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Nancy Roman

Category Archives: cats

Decisions, Decisions

I’ve been terrible with my blogging lately. I want to say I’ve been busy – and that’s true enough. But moreover, I think I just needed to take a break. I didn’t want to focus on something else. I wanted to UNfocus. The end of winter is always my least energetic time. I am tired …

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Think.

2018. Another year. What do I wish to accomplish? Of course I want to lose weight and exercise and clean the house and take better care of my skin. And also, of course, write another book. But on a day-to-day basis. I want to think. And I want those thoughts to go to work.  Maybe not go to work. To come …

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Not Playing It Safe

I am by nature a cautious person. It’s a well-entrenched part of who I am. And I don’t really expect to change significantly as I age. I don’t believe I will ever climb onto the back of a motorcycle or scale Mount Everest or throw a fit in public. Or go to Costco without a list. …

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Three Little Kittens – The Sequel

A few weeks ago, I shared a little story (The Pushover) about how a tough heartless family (also known as: us) took in 3 foster kittens for a temporary, 10-day stay. And how they stayed. Permanently.   The little monsters are six months old now. They are adorable, demanding, playful and naughty. And hungry. I never …

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Coping For Beginners

I’ve often thought there should be a course in Coping. Maybe in Junior High. Maybe sooner. Maybe Kindergarten. But I’m not sure it would help. Can we be taught how to react to stress? Should we all react the same way? Just recently a friend left for a road trip  – a vacation the whole …

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Humbled

We human beings are so egocentric. By this I mean that I am a human being. And egocentric. But once in a while we get a strong dose of reality. By this I mean that once in a while I realize that I’m not quite as magnificent as I usually believe myself to be. Oh, …

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Hours Of Free Entertainment!

Or minutes. Whatever. Would you really pooh-pooh a few minutes of fun because it doesn’t last longer? Which reminds me of a story. Thirty years ago I was in a relationship with a nice, but melancholy, man. One day we kept his 10-year-old son out of school, and we all played hookey together. We went …

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Neighborly

Now that I am in a Kindness mania – and is there a better mania to be in? – I was reminded by a reader of the importance of being a good neighbor. I don’t believe I have listed neighborly kindnesses, except in the sense that we are all neighbors. But I should mention the …

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I Never Imagined

Recently I overheard two women discussing how their lives turned out so differently from what they had imagined. It got me to thinking about how that might be true for me too. Only when I really thought about it, I could not claim my life was different from what I had pictured, because I realized …

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Houseguests

I heard it again yesterday. The sound in the chimney that can only mean one thing. Swifts. We’ve had these houseguests before. Several times. A few years ago, I start hearing strange noises in the chimney. My husband is hard of hearing, but he doesn’t let that stop him from telling me I am nuts …

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