Habitat for Humanity, Building Homes, Helping Families

I’m just getting into my new gig, writing for the local paper, and it’s harder than I thought it would be. I’m so used to writing here, where I can share my personal feelings, instead of keeping it to ‘Just the facts, ma’am’. So I thought I would share my article with you and add my personal perspective on this amazing group of people at Habitat for Humanity. Dave has wanted to participate in Habitat for Humanity since he first heard about it. Being overworked at his job made it impossible, but he has always hoped he’d be able to
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The Cycle of LIfe, Is Not Easy to Write About

  My last post was the first draft of the first chapter of the next edition of The Duffy Chronicles. I asked for critiques and I got GREAT critiques from many of you. I am so grateful for your generosity and support. I will take it all in and continue to make it a better story. However, in the process of thinking about your ideas and advice I thought about expounding on the brief paragraph about Benson’s passing. I know many pet lovers do not want to read about a dog or cat dying. None of us wants to experience
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Potty Talk

  Years ago, when our first son was a baby, we went to the Bronx Zoo. It was a hot August day in NY. This was before zoo animals had ‘habitats’. Back then they just had a little outside space and long narrow inside cages. We have come a long way, thankfully! Anyway… it was feeding time for the tigers and everyone was gathering inside the cage area to watch. They had opened the spaces between the cages and the big cats were pacing and waiting for their slab o meat. One tiger, in particular, seemed to be performing for
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Chapter 1 of ‘The Duffy Chronicles, Adventures with Cosmo’

  I’ve been working, off and on for eight years, on the 2nd installment of The Duffy Chronicles. It has had many incarnations in that time, but nothing ever felt right so I let it go. One of the stumbling blocks was Benson. You see, Benson passed on and I didn’t know how to write about it. I’ve heard it more than once or twice from adults… “Oh, no! If the dog dies I’m not reading the book!” So, I kept trying to find ways around it but you can’t. It’s a series that I hope continues because they are fun
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Turning 65 and Feeling 40

  This week I turn sixty-five. I find it hard to believe, but there it is staring at me on the calendar, July 8th. How did this happen? When did youth disappear? I keep shaking my head and finding no answers, except how lucky I am to be here facing a BIG birthday yet still feeling 40ish, most of the time.     Not much good happened before I got married at eighteen years old. I know it seems too young, but I was old at ten. I’m an old soul even though I don’t feel the need to really
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Conversations With Dad

  I had a visit with my father-in-law yesterday. He’s almost 97 years old and is now in assisted living. I wrote about his transition from his own apartment a few weeks ago. When I stepped off the elevator I saw the back of his little white head straight ahead of me in the dining room. He was surprised to see me, but he remembered who I was. Good start. I asked him why he was in the dining room at 3 pm. The cruise director overheard me and said they had a meeting in there at 2 pm and
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Guns and Racism, Dirty Money and Congress

  My last post was a rant. It had bubbled up inside until I could no longer contain my anger and frustration. It’s heartening to hear your agreement with those frustrations but, where do we start with solutions? Bear with me, I’m feeling a bit all over the place today, but I’ll try to make sense. Charleston. Please take down that flag. Now. It is a symbol of hate and insights the worst in many. How do we end this insane gun culture? This is not Dodge City in the old west, this is 2015 and every day is like
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War, Hate, Prejudice…STOP IT!

  I am so sick of WAR. The war on women, LGBT, drugs, Christianity, all of it! How about a war on stupid? I mean that literally. Most of the haters are pro stupid, pro barefoot and pregnant, pro-hate in general. They spew venom in all directions and it poisons millions daily. It’s sad how many uneducated people there are in this country. And, the haters want to keep it that way. Keep the sheep in the dark. Declaring war on anything will insure it getting worse instead of better. With the exception of WWI and II what has war
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June, Weddings and Father’s Day

  It’s June, the month of Father’s Day and weddings. With that in mind, I thought I would combine the two in one post about my favorite step-father and my wedding many years ago. When I heard my mother blathering on about Scotty I tuned out. After an absentee father and three step-fathers, plus countless wannabes in between, the last thing I wanted to hear about was her latest man. I quickly learned he had staying power and I could no longer avoid the introduction. To my surprise, I found myself wondering why he was dating my mother. He was
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Good News and Bad Spiders

  It may seem I’ve been slacking off since this is my first post in two and a half weeks but, trust me, I’ve been busy. And, it’s all good…well, except for the spider bite.     One of the best things was having four articles posted on Huffington Post this past month. I have many writer friends to thank for the help and support they provided to make that happen. There’s no financial reward at HuffPost, but you need solid credibility before you will see money from your work. The exposure there is a great help. One of the
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