Letting Go

April 17th, 2012
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Longer, warmer days are making me yearn for a simpler life.

Lighter clothes and lighter food are definitely the way to go.  There’s something about the change in seasons that makes me want to lighten my material load here on earth and get about to the de-cluttering of my nest.  This past weekend I was cleaning the house and I started pulling stuff out of my closet and making piles of “keep,” “donate” or “give away.”

 Getting  rid of things you never use or wear feels so great!  But de-cluttering isn’t just about your material things.

You can de-clutter your … Read More

Being Positive

April 12th, 2012
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My son came home from college for a brief Easter break and happily it caused a shift in my outlook. For me, the take away message of his visit is all about the importance of having a positive attitude.  Maybe it’s young energy or maybe it’s because he has a smaller plate of responsibilities than I do but my son has a wonderful tendency to find happiness in many things.  Just by being around him, I am reminded that being positive makes living a lot easier. Do you think that sounds obvious?  Maybe so.  But if being positive is so… Read More

Playing With The Moon

April 11th, 2012
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Playing With The Moon By Amir Jutt You invited us into the world of science and made us love it as you did.  You taught us that writing simply and elegantly is not as easy as you made it look.  You passed on more to us than you will ever know. For all of the stories you told before anyone else knew them, for all of the stories you wrestled out of other people’s brains and for all of the stories that flowed from your ever constant fingers on the keyboard, this picture is for you on your special day.… Read More

Happy Birthday Mommy!

April 4th, 2012
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Mother and Child By Pablo Picasso Today is my Mom’s 81st birthday and I truly hope she has a relaxing day. My Mom did an incredible job of raising six children who were born very close in age.  There is only seven years between me (the oldest) and the youngest child.  There is a set of twins in our family and one of my sisters and I were born in the same year so we are the same age for a month.  Think about taking care of six children all by yourself: the logistics, the time, the energy, the patience… Read More

Happy Birthday Daddy!

March 28th, 2012
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Today is my Dad’s 85th birthday and I wish him the happiest of birthdays!!  He is the best Dad in the whole world!! I love him very much and respect what he has done in his life.  He adores the beach and fishing and hanging out near the water.  Today he is spending the day down on Chesapeake Bay with my brothers and I know they will have a blast because they’ll eat and do everything guys like to do. He is quite a wonderful character (you never know what the mail will bring) and a great Dad who once… Read More

Brenda Frese’s Positive Thinking

February 29th, 2012
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When you are raising a family it is easy to get caught up in working too hard to provide for them.  Most people want to improve their family’s quality of life and it’s natural to want to give your family the material things in life that can bring excitement and joy to them.  But in the end, they are just things.  Things can’t hold your hand, tell you they love you or bring you inner peace. In the daily process of making a living, I try to put the brakes on myself and ask myself why I am working so… Read More

Meryl Streep & Margaret Thatcher

February 25th, 2012
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When Hollywood hands out its little gold statuettes tomorrow night, we’ll find out how The Academy voted on the nomination of Meryl Streep and her empathetic performance in the role of Margaret Thatcher as a politician and a wife.  The story is primarily about a British woman attaining so much power in the 1980’s that she became Britian’s first woman prime minister. But the movie is also a love story and a reminder that no matter how high the government position you are elected to, no matter how much money you make, no matter how much privilege surrounds you, human… Read More

A Resilient Giants Victory

February 6th, 2012
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Ron Antonelli/New York Daily News Part of healing and jumping back into the regular routine of life is finding something to care about.  It can be anything in the whole universe and you can change it anytime you want. Yesterday, for me, it was the New York Giants and their 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots. The Super Bowl party I attended was loose and friendly in the beginning of the game but it became a little more tense in the fourth quarter as the clock ticked away and the game looked like it would be decided by one… Read More

Mommy Doesn’t Shave Her Face

December 29th, 2011
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I was shopping the other day at the local drugstore for Christmas stocking stuffers for my son and browsing among all the different shower gels being sold for men.  I was trying to figure out which one my son would use when my eyes traveled over to the section displaying men’s razors. Ahhh..men’s razors.  I was reminded of a period of time right after my husband died.  My son was 13 years old and in the eighth grade.  A tricky time under the best of circumstances.  He had grown some stubble on his face but I didn’t think it was… Read More