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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Birthdays and Blogging

  It’s birthday week which reminds me why I started this blog. As 2010 lurked around the corner I began to dread the impending birthday mid-year.   Sixty   It seemed so daunting and oppressive. Thinking back on the year I turned forty, in a time when we weren’t supposed to trust anyone over forty, I wondered why that didn’t bother me one bit. I decided to throw a huge party and tell old age to back off. I didn’t feel old and didn’t plan to start then.   Opening gag gifts on my 40th I repeated that plan on
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When Friends Become Family

  So, I’m sitting here on the porch of our old house, only I’m on the downstairs porch where our friends live. It still feels like home because we are like family.     I will never forget the phone call from our realtor when we found out there was a house we could afford to buy in our favorite beach town, Ocean City, NJ. In the beginning, we had two toddlers and found a place behind Gillian’s Amusement Pier we could afford by sharing with two or three other couples for weekends. It was 1974 and it was Heaven.
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Millennials, Old White Men, and the Rest of Us

  I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how most of my family were underachievers. I’m being kind. I was the first to graduate high school and things didn’t change all that much after that. A cousin of mine stayed with Dave and me one summer when she was about fourteen. She was bright and curious and bored living in rural Alabama. We saw true promise in her and hoped she would go far. Sadly, she went back to Alabama, met a boy and got pregnant, dropped out of school and that was the end of that. I railed on my uncle
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What Fills You With Joy?

  Here we are in the middle of June 2016, in the worst political climate I can ever remember. This post is not about politics. I need to take a break from the insanity that is going on in our world for a while.   So I’ve decided to share with you what makes me happy and makes me smile every single day. We’ll go through the early season to today. Daffodils abound here. Too many to count!     I worked in the floral industry for 8 years as a designer and loved every single minute of it. How
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Shattered Ceilings and Strange Bedfellows

  It has been a Historic week in the U.S.A. for women and those who love and care about equality. The glass ceiling has been shattered in a long awaited and much anticipated way. Whether you love or hate her, Hillary Clinton is now the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. As I wrote a while ago, I have not been Hillary’s strongest supporter but, Bernie lost me when he didn’t step up and educate his young followers about the importance of voting the party line this year with Drumpf getting the GOP’s blessing. Granted their blessing isn’t
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What Feeds Your Soul?

  Religion and politics don’t mix. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase before. And yet, Freedom of Religion is the first amendment to our Constitution. I don’t believe it means you can’t be religious and political but, you shouldn’t force either onto others. We’re all entitled to our own beliefs and, for me, that’s what makes America great. If you’ve read this blog before you probably know where I stand politically. Religion and I have had an on again off again history. Let me explain. My grandfather was a Southern Baptist minister. I adored my grandfather and he adored me.
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Small Town America

  With all the moving around we’ve done over the last 40+ years there was one constant, Dave had his job and every promotion was a transfer. Since his job paid the bills I was forced to follow my grandmother’s sage advice, “If you want to keep your hand in the pocket you gotta move with the pants.” The upside to all the moves was being able to continually reinvent myself. I have had many career reinventions, including a few businesses of my own, and it has been my extended education.   One of the most enjoyable was a modeling
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STOP the HATE!

  Ok. Enough already. I am so tired of hearing about bathrooms. I could quote statistics, but for those who really believe their sons and daughters are going to be raped in a public bathroom by a transgender person it is pointless. In fact, there’s been a myth out there for years about rapes in public bathrooms, whether by transgender, gay, or straight. GOOGLE IT!     It’s simply not true. Most sexual assaults happen in the home. Parking lots are high on the list, also. The majority of victims know their assailants. What is driving this insanity over bathrooms
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