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Life as a Miracle: an evening dress and an ICU visit

This miracle started with a fundraiser, well, it actually started with a disease. Cancer, the big, f***ing, frightening disease.

I’d had breast cancer – and before that, my mom did. We survived, lived to tell our tale and show our support for others facing the enormous scope of this disease.… ...

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What love is –

 What love is:

  • relentless tender feelings and accommodation of foibles…
  • utter lack of practicality to provide any and all support…
  • ardent devotion gingerly mingled with silliness: to take oneself seriously is to undermine the nature of loving another more than oneself…
  • enthusiasm for all things, large, small, and/or incidental… to acknowledge the joy in the eyes of another
  • kindness and covering up, derailing bullets that could strike your loved one’s pride or heart…
  • discernment of true intent of expression, whether facial, gestural, or vocal… or no body language at all.

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Creative Outlets for Me and Thee

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Hmnn… The question of the day creates joy in me! I love to expound on my plethora of talents and tries and transient exuberances, my all things creative pastimes.

Note that word within a word: past. Most of my creative outlets have been ‘single semester’ toss-asides.… ...

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Our Friends are Here! Our Friends are Here!

PJ, Ed, Narelle, and Larry in Sydney, Australia

Good morning! Today we will pick up our Aussie friends from the airport. It’s been three years since we’ve seen them and we have much to discuss, much to celebrate. Jubilance abounds!

Ed and Narelle will have celebrated their birthdays in January, but we’ll re-celebrate them here, American style with cake!… ...

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Aspen, the Community of One

Our friends in Colorado gushed over the fall color, the golden oneness of an Aspen grove when my husband and I rhapsodized about the fall color that we missed from our childhoods in the Midwest, during a visit with them last June.… ...

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12-step program for accumulated pen return

During a burst of housecleaning, a seldom-seen occurrence in our house, I found a drawer full of pens with bank logos, our optometrist, UCI MIND (ha-Alzheimer’s research), our church, swag from a fellow author… It suddenly occurred to me that I was/am a wanton inkpen klepto  😉

What’s needed in our household is a 12-step program for accumulated pen return, sort of like AA’s step where one must seek each person who you’ve maligned in the past and apologize.… ...

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The point of Hide’nSeek is to lose –

What was your favorite childhood game? Did you hopscotch, play board games, jump rope, or kick the can?

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Was your sports passion baseball, volleyball, football, or golf? Whether you spectated or played, did you have a ball?

Did you play Bunco or Bingo as an adult?… ...

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The Inciting Incident for a Novel Amount of Cash

What would make a great premise or inciting incident for a book? A hook for a reader – or for you, the writer? A murder, a secret, and/or promise to tell-all? A hint, a hazard, a second guess? Another of PJ’s infamous loose-with-the-truths?… ...

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Cringe-worthy Questions and Queries

Oh dear, here comes the flurry of questions again. At a party, in an after-church conclave, at a dinner with friends. I cringe despite a resolution to relax. I paste an ‘I’m pleased to answer you’ smile on my face and inhale.… ...

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Words & Music: Rock ‘n Roll

What was the soundtrack of your coming of age?

For my husband and I, it was rock ‘n roll, a genre that was reportedly named by a radio DJ in Cleveland, a city in the Midwest, near our roots states of Indiana and Michigan.… ...

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