The Porch

Years ago I wrote some poetry. Most of it was personal and a sort of catharsis, but a few poems became favorites of mine and other’s enjoyed them too. So I thought I’d post the one I have framed at the beach house, to celebrate this gorgeous weather we’re expecting over the weekend. ‘The Porch’ The sun rises, the porch awaits.Strains of Mozart, hot coffee and the morning paper…The perfect day begins!Gentle breezes wafting, greeting us from the beach…Cocktails and conversation, family and friends,On the Porch. Night settles in, the porch is calm.Candlelight and stars, jazz softly playing…As we resist
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World’s Most Beautiful Women?!?

I was thrilled to read about Wizard Jeans (a UK co.) Top Ten list of the most Beautiful Women in the World! Those of us who are closer to 60 than zero can really celebrate this event! Here’s the list: #1 Penelope Cruz… age 36 #2 Claudia Schiffer… age 40 #3 Kristin Scott Thomas… age 50 #4 Queen Rania of Jordan… age 40 #5 Catherine Deneuve… age 67 #6 Dame Helen Mirren… age 65 #7 Charlize Theron… age 35 #8 Kate Beckinsale… age 37 #9 Natasha McElhone… age 39 #10 Sophia Loren… age 76 Now, I have to admit I
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What gives you Bliss?

I’ve had a few days without internet I could depend on, (had to try and grab an open wifi when possible), and on top of that… no TV! That, my friends is my idea of roughing it! I also have to mention that I was at our beach house. The beach house is, aside from my kids, one of the greatest gifts God has ever given me! Not that I didn’t work like a dog to get it… believe me I waited 30+ yrs. and it was worth everything. That said… we haven’t had cable or internet hooked up yet,
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Little Victories!

Since I started this blog in late Feb., I’ve been thinking a lot about life, in general and mine specifically. Not obsessing, mind you… I don’t obsess. However, I believe that if you don’t have a purpose, maybe you should ask yourself why you are here. Sometimes, I believe, we are here for someone other than ourselves. That’s ok. But, while you’re helping someone else, try to keep yourself active. Learn new things, be adventurous, above all… GROW! Which brings me to my little victory… if you look at the side bar on this blog you will now see a
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Leaving the U.N. for Long Island

After our year in NJ at the ’U.N.’ Garden Apt. we were transferred to Long Island. Again, stuck in the metropolitan NYC area with no real disposable income. But, with 2 small kids, it was just as well. We did manage to find a large duplex to rent, so we had more room, anyway. We settled in Port Washington, on the North Shore of L.I. because we had friends in that area. It turned out the duplex was only a block away from them, so that influenced our decision. The landlords lived downstairs from us and I have to say
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Is 60 the new 40??

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve been reading MORE magazine for 20 years. Then I looked up it’s launch date and realized it’s only been 12 years since it hit the news stand. Twelve years ago I was 48, but I remember feeling that finally there was a magazine for ME! If you aren’t familiar with this publication, and let me say that if you are a female over 40 you should be, it was ground breaking when it launched. A woman’s magazine geared to those of us 40+?   Really?  Yes!  Really!  I mean, let’s face
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Family/ friends; Friends/family

We drove a couple of hours to spend the weekend with our son, Greg and his wife Marsha. They’re expecting their first baby in September! So this will be a short post today, because I’m still a little pooped. We always have fun together! I can’t tell you how it makes me feel to know that my kids are also my friends. It is the best! I’ve written before about how I’m not one of those that goes gaga over little babies. I used to feel strange about that, but I now know that I’m not the only woman in
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Culture, not yogurt

Culturally I was a very late bloomer. If you’ve read any of this blog you know there wasn’t a lot of culture in my house, to say the least! We didn’t even have yogurt! Culture in its broadest sense is cultivated behavior; that is the totality of a person’s learned, accumulated experience which is socially transmitted, or more briefly, behavior through social learning. I loved reading at school, but we had nothing to read at home. Not even a daily newspaper most of the time. I would occasionally pick up magazines at the market, but I doubt that Teen Magazine
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Blame it on the Food Network!

My Grandmother, my dear Mamaw, was just one deep fryer away from being Paula Deen. Southern accent and all! There’s a saying… Some live to eat, others eat to live. Mamaw was the former. Until the Food Network came along, I was the latter. The new term now is ‘locavore’, meaning buy fresh and local. I guess that’s what I’ve become. I go to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, not to mention Farmer’s Markets when they’re open, more often than the big chain stores. I’ve seen the shows and read about how animals are raised and slaughtered, and yet I
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Psychic Vampires

We’ve all experienced psychic vampires. You know the people who are always negative, always have a ’yes, but’ response to any great idea? If you’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on TV, which I hope you have, you would recognize Alice the lunch lady as a psychic vampire. Here’s Jamie going into Huntington W.Va to try and save their kids and adults, too. Seems Huntington was deemed the ’unhealthiest city’ in America, due primarily to obesity. So he’s starting with the schools to change their lunch programs. Alice thinks it’s a good idea, BUT it won’t work. The show’s
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