Say What You Mean–Please!

October 13, 2011

I’m writing this at the airport; Delaney and I are waiting for our flight to LaGuardia.  My big resolution for this post is to proofread it before it goes live.  Several of my posts in the last couple of weeks were written in, um, unusual settings (one on a plane, another in the car while […]

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What To Do With Those Old Photos?

October 12, 2011

Latest update on the Great De-clutter of 2011: Photographs. Those of you who came of age since the digital revolution can just skip today’s post–you won’t understand. But the rest of us?  Those of us who used to have old-timey cameras that used that weird stuff called film?  We’re still living with the detritus of […]

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

October 11, 2011

October is always busy (not sure why; we just always seem to have lots going on at this time of year), but this year it’s even crazier than usual.  I’m turning the laundry around and headed back to New York–not tomorrow, actually, but Thursday, which might as well be tomorrow given how much I have […]

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Warning: This is an Epic Long Saga of a Day Gone Awry

October 10, 2011

I  sort of accidentally went off the grid last week.  Didn’t mean to–thing were . . . beyond my control. We knew all along that Thursday was going to be complicated.  I woke up filled with dread at the thought of how long it would be before I got to sleep again.  Things went downhill […]

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Health Care Questions

October 5, 2011

I came across this link the other day, to an article aimed at the “sandwich generation” (people “sandwiched” between the needs of kids and the needs of aging parents).  It’s a list of questions you should ask your parents, regarding their health/medical care. I thought it was valuable; perhaps it will prompt some important conversations.

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How to Avoid Tainted Cantaloupe

October 4, 2011

I’m sure you’ve all been hearing about the huge Listeria outbreak that seems to have come from a crop of contaminated cantaloupe.  When we first saw the story on the news, there happened to be half a cantaloupe, cut up and ready to eat, in a Tupperware in our refrigerator.  Lee had already eaten the […]

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Wardrobe Malfunction

October 3, 2011

So, Lee has this mild obsession with a clothing company called Scott E-Vest.  It’s an interesting concept:  the clothes are designed to enable the wearer to travel without luggage.  This fellow actually did an around-the-world trip (the No-Baggage Challenge) to promote their products. My darling husband does love a gimmick.  *sigh* So he has quite […]

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Raleigh International Festival

September 30, 2011

I know I carry on about this every autumn, but this year I’m remembering to urge my (local) readers ahead of time: Go, go, go! The International Festival is one of my favorite events of the whole year–it’s even more fun if you have kids you can drag along.  Food, traditional costumes, dancing, food, cultural […]

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Bread

September 29, 2011

  Organisms.  Molecules. Fermentation, gasses rising–living and breathing, Cells divide and multiply. They pick up speed, burning through fuel, growing–exploding. The symbiosis of protein and carbohydrate, ensnared by The profligate expansion of a microscopic miracle. Flour, water, salt. The staff of life–the daily bread. Sustenance and comfort; a living mystery, a stale, hard crust. Wars […]

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Rewriting. Again.

September 28, 2011

Last week, a writer friend of mine, giving me feedback on the draft of my novel, announced–on page 123–that she was having trouble seeing the connection between plot line A and plot line B. For a split second, I considered throwing my computer out the window and getting a job removing wallpaper (not that I’m […]

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