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Not Created for Crumbs

I met a lovely lady the other night. An immigrant with a beautiful accent, demeanor, and personage, she had a young son attending the best schools, very cultured and polite. The friend who introduced us smiled and raised her eyebrows, nodding in my direction. It was The Sign: the woman needed help. An expert in…

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Me and My Gal Pals

Friends can literally make or break a person’s life. Sure, we’re all strong and semi- self-sufficient, but when push comes to shove, having a friend who cares makes all the difference. The other night, my gal pals and I got together. Excitement, chatter, and lots of smiles prevailed. Some came straight from work, others brought…

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Monday Mottoes – #54

Some people are active during the summer. They swim, boat, toss horseshoes, waterski, picnic and barbeque. Oh, sorry—those last two eating events snuck in there by accident. Back to bikeriding, rollerblading, skateboarding, and jogging along the beach or hiking in the hills. Me? Eh. I try to stay out of the sun by baking cookies….

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Wild Women and Our Boys

Apparently, our teen boys are chick magnets. The fact that they don’t date has nothing to do with it, at least not that I can figure out. While I can understand possibly admiring a guy from afar, there are some pretty aggressive young ladies out there these days…. “What happened?” I asked my husband. “Apparently…

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Golf Garb

So, our oldest son who will be pushing 18 years old come fall, is working part-time at a golf course this summer. He loads golf clubs into carts, preps the carts for customers, rides around on a mesh-enclosed tractor-like cart to scoop up hundreds of wayward balls and more. As anyone starting a new job,…

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Monday Mottoes – #51

We brush our teeth, we walk the dog, we grab something to eat. We field phone calls, we send e-mails, and we meet in live or video-conferencing. Every day, much is accomplished simply by putting one foot in front of the other. But what about the “optional” areas of life? You know, all of the…

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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…

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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…

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Forgetfulness

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…

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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…

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