This and That

Musings on Being a Writer and My Life

At the Dentist

  • October 8, 2014 2:00 am

  I had extensive dental work done recently. My dentist is a very kind, gentle woman who makes the experience as easy as possible. So instead of being tense and alert, worrying about whether or not something would hurt, I was able to let my mind wander. While I was ensconced in the dental chair,…

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My Love Affair

  • September 20, 2014 3:29 pm

  I have had a love affair with the beach since –well, my earliest memory. The sound of the surf as it rolls onto the shore is a comfort to me. The sand between my toes and the fresh, salt air are sensory delights. To me, the beach is an ever-changing scene: boats drift or…

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Going AWOL

  • September 13, 2014 11:37 pm

  My dog, Sparkle, went AWOL a few nights ago.  She’s back home where she belongs  now, and I’m being  vigilant about  making sure I know where she is at all times. Here is the (almost) tragic tale. It was a dark and gloomy night—okay, it was the latter part of the evening after a…

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I Turned Around

  • August 30, 2014 10:20 am

    I turned around and my daughter was leaving home for college. She was eighteen, a pretty, raven haired girl. We packed her stuff (there was a lot of it) into her red car and our car, too, and drove to the Southern Tier of New York State. Dan bought walkie-talkies so we could…

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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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