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The Wonder of Watercolor

Our second son, Pasha, has artistic talent. We encourage him to develop and use his gifts. He’s creating some Mother’s Day art that’s rather beautiful and together, we wanted to see his watercolor technique grow. I located a Russian watercolor artist online who explained her technique. Gathering the whole family, I insisted amidst moans and…


Monday Mottoes – #85

You might be a man or woman, an employee, a parent, a spouse or a friend. Somewhere along the journey of life, something has gone wrong. Boundaries have been crossed, whether verbally or physically, creating great angst and debilitation. Why are you the target? Do you need to stand up for yourself? Do you need…


Ready for the Rope Braid

My hair falls just below shoulder length. And I don’t have a long neck. So that gives me a bit of hair to work with, but not too much. A new look has caught my attention and may be great for spring or summer if the hair gets any longer because it requires some length….


My Son, the Model

I refer to my second son, long and lean, attractive and not-so-bright. Possibly perfect model material. Friends have mentioned in passing that he would have what it takes. Question is: what does it take? It’s either this, or back to the hot dog stand idea…. Good looks are not enough. Fitting into a 40R might…


Monday Mottoes – #82

Recently, I’ve perused quotes and opinions about balancing the many aspects of life. They range from suggesting we give up before even trying to balance the disparate parts, to encouraging that we give it our best shot because all of it matters so very much. Each of them in some way makes sense to me….


Diet Soda is Out

I knew it, I just knew it. After my doctor revealed that my new portion size is one-half of one carrot, with perhaps 1/4 of a brussel sprout thrown in for good measure, I could not find the most likely culprit hindering my Slim Jim makeover. A pile of spinach? A tiny tub of Greek…


Seven Reality-of-Life Tips

1. You care more than anyone else. Don’t expect others to rescue you, carry you, reason with you, nor support you. Except maybe your mother, particularly when you’re young. Eventually, others will get tired. Then you will be alone again. You must care for yourself and aim to be the best you can be. Because…


Gender Confusion at the Gym: Planet Fitness Plays Dumb

Oh. come. on. You gotta be kidding. After 100 years, I finally join the gym. I plunk down my $10/month and work out a couple of times a week, interspersing with my normal outdoor routine. I wait till the new year rush of January/February resolution-makers runs out and at last, I feel hopeful that I…


Monday Mottoes – #80

Here’s hoping that the snows are pretty much over, International Day of the Woman has come and gone, the clocks have sprung forward, and it’s time for change. The sunshine’s warm rays encourage us that anything is possible. No matter what the time of year, no matter what the weather (apart from downpours and deluges),…


An Intentional Lack of Style Identity

I have style, plenty of it. But recently, I’ve been thinking about my schizo style personality. All over the board. I’ve never met a style I didn’t like. Not that I would wear them all if it’s say, skimpy or grungy…. On the other hand, I could flip from preppy or professional/executive to bohemian or…

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