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I Believe the Female Fox Newscasters

It’s not difficult to anyone whose head is not in the sand. I mean, what’s with the heavily made-up, mini-skirted women of Fox News? I’ve wondered that for years. I don’t get it. Maybe I work in much more conservative realms in our nation’s capital, but when a grown woman wears a sleeveless, low-cut top…

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Women in Danger Worldwide

It’s dangerous out there, people, and particularly dangerous for women in a whole lot of the world. Things are not getting better, and if anything, becoming worse in an ever-widening swath on the globe. In an election year, there’s a need for decisive steps to save our country and those elsewhere requiring help. It’s not…

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Sleep Deprivation and Psychosis

I am concerned about someone who’s been working too much, going ‘round the clock and actually exhibiting a change in personality. Not for the better. She has transformed so much, in such negative ways, that I began to research what temporary or long-term sleep deprivation could do to a person. Studies indicate that the mental…

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Grab Bag of Glass Treasures

I’m a matchy-matchy, button-down collar, Execu-Type A personality. Which only goes to prove that even the most calculated, disciplined souls occasionally crave random beauty, just for the sake of it. Which brings me to glass. One day I will share my glass collection with you. I have the intricate, handblown Venetian items originating on the…

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Quoits, Croquet and Bocce

I am not a snob, really, I’m not. However, as summer swings into high gear, all I can picture is a gathering on the beach, men in khaki pants and white shirts, ladies in white linen tea-length-or-longer dresses and sunhats, playing lawn games. And sipping lemonade. By the seaside. On a grassy lawn. What are…

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Come Apart and Rest A While

Some of the wisest words ever spoken, “Come apart and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). As my son assists me on a brief business trip to Europe and the Middle East, he is learning about 20-hour-plus days. Not so smart on my part, but that’s the time we have to squish in a million things…

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Packing Panic

I will be leaving the country in less than a week and I’m having trouble focusing on a suitable wardrobe. In the past, I always just pulled out the same things. If you get creative and have the gift of interpretation, you can see me basically in the same outfits year after year. Black suit,…

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Women’s Hair in Executive Gigs

Not that I’m schizo or anything, but archaeology is not my only gig. Most days, I’m in the executive realm, wondering what to do with my hair. Even when traveling hair items (hairdryer, flat iron, hot rollers) consume a disproportionate amount of my handcarry luggage. You see, I have Afro hair— wavy, frizzy, out-of-control, and…

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Why I Am Unnatural… In Archaeology

It’s surprising, it’s shocking, it’s semi-out-of-character, but you know I have become more and more involved in archaeology at home and abroad. I worked in the field decades ago, not as an uber-professional. But with advanced degrees, at first on a lark, later taking it more seriously, it’s now part of my life. And nobody…

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The Eastern Shore

Passing through the Eastern Shore environs on a cool / cloudy / rainy day. There’s nothing like being off-season, or just-before-season anywhere. Alright, so some cafes or shops or amusements may be closed, but much of the time I’m a woman on a mission, just zipping through on my way elsewhere…. Spotted this “Love” sign…