The 7 link Challenge!

Today I’m taking the 7 link challenge from ProBlogger.net, which came about in a timely fashion for me. I had planned to bring back some of my older posts, since all the networking I’ve been doing has begun to pay off and there are many new readers. So, here we go… My 1st post: Here We Go. I should mention that I began with WordPress and have since moved to Blogger. But, my angst over turning 60 this year (happened last week :-0) was what prompted my blogging experience. I’m so happy I turned 60! The post I enjoyed writing most,
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Moving Day

After I got back to the trailer with my grandfather he said he was leaving for a bit, but would be right back. He went to get oil. He also brought back groceries. I’m sure my grandmother said, “You make sure those babies have enough to eat!” Once mom found out everyone knew where we were she didn’t seem to care who stopped by. One day my brother and I had a visit from his uncle, Marvin.  He and his wife had a son who was a few years younger than me. Marvin asked me if we’d like to come
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Sounds of Silence

My mother had left her 3rd husband, for the 3rd time, and run off with her new boyfriend. We were living in a small town, outside of Toledo, when my mother started having an affair with the guy who owned the ice cream shop in town. He was also married. As a matter of fact, I was going to school with his kids! So when the whole town discovered them, (and you know it always ends that way), he told her he’d set her up in her own place and help her get a job. Now, don’t go thinking swanky
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Top Ten things I won’t do when I’m ‘old’…

Well friends, it’s birthday eve. The birthday that gave me a gift… this blog! I began writing this in Feb. while dealing with a few issues about turning 60 this year. I haven’t resolved them all, but most. Here is my friend Annemarie sitting between two of my heroes… Peg and Eunice. This was taken at ‘Girl’s Weekend at the Beach’ last year, and I want you to know that no one enjoyed themselves more than Eunice! We lost Eunice this year, but I will never forget how young at heart and fun she was. I want to be these
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to beach, or not to beach… that is the question!

I love the beach! I just don’t enjoy sitting on sand…and I’m not a huge sun worshiper, in the tanning sense. My love has nothing to do with sand and sun. Well, maybe the sun. OK, so you think I’m crazy… join the crowd. I should also mention I don’t know how to swim, and have a little fear of deep water, which keeps me from jumping in to cool off. We have spent most every weekend, every summer, for 18 years at the beach. For the past 10 I’ve spent even more time than that. But I very rarely
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Don’t worry… Be Happy!

Just a short post today to say… Life is Good. Sometimes we worry too much about things that are out of our control, and then the entire situation turns out better than expected. You can’t get that time back, you know… that worry time. A friend recently posted a quote on facebook that says it all: You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future! amen to that! So I hope you live in the moment and enjoy every minute of this holiday weekend. For my friends who are in other countries and
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Life is Change!

I’ve been sharing some of the stories about my childhood lately, and the message I’m trying to convey is that we can all find the strength we need when we need it. I grew up in the family that put the ‘dis’ in disfunctional… but have you ever met a truly ‘functional’ family?? A comedian that I use to represent, back in my talent agent days, had the best line… ‘We just met, but I know we have a lot in common… we all grew up in a 2 story house… the story you told the neighbors and the truth!’
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Parents that are Grand…

I used to get this question a lot… ‘How did you turn out so normal considering your crazy childhood?’  I have to admit, I never knew how to answer.  I think ‘normal’ is a relative term, and I used to be stumped by the question.  It took me years to finally figure out what kept me sane through the craziness… my Grandparents! Vera Jane and Forrest Grady Tate (circa 1965)   A little back story… My grandfather was a Southern Baptist minister, who was very physically abusive to his 4 kids. They were very strict with their kids.   Their
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Changes and Challenges

Today I want to write about change, challenges and how we handle it. I’m going through some personal challenges at the moment that are definitely going to create change.  But, I believe the change has been long overdue.  Besides, I rarely back away from a challenge in life. When I was 12 years old I ran away from home with my 2 yr. old brother.  Some people are shocked when they hear that, and some people think I must have been such a brave and strong young girl.  Strong, yes… brave?  I had adults that helped me before, during and
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THE Wedding of 2009!

I hope wherever you were this Father’s Day weekend it was as beautiful as it was here. But today’s post is about last year’s Father’s Day weekend, and the most beautiful wedding you can imagine. I’m a city girl. I know nothing about farms and barns. Or I should say, I knew nothing until last year. As a floral designer I’ve adapted to many a venue and always been pleased with the result, but creating a wedding reception in a barn, on a farm in VA, was a first for me! There wasn’t any pressure though… it was just my
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