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Overheard in the Wolfe House #322

Peggy: So, how did the haircut work out yesterday? Do you need me to trim the sides a little more? Sam: Nah. There was one spot, but I cut it…

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Leap and the net will appear

Early in my career, a fellow writer and sometimes mentor said that he didn’t always know what he thought until he started writing. That was a freeing thing to hear….

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The original in social distancing

I have to admit that Sam surprised me a little when he came home from work one night and said that social distancing was hard. He’s always kept a healthy…

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A hero

Well, dear internet people, we’ve gone through the looking glass, haven’t we? This week our newspaper offices closed and dispatched everyone to work from home. My son and his new…

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Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. She was among the first members of Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) in California. Following the death of an autistic teenager shot by a police officer, Heinkel-Wolfe helped researchers at the University of North Texas find funding for autism research, including a grant for a police training program now used by police departments across the nation. She lives in Denton, Texas, with her son, Sam, and her two other children, Michael and Paige.