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Helping Out

Have you ever gotten one of those emails from Amazon, asking you to help answer a question?  One that says something like: “A customer has asked a question about a product that you have purchased in the past. Can you help this person with an answer?” I’ve been asked about the fragrance of a face …

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How My Father Retired

In the middle of October, my thoughts naturally return to my father. His birthday is in a few days. He would be 95. He died at 88, and so he had a good, long, and happy life. I don’t think he had too many regrets. He worked hard. He was honest. He was unceasingly cheerful. …

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In Praise Of Childish Things

One of my least favorite Bible verses is this one: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”   And yeah, I get it.  We grow up and we have to behave as …

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More Advice – And Why You Can Ignore It

I give lots and lots of advice. Just as if I know what the hell I’m talking about. I don’t have any qualifications for all this advice – except that I’m intelligent, good-hearted – and old. Old people are allowed to give advice, because they have so much experience. Of course, in my case, I’m …

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Autumn Shopping Spree

Autumn is here. I love Summer. I hate to see it go. But there is something so appealing about Autumn. The colors, the clear sky, the rustle of the leaves. The kids headed back to school. The shopping. Oh, yes, definitely the shopping. The fall clothes are so beautiful. I window-shop online –  you can …

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The Pushover.

This is a story of Three Little Kittens. They were found behind a diner on a very busy road in Connecticut. It was a Greek diner, so the rescuer gave them Greek names: Athena.   Niko. And Thor.  (The rescuer may not have been an expert on Greek names….)   These tiny kittens were so …

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Advice – The Good, The Bad, The Terrible

Over my many years, I’ve received lots of advice. Overwhelmingly, it’s been good advice. Like from my mother: “If you have to choose between getting a chore done and having fun, pick the fun. Years later, you won’t remember how many chores were done late, just how much fun you had.” And from my father: …

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Just Wipe It Off

Isn’t wonderful how our loved ones are completely perfect? Just kidding. My loved ones drive me crazy. A single friend once told me she admires the way I so generously accept my husband’s faults. I laughed really hard at that one. I don’t accept his faults. They really irk me. (I love the word ‘irk’, …

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We Are All Brave

As I watch the scenes from the Texas floods, I am overcome with awe for the bravery I see. People heading TOWARDS disaster, not away, in order to save others. I watch the confirmation that all Life is precious, especially as I watched one woman working with others to save baby bats from the rising …

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The First Day Of School!

In honor of the new school year, here’s a post from five years ago:   THE BEST DAY   When I was a kid, do you know what my favorite day of the year was? Yeah, okay, Christmas. (Good guess.) After all, I was a little girl who loved dolls and clothes and anything wrapped …

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