Old White Men Syndrome

  I’d like to discuss a problem I feel we here in the USA seem to have that most other democracies do not. Old White Men Syndrome.     Now, don’t get me wrong, I love many ‘old white men’. My husband is on that list. I suppose I should change it to read, Old White Republican Men Syndrome. My husband and sons and male friends are more about equality than oppression of ‘the weaker sex’. I’m not talking about niceties like opening a door for someone being a problem, that’s simply good manners and if I’m at the door
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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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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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Never Give Up!

It has been a rough week for me. I blame drumpf.     Dave got a cold and I got bronchitis. Don’t ask me why because, if I knew that I could defend against it. It’s been a few years since I’ve had this perpetual coughing jag and I wasn’t missing it, that’s for sure. Of course, I waited until I simply couldn’t take the coughing any longer before I went to the doctor. After a good listen to the rattling chest she came back into the room with a nebulizer for me to suck on while she ordered up
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The Nuclear Football a Party Favor?

  It has been two weeks since my last post here on the blog. I apologize for slacking but, I’ve been a little depressed and empty of words that make sense or, at least seem to have meaning.     I had intended to keep the politics off this site and use HuffPost for all of that but, I know many of you are political junkies like me and share the same views. I’m sure those who don’t have left this cyberspace a while back. That’s fine with me! I feel bad for anyone who has ties to drumpf fans
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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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