It’s Birthday Week!

Birthdays…I’ve had a few!     This Saturday, July 8th, will be my 67th anniversary of life. It’s an odd number and I feel somewhat odd about it, honestly. When I think back on that cold December day when I was contemplating turning 60 and started this blog, I have to say, this one feels less heavy than that one did and mostly because so many of you have encouraged my writing and contributed your thoughts and opinions on this blog. That’s a great birthday gift, I must say! So many changes have occurred since this writing adventure began and
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The Secret Garden Tour

  I’ve been pretty busy lately and it’s gotten in the way of writing, which is what I should be doing. It’s what I would rather be doing, for sure. But, I accepted the responsibility of chairing The Secret Garden Tour, here in Cape May as a favor for a friend.   The event is this coming Saturday and I can’t wait for it to be over. Mind you, there have been some upsides to this and I’m grateful for that. I’ve met some new friends thanks to stalking gardens and that’s always a good thing. Finding new friends, not
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How to Write About Losing a Pet in a Children’s Book.

    I recently received an email from a lovely woman asking about The Duffy Chronicles. She bought the book in 2009 and recently read it with her nine-year-old son. She told me she had searched high and low online for the next two in the series and couldn’t find them. Could I help? Well, if I had written them by now that would have helped but, I had not. Sometimes life gets in the way of our loftiest goals and between a couple of moves and elder care, the time flew by. I thanked her profusely for reading the
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Gratitude and Peace… A Shift in Attitude

  Today I feel like sharing randomness. The insanity in our country today is taking a toll on many of us…too many of us. I’m an admitted news junkie and all about anything that is anti-drumpf, but it’s time to focus more on the positive things in life and get back to gratitude. Mind you, I’m still going to follow the news and obsess about things like why was Jill Stein at that infamous dinner in Russia with Putin and Flynn? When will a ‘deep throat’ show up to get this circus out of our lives and in jail? Admittedly,
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The 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show!

  It has been a strange winter and it looks like spring is going to be just as weird. February was almost spring like and March has roared in with a blizzard for some and hurricane force winds for others. We’re getting battered here at the shore but, we’re kind of used to that and there’s no shoveling involved. So, today seems like the perfect day to share our trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show. I took a few (*ahem* maybe 50) pictures to show you. Let’s start at the entrance…     The theme this year was ‘Holland’ and
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We All Need A Good Laugh!

  How are you all holding up these days? I feel as if I’m losing my mind some days. Most days, really. I keep hoping to see more sanity in the world but, since we have the most mentally challenged Executive Branch of government the World has ever seen, it may be hopeless.   This is why I record Colbert, Kimmel, Samantha Bee, SNL, and soon John Oliver will be back, too. I still miss Jon Stewart but, he did make a surprise appearance on Colbert last week and gave me a good laugh. Laughter is not only good medicine,
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Secret Gardens

  I’ve been asked to chair a committee here in Cape May for the 2nd annual Secret Garden Tour. It’s part of the Cape May Forum and last year I participated by providing a painting of mine that was auctioned off, as well as helping to set up the luncheon after the garden tour.     The baton has been passed to me and, to be honest, I was a bit overwhelmed with the responsibility. Things went smoothly, from my view, last year and raised a decent amount of money which goes toward educational and cultural initiatives through affiliate programs
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It’s Been a Lovely Cruise

  I know I’m not the only one who is more than ready for a vacation right now. I took a little trip down memory lane today and posted on Huffington Post about the cruise we took in 2008. Aaahhh, it was bringing back some wonderful memories and a pull to take another trip. I’m researching River Cruises now. I thought I would share it with you here, and ask you to share your favorite vacation story. Have you gone on a cruise? Maybe you went on a ski trip? Whatever it is, feel free to share a piece of
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A Heartache Tonight

  Part of me can’t wait for 2016 to morph into 2017 and another part of me is fearful of how much worse it’s going to be. I see nothing good coming from this transition of power. I am and have been determined to push back at every opportunity to hold this new regime’s feet to the fire but, lately, I’ve become very sad. I’m not a crier by nature. Crying never helped me through any of the tough times in my past but, suddenly the slightest thing puts a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. Many
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Christmas Memories

  Christmas is upon us. I’ve had a lifetime of dealing with good ones and bad ones.   With the revolving door of father’s in my life growing up, you never really knew what Christmas would bring and, I’m not just talking about presents. Up until the age of five, it was my grandparents who filled in the Santa role. My mother was on her third husband by then and since her second one didn’t want me living with them I lived with my grandparents. My father was long gone and I have no memory of Christmas with him. I’m
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