For All the #MeToo’s

  I don’t know about you, but for me, I’m kind of stunned at the huge numbers of #MeToo’s I’ve seen since Weinstein was outed. Not to mention the huge number of other disgusting predators who have been exposed. But, none hold a candle to this vile excuse for a man in Alabama.       Writing about my own experiences with sexual predators has a lot to do with what’s taken so long to finish my memoir. Somehow you manage to block those experiences from your mind, simply to keep your own sanity, but they never really leave you.
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The Bathroom Reno Reveal!

  Today I want to brag on my husband, Dave, and shout out a huge thank you to Adam Wing of Magnolia Construction, best cabinet maker ever, and rave about a company that is incredible to work with, Wayfair.com. The bathroom reno is into the finishing touches like moldings and such, and it is beautiful. I marvel at the things involving tools and construction that my husband has always been able to do. He didn’t learn it during his career in retail, and he definitely didn’t learn it from his dad, who could barely tell a hammer from a screwdriver.
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In 1968 Two Crazy Kids Got Married

  I’m sharing a post I published two years ago about our humble beginnings. Now, as we are about to enter our 49th year together, I have updated this a little bit but, not too much because our beginning will be the end of the memoir and I don’t want to spoil that for anyone.     Our wedding was a bit of a rush job due to Dave getting transferred to Scarsdale, NY. I had moved to a tiny furnished apartment in Pittsburgh shortly after high school, and Dave was living with his parents a short drive away. The
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Random Ranting, and Some Good News!

  I have been diligently working on the memoir, and the first draft is almost finished! WOOHOO! Just wanted you to know why the blog has been, somewhat, neglected most of this summer. But, as you know, I turn to all of you whenever a rant has built up to the point of making my head explode. I hope you understand and realize how much I need and appreciate you for times like these.   The memoir has been a way for me to escape the crazy news about the idiot in chief, if only for a few hours a
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Calling Mr. Mueller!

  I am pretty certain there aren’t any drumpf supporters reading my blog posts anymore, and I’m fine with that. But, if there is even one left I hope they will give this post some serious thought. I know a few people who admitted to voting for him to “shake things up”, so they said. Frankly, I didn’t feel a need for that but, I acknowledged their right to vote for change if they felt that need.   What I feel a need for are term limits. You know how it is when you get in a rut and feel
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Seat of the Pants Cooking, Summer edition

  It’s been a couple of years since I’ve posted about my ‘Seat of the Pants’ cooking style. Since the last post, I’ve gotten a new slow cooker and I find them more useful in the heat of the summer than the winter.     In cold winter months, I’d rather have a roast in the oven that fills the house with an aroma that makes your mouth water. Not that you don’t get some good scents coming from the slow cooker but, it’s not the same. Anyway…before I get into what I cooked yesterday I want to tell you
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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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