Lynn is a Jill-of-all-trades and master-of-absolutely-nothing which is fine with her, out-of-the-box thinker who spent her working life trying to have as much fun as possible while getting paid for it.

While never diagnosed with ADD, Lynn admits to the attention span of a gnat so her checkered career includes freelance writer (she wrote the only authorized biography of humorist Erma Bombeck), children’s clothing designer, corporate communications pretend-exec and others too numerous to mention.

Now retired, she started painting four years ago and gives away an original painting almost daily for a contribution to a non-profit. Over the last three years she’s raised more than $30,000 for charities around the world. And that’s not funny.

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One of the things no one ever told me about having children is that between “goo-goo” and “I do” stretch 20 years of sibling battles that make the Civil War look like a celebration of brotherly love. “Will you stop that?” “Stop what?” “Stop breathing like a duck with sinus trouble.” “S-o-r-r-y. What am I supposed to do, hold my breath while I’m eating?” “At least you could stop chewing so loud they can hear you in Latvia.” “How am

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I braced myself as the 3:30 silence was shattered by the sound of thunder on the stairs followed by a ghastly thud. A door slammed so hard the parakeet’s teeth shook. This was Chris’ subtle way of announcing he was home from school. I knocked on his vibrating door. “Hi Chris, what are you up to?” No answer. “Chris, do you have some illicit substance in there?” “No.” “A girl?” “Aw, Ma.” “I know,” I said triumphantly, “You’re reading.” He

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Whoever came up with the decree, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” has obviously never found themselves sitting by a roaring wood-fired furnace in a Finnish sauna, slapping wet birch leaves on their arms while sweating enough water and salt to supply the French army for a year. Not that it wasn’t fun - in the way that planning a formal dinner party for 75 and shopping six days straight because you keep forgetting things like your cell

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