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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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
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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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