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The Pros and Cons of Humidity

Can you say, “A dewy glow?” No, honestly, I hate humidity. Except that I don’t use the word “hate”. So… I intensely dislike humidity. Wreaks havoc with the hair, you know. Grows mold in the shower. Breeds mosquitos and mustiness. On the other hand, it mists and moisturizes the skin. If hot enough, it clears…


Monday Mottoes – #193

Incremental steps, I remind myself. Baby steps, when I really need to be taking weightless, moon-walk leaps. But Rome was not built in a day. And neither will our lives. Have you ever been trying so hard to complete a project that each setback looms big on the horizon? There are so many interchangeable, interdependent…


The Shady Side of Stenciling

I recall doing some stenciling about 100 years ago when we moved into a home that benefited from a fleur de lis or two in a remote corner. How I ended up deciding to do a couple of signs recently is anyone’s guess since I might be termed Least Likely to Succeed in the category…


Cause for Celebration

I’m in the midst of a very busy time of life. This season, which has nothing to do with seasons of the year, has been particularly stressful. I need grace under pressure. Lots of it. Pulling myself out of bed this morning after three hours of sleep, I realized that I must count my blessings….


Monday Mottoes – #191

The headlines over the weekend said it all: “At Least 3 Climbers Dead, 1 Missing After Tragic Weekend On Mount Everest”. These were smart people, educated people, athletic people. Why risk it all to say you had conquered a particular summit such as Everest? Personally, I don’t get it. I guess my life is extreme…


The Tricky Side of Meeting the Mentally Ill

Our family ventures out and about to a wide variety of of events. We meet and greet those who are older, younger, different ethnicities, professional backgrounds and educational levels. I talk with the kids about conversing with people who may not be their cup of tea, not to overlook those who are a bit unusual….


Freezing Off Fat

Let’s just say I’m a woman of diverse interests. While North Korea rattles sabers and missiles and Hawaii issues warnings over brain-invading parasites otherwise known as rat lungworm disease, I have other issues to investigate. An e-mail comes into my inbox, I know not why: A spring sale on Coolsculpting, you know, the process by…


Feeling Blue Lately…

How many shades of blue are there? I have a home decorating project—not really for me— long story there— for which I cannot get the right shade of blue. First, it was turquoise (unavailable), then royal blue (grabbed a couple of couches that could be fun), then all that was in stock was teal blue…


Monday Mottoes – #184

Ageism is alive and well in many industries and organizations. Either you’re too young to be taken seriously and found to be lacking in experience, or you possess a long resume that requires tweaking so it doesn’t read, “Over 100 years of experience in…”! The point is, employers want to know that you’re current, that…


Should Leggings Be Legal?

I read a very insightful opinion piece on the latest controversy fanning Twitter flames: the denying of boarding to three United Airline passengers from Denver to Minneapolis, attempting to fly on “company benefit travel” which apparently has a dress code. The two adults and one child, or two girls, a 10-year-old, or two teen girls,…