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My Comb

Never let it be said that I don’t bring my readers the most riveting of social commentary. I mean, if Solomon could speak of the wisdom of ants and consider how they are organized and work diligently compared to some human beings, well then, I might be able to make observations about… things as diverse…

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Trapped at 30,000 Feet

If your summertime travel plans include plane flights to Paris, Punjab or Peru, I might have a few high-altitude travel tips for you. Try not to breathe any of the recirculated air which is deadly. Wear a surgical mask for those moments when you feel you must breathe. Try not to touch any aircraft bathroom…

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Monday Mottoes – #95

Charleston is a very special city. A microcosm of rich and poor, black and white, students and professionals, tourists and locals, all casually cross paths in what’s been known for centuries as the Holy City. Referring to its Catholic roots, houses of worship proliferate including Protestant churches and Jewish synagogues. But of late, Charleston’s citizens…

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Me and My Gym Buddies

I’m old enough to be their mother. Oh, actually, I am Petya’s mother…. And the others—well, I know their mothers, lol. But rather than go to the gym with other middle-aged women, I make my way there once a week with these young guys. We meet around 9:30 pm with me staying for all of…

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Monday Mottoes – #94

Obstacles in life occur to most all of us. We have a dream or destination in mind and everything and everyone conspires against our arriving there. Doesn’t it seem like that some days? It’s been said, “I can’t seem to win for losing.” So to fight back against any defeatist thoughts, we keep in mind…

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In Search of a White Shirt

It’s not easy being a woman in a conservative world. Most of us wear pretty much what we want, when we want. We have some leeway as to color, cut and creativity. Yet, when it comes to certain events, positions or situations, a suit and white shirt is the way to go. And so, I…

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New-Graduate Job-Seeking Wardrobe

It’s that time of year. Flip-flops and t-shirts, jeans and hoodies, caps and gowns are exchanged for garb designed to get you somewhere. As a new college graduate, you’ll need to “look the part” before you have the part. However, with no job and no money, how do you do it? There are a number…

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Monday Mottoes – #92

Living for part of the week in Washington, DC, means a sea of black and navy suits either on Capitol Hill or in any of a zillion K Street law firms. It’s de rigeur. No questions asked. Creativity not encouraged, lol. Not a problem. In cases such as these, you need to be creative… within…

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Monday Mottoes – #91

Most everyone has dreams. Through the years they may be trampled upon, beaten down, squeezed out, but they were there… or are yet to be… if only you would dare to dream. Sometimes we’ve tried and been disappointed. Maybe others have let us down. Next! Overcome that trepidation, stick to your plan, modify if necessary,…

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The Gym –versus- The Outdoors

I like to go outside. Basically, it’s because I’m inside all the time. But if you come right down to it… it’s generally quieter for me at the gym. I try power-walking at night and in the morning. My wide arc takes me on several passes on a set path of an outdoor area of…

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