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Joanne Palmer: Skinny jeans and penguin watching

The last time skinny jeans were in style, I split mine on a dance floor in Niles, Ill. It was in the early ’80s, and I was executing a bold move on a disco dance floor when I heard an unmistakable sound that could mean only one thing — it was time to go home.

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Joanne Palmer: Let me count the ways we love our visitors

Thankfully, thousands of tourists came to town to enjoy Steamboat's abundance of snow in December with the nearly 14,000 people on the mountain on peak days.

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Joanne Palmer: Keep an eye on your money

Did you know there’s an eyeball on the back of a $1 bill? And 13 arrows and 13 hats? And if you get out your magnifying glass, you may be able to find an owl in the upper left-hand corner.

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Joanne Palmer: Picking up broken glass

Glass is nearly impossible to clean up. Even if you vacuum, sweep, mop and crawl over the floor looking for the tiniest pieces, a week later you will spot another shard glinting in a corner.

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Joanne Palmer: Dreaming of an iChristmas

There will be no Christmas next year. I have looked into my crystal ball and am here to announce, sadly, that Christmas will only be an app in 2013. The iChristmas app.

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Joanne Palmer: Over the edge of the fiscal cliff

Treat yourself to a digital detox and turn off the news for 24 hours, or longer if you can stand it. Hide your iPads, iPhones and iPods. Turn them off for a few hours.

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Joanne Palmer: Are we not better than this?

It’s been 45 years since schoolyard bullies called my brother “retard,” but every time I hear that word my hands still instinctively curl into fists.

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Joanne Palmer: Gluten free or sanity free?

Poor gluten. No one likes you anymore. It’s getting hard to find a food product that doesn’t have a gluten-free option.

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Joanne Palmer: Tuning out the complaints

Listen to yourself and your friends, and you might be surprised at what you complain about. Is it really a problem? There are people in Steamboat who don’t have enough of the basics.

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Joanne Palmer: Choosing our next leader

Election season is here, and in Canada a cat has decided to get in on the action. Tuxedo Stan, a striking 3-year-old black-and-white cat, is running for mayor of Halifax.

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Joanne Palmer: Want to win? Run unopposed

It was 1972, and I was running for senior class president. I was mad at the school administration, fired up to change things and convinced I could do it as class president.

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Joanne Palmer: Longing for lists

I have a love-hate relationship with lists. I’m more productive when I write them, but I guess a tiny part of me rails against being so busy that I have to create them.

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Joanne Palmer: An attempted rape that still haunts

After U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., made his surprisingly uninformed remarks that implied a woman can’t get pregnant from a “legitimate rape,” I was stunned.

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Joanne Palmer: Shades of guilty pleasure

The dog collar looks good on the dog, but I don’t think it would do much for me. I don’t want to try to look sexy wrapped up in her dog leash, and I certainly do not want to be handcuffed to anything or anyone.

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Joanne Palmer: File it under 'lost'

Have you ever paid attention to what exactly is bouncing around in your brain during a five-minute period? Try it. I think you will find it alarming.

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