I relish my momma’s advice because I so seldom got any; she was a busy homemaker. Every word was cash in the bank, kept in memory for all it was worth. Because it was always pithy and true, a keeper.

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”; “You are judged by the company you keep, so choose wisely”; “Waste not, want not”; and so it went.… ...

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We’ve had a host of house guests in Casa Colando, California: most interesting, some sublime, some ridiculous, some petty, a nervy test to the nerves. Reader beware, lest the latter people come to inhabit your house.

A couple called, saying that they were flying to Las Vegas, touring Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon, and that they thought they’d saunter over to California to visit with us.… ...

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I took a blank paged book to Africa, to write in everyday impressions, facts, experiences. It’s a habit that we gleaned from my parents, the intrepid travelers we impersonate. We noticed that they recalled each of their trips in vibrant details, complete with facts and opinions.… ...

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Zippety-doo-dahAs you may recall I am a process-oriented person, not a product-oriented person. So it was not what happened, but how it happened that shook me to my core.

I was seated in my car, just a few minutes before 5:00 on a week day, stashing the dry cleaning receipt in the cup holder, so that I’d not forget to retrieve my clothes on the promise date.… ...

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Cheshire Cate

I have a nighttime talent that goes beyond sleep and sex: I awaken whenever dreams go awry with malicious, malevolent content. Seriously. The nightmares are  infrequent, thank goodness, for the villains are vibrantly real, the faces fully recognizable – and, if I ever meet these people in life, I will run like the devil.… ...

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Recipe: Knock You Naked Brownies

Brownies

Prep Time: 15 Minutes  |  Cook Time: 23 Minutes  |  Difficulty: Easy  |  Servings: 12

Ingredients

1 box (18.5 Ounce) German Chocolate Cake Mix

1 cup finely chopped Pecans

1/3 cup Evaporated Milk

1/2 cup Evaporated Milk (additional)

1/2 cup Butter, Melted

60 whole Caramels, Unwrapped

1/3 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1/4 cup Powdered Sugar… ...

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