Pat Conroy

March 11th, 2016
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The most powerful words in English are ‘Tell me a story’ 

~ Pat Conroy

In the midst of all the hurly burly reporting of election politics that’s boldly been crowding our daily headlines,  there was a sad piece of human news last weekend that I felt got lost in the shuffle: Pat Conroy, a courageous man and super talented writer, lost his battle to cancer and died at the age of 70.

I say courageous because that’s the first word that comes to my mind when I think of him and his unusual ability to intimately … Read More

Dreamy Monday Music

March 7th, 2016
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  I was cleaning out my car over the weekend and found a Vanessa Williams CD under one of the car seats that I used to play all the time.  Don’t you love it when you unexpectedly find things that you forgot about?  I think the best surprise is when you put on a jacket or a coat you haven’t worn in awhile and you find money in the pockets.  Yes! Isn’t that a great feeling? In any case, getting back to my newly found CD, music is always a great friend.  Every morning as I drive to work, I… Read More

Friday Is Special

March 4th, 2016
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Fridays are special and let me count some of the reasons why: — end of the work week — beginning of the weekend — hopeful — full of possibility — triggers need to hum, sing, dance or all three! — time to get together with family or friends — relax by thinking of inspiring thoughts such as the following two I recently discovered: Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~ Lao-Tzu I do not at all understand the mystery of grace… Read More

Let Them Eat Cake

February 29th, 2016
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A Variety of Wedding Cakes Weddings are the ultimate in family celebrations and June 11 is the big day for my son and his wonderful fiancé! As many of you already know, wedding planning is made up of hundred of decisions, large and small and as with most things life, the process is so different from when I got married decades ago. I mean this in a good way because now there are more choices about invitations, places to get married and of course, the cake which makes the wedding feel that much more personal, reflecting the styles of the… Read More

She Works Hard For The Money

February 26th, 2016
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Let’s talk about money. I know.  The subject of money is a delicate one for it goes to the core of our values, our lifestyles and perhaps even the pride we take in being able to support ourselves. Whether you are 18 or 81-years-old, single, married or widowed, every woman needs to know the financial facts about owning a home and knowing where and how much money is currently in the bank.  Please don’t think that someone is going to go out of their way to explain it to you.  If you already have a person who is helping you… Read More

Drinking Sunshine

February 22nd, 2016
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    This past weekend the winter weather window opened up for a well-timed warming trend and for a few hours our buddy The Sun popped through the cold and the clouds and energized everything in its path. It gave me hope that Spring is really and truly on the way and with it a renewed sense of purpose. What an energy boost! As I sat in my car waiting for the traffic light to turn green, I closed my eyes and drank in as much sunshine and Vitamin D as possible.  Basking in the sun always gives me a… Read More

Do I Have To Go?

February 19th, 2016
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      When I was a young child, maybe eight or nine years old, my Mom said something to me about the meaning of paying your last respects to those people whom you care about that has stayed with me my whole life. She was talking to me about a family funeral that she and my Dad were getting ready to attend. I remember it as one of those conversations where I followed her from room to room as she talked.  This was not unusual given that she had six children to keep track of so if you wanted… Read More

Mental Health: A Sunny Escape

February 15th, 2016
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  Dear Winter: Snow again?? Really?? Even though you are not my favorite season, I know there is no way around you and when the calendar signals that it’s your turn, I need to get ready for the temperature changes and the shorter days.  I dragged out all of my winter geared and prepared myself to get in the habit of layering my clothes.  I reminded myself that the one positive thing about your arrival is the celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s Eve so you do bring some reasons to party. But still you’ve been hanging around… Read More

Thinking about Cupid

February 12th, 2016
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  In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and this coming weekend is all about Cupid, a funny and fickle little guy associated with the warm and fuzzy feelings of desire, affection and love! What is this thing called love?  Well, it’s one big powerful field of unbelievable emotion that practically knocks you over the first time you experience it.  Being in love and giving love are some of the most exhilarating feelings in the whole world and if I had my way we would all be feeling it as much as possible on… Read More