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Spinning Straw Into Gold

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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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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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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