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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The Objectification of Girls

  There have been so many stories about the Republican candidate for President of the U.S. that absolutely turn my stomach it’s hard to find one that stands out. Every day there is another disgusting example of his misogyny, hateful and racist views that make me want to vomit.       There have been many stories over the past week or two about his involvement in Beauty Pageants. We’ve all read about the Miss Universe he abused, but he also owned the Miss Teen USA pageant. Now several of the girls, and I do mean girls, he abused are
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Jobs, I’ve Had a Few, part 2

  If you missed the first installment you can catch up here. After the brief stint waitressing I began to look for something more interesting. I discovered a local paper was looking for sales people. It was more of a shopper type rag than newspaper and I decided to give it a shot. It was run completely by women and in the late ‘70’s, when ‘I am Woman hear me Roar’ was an anthem of sorts, that was quite a fete. I connected with the entire crew right away and hit the road. My territory was rather large, covering several
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Adventures with Benson, redux

With all the hatefulness in our news feeds and my penchant for getting sucked into reading one more article before I block all shades of orange from my feed, I decided a fun dog story might be just the ticket today.   I’ve been thinking about Benson a lot.  Our big ole sweet, goofy, totally loveable Ben gave us many laughs in his lifetime.  I thought I would share some fun Benson stories with you today.     We lived in a small town in Massachusetts when Ben came into our lives.  I remember the phone call that Sunday morning
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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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