This and That

Musings on Being a Writer and My Life

I Am A Bookaholic!

  • August 20, 2014 2:39 am

It’s true. I looked it up on the internet, and I present these typical symptoms: I will sit and read for hours at a time, sometimes until my eyes are so tired I can hardly focus on the words on the page. There are stacks of books everywhere in my house—on tables, on chairs and…

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A Taste of Home

  • August 1, 2014 3:25 pm

I think everyone who moves away from home nostalgically remembers foods they loved and can’t get anymore. New Yorkers wax poetically about bagels, pizza and well, just about everything else. Those of us from Buffalo have a soft place in our hearts for chicken wings (notice I did not say Buffalo wings), beef on weck,…

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Then Our Eyes Met…

  • July 24, 2014 2:10 am

My husband had beautiful green-brown hazel eyes. They were, other than his thick, wavy, auburn tinged brown hair, his best feature. When he annoyed me (too many times to count), he’d look at me, eyes all innocent. “Don’t give me those doggie eyes,” I’d say.  Then all the irritation and annoyance would disappear like a…

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Are You Suffering from FSS?

  • July 19, 2014 2:16 am

I wasn’t aware of FSS until very recently. But, after reviewing the symptoms, I am sure that I’m a victim of this dreaded condition. Here are a few of the symptoms of FSS.    Opening your front door to what feels like a blast from a furnace. Sweating so much when you walk from your…

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Hidden Mickeys

  • July 15, 2014 3:21 am

    When you’ve visited Disney World or Disneyland have you ever hunted for “hidden Mickeys?” For those of you who have not enjoyed either of these vacation destinations, or for the uninitiated Disney fan, let me explain this Disney tradition. The idea is to find Mickey silhouettes concealed in out of the way or…

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Old Friends

  • July 10, 2014 1:46 am

I ran into an old friend the other day. After a quick catch-up session, I realized how wonderful it is to see a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. Old friends have a special place in our lives–or at least in mine. They share a history that newer friends don’t. They remember you…

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Happy Birthday Mom

  • July 2, 2014 5:58 am

Today would have been my Mom’s birthday. She would have been ninety two years old—which, no matter how you figure it, is old. I often wonder what she would have been like as a really old lady. I’m pretty sure she would have been as feisty and sarcastic as she was in her younger years—and…

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  • June 25, 2014 7:33 am

  There was a wedding in my family this past weekend—a celebration of and an affirmation that love does exist. It was a wonderful weekend, bringing together family from both coasts and points south and west. The bride and groom (my nephew) glowed with excitement and joy. It was obvious that they entered this marriage…

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It’s Okay to Cry

  • June 14, 2014 6:08 am

    Tears. Crying. Sobbing. Some people can’t stand the sight of tears. They feel uncomfortable when someone in their midst starts to cry. They’ll hand you tissues and tell you that you don’t need to cry. Even demand that you stop.  Then they’ll offer platitudes to “comfort” you. “He’s in a better place.” “She…

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Lan Su Chinese Garden

  • June 4, 2014 5:11 am

In the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon is the Lan Su Chinese Garden which is built on the site of a former parking lot.  It’s modeled after gardens found in Portland’s sister city of Suzhou, China. The name Lan Su means Garden of Awakening Orchids. The gardens are enclosed by buildings that were typical of…

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