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Oh Autumn, How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways…. The joys of autumn are fast approaching, depending on where in the world we live. On the east coast of America, in the mid-Atlantic region, fall has been not-so-fast, actually slow in arriving. Last night, the temperatures dropped to the 40s degree Fahrenheit, so I’m feeling hopeful-! What are these…


Monday Mottoes – #212

Unless you’re a really young person, most of us have some measure of life experience in our past. Good, bad or otherwise. We face the daily decision to either look forward and move forward, or look backward and move backward. Kind of like sharks who are never stationary, but always pressing forward. Think about it:…


Less Free Contraceptives = More Abortions?

Should free contraceptives be a basic American right? The Trump administration, cutting back on employers being required to provide either free contraceptives or free abortions in all cases, should consider some unintended results. Could the limiting of employer-paid contraception lead to the increased need for abortions, or the cost associated with unplanned pregnancies and raising…


Monday Mottoes – #211

Today, in many parts of the Americas, it’s Columbus Day, commemorating the discovery of the New World in 1492. That was 525 years ago-! The Italian explorer from Genoa/Genova, Cristoforo Colombo, sailed on behalf of Spain. Nowadays, it might mean a day off from work, or a day of shopping special sales. Not so many…


On the Occasion of Our Anniversary

Many, many years ago, when I was so young, we entered into holy matrimony. And here we are, many decades later, still together. A miracle, an accomplishment, a blessing, a life shared and multiplied. Here are a few quotes to celebrate our anniversary, happening October 7th…. “What is Love? I have met in the streets…


Autumn is Here!

In northern parts of the United States, the fall foliage is peaking with a beautiful blend of oranges, reds, yellows and browns. In the southern states, indications are just starting in areas where there are four seasons…. Don’t you love the fall? The crisp air at night, the warm days. Not too hot, not too…


On Mental Health and Gun Control

In the wake of Las Vegas’s mass shooting at the country music concert, many questions are being asked. For me, I want to know more about mental health issues. Personally, I have known several acquaintances recently to give indications of being on shaky ground, mentally speaking. I believe that there’s just too much happening in…


Monday Mottoes – #210

Later this week, Benedetto and I will celebrate numerous years of wedded bliss. As with anything long-term, some days are good and other days are better. With the passage of years and decades, people often ask, what is the secret of your marital success? For me, wise sage that I am, I would say that…


Why Do People Own Snakes?

Is it just me? I don’t like snakes. Not in the wild, not in zoos, not in cages. Nope, no thanks. And now a 31-year-old snake lover in southern England was found suffocated to death in a room where he housed his snakes. The pet python was loose and the man was dead. Ewww. I…


Are Tattoos Really Safe? Blotting Out Your Future with Ink

Two different articles on tattoos were released recently and within days of each other. One involved the now-known fact that nanoparticles from the ink traveled to the bearer’s lymphatic system, while the other was a declaration concerning the safety of pediatric patients obtaining tats. Neither seemed to agree with the other, in this writer’s estimation….