Life, Love and Death

Today my heart is full and my heart is broken.  Life can be very strange sometimes… and when you least expect it. The past 48 hrs. have been full of life, love and celebrations, including our son and daughter-in-law’s baby shower. The baby is due in a couple of weeks, so it’s really ‘any time now’.  We spent about 30 hrs. with them in Baltimore. Saturday evening at their home, which is adorable, sharing a great dinner with them, Marsha’s mom and sister, and their friend, Tim, who’s an amazing chef.  They are busy putting the finishing touches on the
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Celebrating a Blogiversary!

Yesterday was my 6 month anniversary of this blog! Hard to believe, really. When I read recently that most blogs don’t last past 3 months I thought, wow… I’m really on a roll. I’ve said before that I feel like this blog is a living breathing extension of me. It has evolved from my angst over turning 60, to celebrating the events in my life that got me here… still and ever hopeful. So this post will be my gift to you… a gift of beauty. I’ve been writing so much the past 6 months that I almost forgot about
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Let’s ask an Agent

I am so happy that Paula Balzer, literary agent and author of Saturday Morning Memoir has agreed to answer some questions I have, and I know you do too, about blogging and publishing. Paula, Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, I know how busy you are. As a literary agent you’ve worked with Diablo Cody, Alexandra Robbins and even Randy Jackson. That’s diversity! Given all that why are memoirs so dear to your heart? Oddly, as much as I love memoir, that’s always a tough question to answer. I think my love of memoir stems
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Mary, Daryl and Daryl…

If you look at the tag line under the header of this blog you will see ‘the ugly’.  Well you have to take the good with the bad and this is about an ugly time in my life, but I’m going to try and lighten it up.  Actually it’s kind of humorous on its own when I look back on it. Isn’t hindsight a wonderful filter? I started telling the story last month about the year I ran away with my 2 year old brother.  I was 12 years old going on 30.  We were living in a disgusting trailer
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The Duffy Chronicles and Little Victories

After spending time with my 91 year old father-in-law lately I realize how important it is to keep your mind active! I never would have thought about blogging as a way to challenge my mind technically. I was wrong! The writing comes fairly easily to me, the tecno aspect… sigh… not so much. A while back I posted, Little Victories that talked about how much brain cramping I went through to get the subscribe box on the blog. Honestly, does it have to be that hard?? Celebrating that little victory was short lived, because there is still so much more I
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AAAHHCHOOOO!

The whole point of joining the 31 days to build a better blog challenge was to… well, build a better blog! Since it almost seems like a living breathing thing to me, I feel it’s important to keep working toward improving this blog of mine. I welcome any and all suggestions! Honestly! Never hesitate to tell me what you think, what you feel could make it better, anything at all.Today our task was to create a ‘sneeze’ page for our blogs. It’s meant to be a way that you can link some of your best posts, or perhaps a thread
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A Blogging Community… who knew?!

This is a re-post from earlier this year, but it has been edited a bit. It just seemed to be the perfect post for the 31dbbb challenge and our task for day 15. If you’re new here, I hope you’ll subscribe and follow. Please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you! Thanks for stopping by! I have a confession to make. I had never read a blog until this year! The occasional post that someone would forward or I’d come across on facebook, sure… but subscribe to?? No. Now I seem to subscribe to a
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