Jobs, I’ve Had a Few, part 2

  If you missed the first installment you can catch up here. After the brief stint waitressing I began to look for something more interesting. I discovered a local paper was looking for sales people. It was more of a shopper type rag than newspaper and I decided to give it a shot. It was run completely by women and in the late ‘70’s, when ‘I am Woman hear me Roar’ was an anthem of sorts, that was quite a fete. I connected with the entire crew right away and hit the road. My territory was rather large, covering several
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Jobs, I’ve had a few!

  I thought I would write a few posts about the assorted employment positions I’ve had over the years. Hence the title. My first job was raising my brothers. It started when I was ten and lasted until I left home at eighteen. There was no pay involved. After high school, I knew college was not financially an option. I was the first high school graduate in my family. I wanted to accept an apprenticeship with an ad agency but, it didn’t coincide with mom’s schedule so she wouldn’t let me take the position. It was 1968 and Sunoco was
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I’m With HER, Here’s Why

  I’ve been thinking about friendships and how they may appear to others. Aside from our ‘besties’ we all have casual relationships that border on the fringe of acquaintances and sometimes grow into more. You meet someone at work and have an interesting conversation, maybe then you decide to meet for lunch. Over time you arrange a dinner date with your spouses. Maybe you all hit it off and the friendship grows richer, or maybe you simply continue to have occasional dinner dates.       My husband got transferred annually for much of our marriage and distance can make
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The Loss of One of the Good Guys

  Friendships are rarely stagnant, rather they ebb and flow as we all grow and change. There are friends from childhood who you may not have seen for many years but whenever you do you pick up right where you left off.   Many school friendships end when we graduate and perhaps move to another part of the country or the world, for that matter. We stay in touch for a while and soon it’s the annual holiday cards exchanged. We don’t lose the memories of these friends because, I believe, all friendships have a bearing on how we change
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Adventures with Benson, redux

With all the hatefulness in our news feeds and my penchant for getting sucked into reading one more article before I block all shades of orange from my feed, I decided a fun dog story might be just the ticket today.   I’ve been thinking about Benson a lot.  Our big ole sweet, goofy, totally loveable Ben gave us many laughs in his lifetime.  I thought I would share some fun Benson stories with you today.     We lived in a small town in Massachusetts when Ben came into our lives.  I remember the phone call that Sunday morning
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Baked Brain Miscellany

  I’ve been immersed in the memoir lately and not blogging as much as I used to. Who knew first drafts could be so difficult? Not me. The Duffy Chronicles was never this difficult to write. It wasn’t nearly as emotional either. I find myself having to pull away at times because the memories are so real. It is ‘Memoir’ after all.   I’ve reached a point where even I am starting to get confused about the timeline and flashbacks, etc., so I turned it over to my editor, Doreen McGettigan, to see if she could make sense of it.
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A Weekend to Celebrate Summer!

  I took a well-needed break from news and politics over the weekend. I think I’ll do that more often because it helped clear my head and heart. I’ve been interested in politics since the Kennedy era. When you live in the greatest country on earth your/ our politics are important worldwide. What’s going on this year is an embarrassment to us all. So instead of all that, we watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics, which is always inspiring. The Refugee team is, hands down, the most inspirational group out there, in my opinion. U.S.A. has broken records already and
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Let’s Review the DNC

  So, round two of this crazy political year is over. The DNC did a great job, in my opinion. Keeping on point about the positive things we love about our country and need to nurture, versus praising Russia and other dictatorships while denigrating our country.     Such a stark contrast it’s impossible not to notice the differences. Unlike the RNC, there were some very impressive speakers at this convention. Not all were politicians, but it was all a step above plagiary, Chachi, and the Duck Dynasty guy. If nothing else, this convention showed us how infantile Drumpf really
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Cleveland’s Circus is Over, What Did You Think?

  So round one is over and what have we learned?     Here’s my take-away… It was like watching a cross between the Wild Wild West and WWE.   Some parts that were calm and somewhat civilized were plagiarized. Of course, once that was brought to light everyone thought it was a silly mistake and no harm or disrespect meant to Mrs. Obama.   The illustrious governor of my state, NJ, made a total spectacle of himself and everyone else in the room by stirring up a lynch mob. And, he wants to be drumpf’s attorney general!   Ted
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Convention Time: Let the Games Begin

  My last post was on July 7th. In that post, I was feeling good about my birthday, and how writing this blog has helped me expand my horizons over the six and a half years I’ve been at it. And, celebrating the friends I’ve made through blogging. Later that evening all hell broke loose in Dallas, as a sniper attacked police during a peaceful demonstration, killing five officers and wounding others.     This was right on the heels of the senseless killing of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, by police officers. Then
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