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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Jobs, I’ve had a few!

  I thought I would write a few posts about the assorted employment positions I’ve had over the years. Hence the title. My first job was raising my brothers. It started when I was ten and lasted until I left home at eighteen. There was no pay involved. After high school, I knew college was not financially an option. I was the first high school graduate in my family. I wanted to accept an apprenticeship with an ad agency but, it didn’t coincide with mom’s schedule so she wouldn’t let me take the position. It was 1968 and Sunoco was
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I’m With HER, Here’s Why

  I’ve been thinking about friendships and how they may appear to others. Aside from our ‘besties’ we all have casual relationships that border on the fringe of acquaintances and sometimes grow into more. You meet someone at work and have an interesting conversation, maybe then you decide to meet for lunch. Over time you arrange a dinner date with your spouses. Maybe you all hit it off and the friendship grows richer, or maybe you simply continue to have occasional dinner dates.       My husband got transferred annually for much of our marriage and distance can make
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The Loss of One of the Good Guys

  Friendships are rarely stagnant, rather they ebb and flow as we all grow and change. There are friends from childhood who you may not have seen for many years but whenever you do you pick up right where you left off.   Many school friendships end when we graduate and perhaps move to another part of the country or the world, for that matter. We stay in touch for a while and soon it’s the annual holiday cards exchanged. We don’t lose the memories of these friends because, I believe, all friendships have a bearing on how we change
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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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Birthdays and Blogging

    This was posted in July when I was ruminating about turning 66. Sometimes I feel ‘rode hard’ like the famous Route 66, but most days I am not even close to that number.   It’s birthday week which reminds me why I started this blog. As 2010 lurked around the corner I began to dread the impending birthday mid-year.   Sixty   It seemed so daunting and oppressive. Thinking back on the year I turned forty, in a time when we weren’t supposed to trust anyone over forty, I wondered why that didn’t bother me one bit. I
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When Friends Become Family

  So, I’m sitting here on the porch of our old house, only I’m on the downstairs porch where our friends live. It still feels like home because we are like family.       I will never forget the phone call from our realtor when we found out there was a house we could afford to buy in our favorite beach town, Ocean City, NJ. In the beginning, we had two toddlers and found a place behind Gillian’s Amusement Pier we could afford by sharing with two or three other couples for weekends. It was 1974 and it was
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What Fills You With Joy?

  As we get closer to…to I don’t really know what, and every day is another adventure in insanity, I thought I would share a little beauty to brighten your winter day. Spoiler alert: It’s a rerun. But, hopefully looking at these beautiful flowers will brighten your day, and maybe your mood. Have a wonderful day! b 1/9/17     Here we are in the middle of June 2016, in the worst political climate I can ever remember. This post is not about politics. I need to take a break from the insanity that is going on in our world
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Small Town America

  With all the moving around we’ve done over the last 40+ years there was one constant, Dave had his job and every promotion was a transfer. Since his job paid the bills I was forced to follow my grandmother’s sage advice, “If you want to keep your hand in the pocket you gotta move with the pants.” The upside to all the moves was being able to continually reinvent myself. I have had many career reinventions, including a few businesses of my own, and it has been my extended education.   One of the most enjoyable was a modeling
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