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Spinning Straw Into Gold

Feb. 19, 2013 11:14 am 
Updated: Feb. 21, 2013 3:29 pm
Funny how some things you think are going to be bad experiences can turn out to be life lessons that improve you.Our great T-Mobile saga, which I have to tell you became a source of great irritation and another big corp, impersonal bureaucracy disappointment, turned out better than expected… MORE
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Jan. 19, 2013 10:33 am 
Updated: Jan. 24, 2013 9:10 am
We live in Connecticut. Our children and grandchildren live in California. So how did we end up in New Orleans for Christmas?It’s complicated. That seems to be the catch all phrase to explain away totally irrational and uncomplicated reasoning. We chose New Orleans for three good reasons that… MORE
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Dec. 3, 2012 9:34 am 
Updated: Dec. 4, 2012 5:28 pm
Jay and I decided it was time to explore some more New England history for our long Thanksgiving weekend. So we decided on Sturbridge Village.Well, actually, we didn’t exactly decide it that way. I had a Groupon for a hotel in Sturbridge, which I remembered at Stockbridge (I do get these easily… MORE
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Nov. 2, 2012 9:22 am 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 11:28 am
LOFT LIFE: A new realityMy husband and I finally worked out our decision to replace our T-Mobile serviced- non-Internet touch phones with AT&T service for the iPhone. This was a huge decision really, because we are of an age group that still thinks a phone is a phone, and that paying more… MORE
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Oct. 20, 2012 9:09 am 
Updated: Oct. 23, 2012 7:04 am
I come alive in September. It restores me in so many ways:  the humidity and heat of summer are waning and the crisp, cool air of fall enters into my being, invigorating everything in me.                 I do not do well in summer, with weeks of high humidity. In fact, this summer, I sat by… MORE
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Sep. 9, 2012 2:37 pm 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2013 12:20 pm
You guys know I used to be a food critic, right? True. In California, I was invited into the inner sanctum of the California Restaurant Writers Association. They audition you--I mean you have to go through an interview, screening and acceptance, and then you have to follow a set of… MORE
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Sep. 6, 2012 8:57 am 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2012 3:55 pm
One of the advantages of being an "empty nester" is the freedom to do a little weekend and holiday traveling. Even though both my husband and I work--he in corporate America, me as a freelance writer, networking and marketing specialist, resume and career professional, and media buyer (whew!),… MORE
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Aug. 10, 2012 2:25 pm 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2013 12:22 pm
I have made a big point of telling you all how bad my visual skills are. But, when it comes to maps, I am really good at them. I am the navigator on all of our road trips. On foot, my brother always said I can’t find my way to the back door, but in the car, I seem to have a natural sense of… MORE
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Jul. 28, 2012 8:39 am 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2012 2:36 pm
I have to admit, buying my new recycled stainless steel kitchen utensils, responsibly manufactured from countries around the world, and providing a safe and healthy (it’s really healthful folks) environment, fair labor practices, and environmental protection for those who want to live… MORE
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Jul. 24, 2012 7:50 am 
Updated: Jul. 25, 2012 1:43 pm
When I was 12 years old, a new girl moved into the house catty-corner to mine. I took the first opportunity to greet her, say welcome, and went a bit farther in stating that since she was new, and probably didn’t know anyone, I would be happy to be her friend.Her response: “That’s… MORE
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As a freelance writer, I gravitate toward writing about food, travel, entertainment and health topics. My publishing began as business/health writer for The Orange County Business Journal, as drama critic for the Orange County Register, The Los Angeles Times, and Irvine World News, and food critic for Orange County Register's 13 city papers. But I follow my husband around the country, so next destination in IL/WI was freelancing for Stateline Business and Rock River Times (my Lunch with Marjorie column is still online there). Now in CT, I write spinningstrawintogold.blogspot.com, and am gathering readers for my lifestyle stories, including, of course, food. Recently and I've started a second blog: www.citycites.net. Travel along with us empty nesters and discover new places, people, things, and, of course, food. You also can read my column posts at www.lunchwithmarjorie.com. Please become a follower, and leave comments! Thank you so much for reading. Marjorie
My favorite things to cook
breakfast scones
My favorite family cooking traditions
sharing meals with family and friends
My cooking triumphs
grand marnier souffle, which my husband and I make together.
My cooking tragedies
kidney lasagne...hey, we were trying to save $$. lol
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