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I Rise! We All Rise Up Against Domestic Violence!

  This is a 500 word essay I wrote for My Inner Chick, aka Kim Sisto-Robinson, about domestic violence called ‘I Rise’. It was a contest created to shine light on this scourge in our society, which ultimately killed Kim’s sister, Kay. My essay didn’t win, but I hope you will click on the link above and read the winning essay. It is powerful! If we don’t write and talk about domestic violence it stays in the shadows. Only bringing it into the light will create change. I have written many posts over the past five years about domestic violence I
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Here we go…. Into the Next Five Years!

    Today is the 5th anniversary for this blog. Hard to believe! I thought I would share my very first post, which was all about the big birthday I was facing…60. I have to say, I have fewer issues with turning 65 this year than I had turning 60, and blogging has a lot to do with that. The people I’ve met through this wonderful medium have taught me so much, made me laugh at myself, and been unbelievably supportive. You are the best, and I am grateful for all of you! I have met some of you in
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Rescue Pets…The Perfect Valentine!

  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and I wanted to share a post from last year to make your heart warm, and hopefully encourage you to support your local shelter’s and, if you’re looking for a pet, find your true love there. I recently learned about http://theshelterpetproject.org/ and wanted to share their info with you. This is a wonderful way to find a pet! Check them out and let me know what you think.   Now on with the post! Have you ever rescued an animal? I don’t mean pulling one from a raging river, although that would be admirable. I’m talking
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Mother Nature and Father Time are Cruel!

  Where to begin… Back in the day I had a pretty decent body, great hair, good skin, and I never appreciated it as I should have. I did some modeling, worked with models, and owned a modeling agency. Still, I wasn’t happy with my body.   From my first modeling portfolio   After having two kids I was never able to lose the paunch. That’s not true…I could have if I’d really worked at it, but I didn’t. I even bought a health club, thinking I could teach aerobics and it would miraculously disappear. Crazy, huh? At forty-two years
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Georgia on My Mind/ 16

  This is the 16th installment of my Grandmother’s story. It’s Historical fiction. If you’re new here you can start by clicking the Georgia on My Mind link on the sidebar. Maggie knew she had to stay in Georgia for a while to help Jewel with the baby. It was a difficult birth and no one knew how he would respond to the eye surgery. Grady had to get back to work. They couldn’t afford for him to take any more time off, so he was driving back to Toledo alone. They were hoping things would be better in a
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Childhood Diseases, and a Return to Georgia on My Mind

I’ve been thinking about vaccines lately, and the anti-vaccine movement brought on by Jenny McCarthy. I never understood how so many, seemingly, intelligent people could follow her lead. If you’ve seen the parents on TV or read their reasons for not vaccinating their kids, they seem fairly educated. I understand wanting what is best for your child, but I don’t understand anyone with half a brain deciding all the medical research and lack of childhood diseases we’ve experienced over the past 50 years could be a bad thing. Can you imagine saving for years to take your kids to Disney
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Celebrating a Great Year and Looking Forward!

  One of the nice things about blogging is being able to go back and read what was going on around this time last year. It’s good to have ideas and plans for the new year ahead, and if you blog you get to see which ideas became reality and some that may have been too ambitious. It might be best to put some ideas into my journal and keep them out of public view, but hey, why blog if you aren’t going to share the failures as well as the successes. We can all learn from failure, whether our
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Christmas Memories and New Traditions…Life is GOOD!

  Christmas is in three days. It kind of snuck up on me. Mostly because I had a vision for this particular Christmas, and it didn’t materialize in any way shape or form. So I moved it to the back of my mind. That’s ok, really.   I’ve learned a lot about myself and others this year. Nostalgia aside, wishing and hoping will never make anything happen. You have to create your own happiness and memories, and hope you’ll be satisfied with the result down the road. This may not be the Christmas I thought I had ‘sort of’ planned,
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Randomness from Cape Maybe…

    I am so behind with posting, and I apologize to you all. It’s a busy time of year, and we’re still in renovation mode, but it bothers me when I can’t find time to write. Since it’s been a while I feel the need to give you some randomness from Cape May. We’re still adjusting. It’s a much slower pace, for sure, and we’re still in city mode. We first heard of ‘Cape Maybe’ when we had contractors in and out daily. No one was ever on time. The plumber was three days late once, and didn’t even
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The Duffy Chronicles Continues!

    “How did you become an artist?”     I’ve been asked this question many times. I never had an answer, because I was in denial. “I just have an ability to draw or paint, I guess,” would be my lame response. And, I meant it. I never went to school to study art, although my senior year in high school was comprised of a government class, and four art classes. Art was my refuge. Mrs. Ellis, the art teacher, was wonderful. I felt I belonged in her classroom. Then I took about twenty-five years off to raise my
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