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Ladies’ Night Out

I understand that guys think we talk about them, but really we don’t. Generally. Usually. When I get together with the gal-pals, we have far too much happening in our own lives to mess with theirs.  It’s a mental health thing. I sipped iced coffee while some other ladies enjoyed a light dinner. And then…


Do You Worry-Dream?

Experts tell us that everybody dreams. Whether we remember the dreams or not is another matter. I’m not referring to setting goals, those types of dreams, instead, it’s the type of dreaming that’s done when sleeping. When it comes to those kinds of dreams, they say that depressed people dream more. Lots more. Up to…



I have turned into that caricature of a woman who searches here and there for her glasses, while they’re propped on top of my head. Forgetfulness is not so much annoying in and of itself, as much as it’s a waste of time. From the other side of the house, I decide to text my…


Hidden Calories, Carbs, and Craziness

We have an epidemic of fat people in America. The average citizen now weighs about 20 pounds more than 20 years ago, and if we extrapolate those figures, possibly about 40 pounds more than 40 years ago if you study the stats. Naturally, wanting to be more than a sad statistic, I am trying to…


Out to Dinner with Friends

We’re all busy. Make that crazy, crazy overworked and busy—responsibilities, obligations, deadlines, the tyrrany of the urgent. It’s a big deal when any of us can make time to exercise, or truly relax, or touch base with friends. So we got together with another couple, friends of ours for many years. It was his birthday,…


The 8-Hour Diet

Life should be so simple. I had not heard of this diet made popular about a year ago where you eat whatever you want for 8 hours, followed by 16 hours of fasting, and you will lose weight. In my case, I could probably “eat whatever I want” for 1 hour, fast for 23, and…


A Fashion Photographer Meets Jesus

I’m not sure how I happened upon it, but the images are breathtaking. An American fashion photographer traveled to an Italian village to film some of the words of Jesus in a project entitled, “Journeys with the Messiah”. In his gallery of images, Michael Belk explores the modern-day relevance of Jesus. It’s breathtaking. The Italian…


A Model Adoptive Family

In those odd hours of lengthy computer work, I occasionally turn on the TV. Benedetto wants to pull the plug entirely, but I really do enjoy the occasional program, generally those that are educational. I really can’t name any fictional series that I have tuned into in recent decades. Not to say that many of…


Cancer Cure-!

A cancer trial undertaken by doctors at the Mayo Clinic has much of the world talking. The new therapy, which involves injecting the patient with the measles virus—enough to immunize 10 million people-!—worked well on a 50-year-old Stacy Erholtz suffering from myeloma and who had multiple tumors, despite chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. Tried on…


Shopping for Her Sister’s Birthday

“Mama, can you take me out to shop for Mashenka’s birthday? I have a gift card from Old Navy….” Sashenka asked. She’s 13 and her sister is turning 16 soon. And since I have a great rental sportscar and have accomplished very little myself this week, why not? “Sure, sweetie, we can go in half…

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