistling noise?

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The Hoosierist: Pronounced Flaw

During his Southern Indiana childhood, The Hoosierist freely used this pseudo-word.

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Who’s the Boss? Deborah Paul on Discipline

If kids knew what to do, they’d be adults. It’s our job to turn them into the latter.

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Class Dismissed: Thoughts on Education

Amid all the chatter surrounding Common Core standards—what education is essential and what is not—I hear a lot about college prep but not enough about prep for life.