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Spinning Straw Into Gold

Sep. 27, 2013 9:47 am 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 1:01 pm
I think it is a testimony to God having a sense of humor that to a person, we seem to choose someone as a mate who is our direct opposite in many important areas:I like cool crisp September weather and hate hot humid. My honey likes hot, humid summer weather, and the minute he sees 40 degrees… MORE
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Sep. 4, 2013 12:36 pm 
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013 11:16 am
I was adopted. For some reason, my mother had a hard time not reminding me of that in oh so many ways. She seemed upset that I like the finer things, and was bent on letting me know that was not OK with her.When I was 16, I was out shopping in one of our Philadelphia suburban strip malls, and… MORE
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Aug. 16, 2013 10:06 am 
I have to say right out that I am a natural entrepreneur, so I may be a tad impatient with those who may be more insecure about starting a business.  But, let’s think about this.   We are in a bad economy, and people are jobless. That hurts us all, but especially those who somehow believe it is MORE
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Jul. 8, 2013 9:53 am 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013 10:43 am
I remember reading a Mary Higgins Clark mystery which took place in Cape Cod, and thinking, oh what an elaborate, charming vacation spot that would be. Then, of course, I grew up with the Kennedy’s retreating to their Hyannis Port compound, and admiring the jet set who could join them. It… MORE
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Jun. 16, 2013 12:31 pm 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2013 8:31 am
I drink Starbucks coffee at home because I buy the Kirkland version of their breakfast brew. I drink Starbucks coffee at their stores mostly because I have a loyalty card with dollars on it that, for some reason, I advance them money for. What a great marketing game!   When we had the whole… MORE
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May 20, 2013 11:32 am 
Updated: May 23, 2013 10:15 am
I should have known complications were on my itinerary when my son-in-law questioned my wisdom in booking three connections from Windsor Locks, CT to Burbank, CA. “I’m trying to fly into a closer airport so you don’t have to drive to LAX,” I defended.On a previous trip he had requested I do… MORE
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Apr. 30, 2013 1:32 pm 
Updated: May 2, 2013 12:53 pm
Our move to Connecticut involved downsizing from 2100 sq. ft. to 1200 sq. ft. with a storage area of about 300 sq. ft. This seems to be a growing trend among boomers, so I don’t think we are unusual.But, do the rest of you feel overwhelmed with the need to discard, dispense, give away, trash… MORE
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Apr. 16, 2013 11:39 am 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2013 10:49 am
I believe I suffer from comma phobia. You heard me right. I have a sincere wish to avoid the little rascals altogether. They frighten me. I think it started when I proofread school papers for my daughter, and she would get downgraded from my removal of her commas. This was then exacerbated… MORE
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Mar. 25, 2013 9:47 am 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2013 12:53 pm
After the initial euphoria of using a video phone on my computer, and now Skype, the reality of what this entails has begun to set in.Yes, I can call my grandchildren--which I still haven’t done. And, I can call clients, without the complication and expense of air travel, and yes, there is… MORE
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Mar. 7, 2013 12:41 pm 
Updated: Mar. 9, 2013 11:40 am
I probably should wait a few weeks before writing this. During deep emotional response to life’s little losses, isn’t always the best time to express raw feeling. But,then if I wait a few weeks, the raw feeling will get analyzed, objectified, and dried out--so maybe it is better to write… MORE
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My favorite things to cook
breakfast scones, a myriad of stuffed peppers, frittatas, and lately Grouper.
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grand marnier souffle, which my husband and I make together.
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kidney lasagne...hey, we were trying to save $$. lol
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