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My Tampa house is covered up in boxes, bubble-wrap and stuff and the pile of empty boxes in the garage is getting smaller by the day.Today, I had coffee with a friend I’m going to miss terribly and an early dinner with a dear old friend who offered sage advice. Newer and old friends. How interesting . . .
So many people in need, especially this holiday season...and I know so many of you are already helping. But here's another. A writer friend of a friend is losing her home and must move from Southern California to a cold and wintry East Coast climate. She has very little clothing suitable for cold, . . .
I was trying not to be maudlin so I haven't mentioned this. School is over. Portion of an email from one of my students: Thank you for the class. Even though there were a couple times that i didnt get what i was doing and got pissed off. it was a fun class. Let us know how the wedding pans . . .
I've been thinking about Diana's observations about corporate America in her blog a few days ago. (Corporate "America" is kind of misnomer these days, though.)When I became a consultant I swore I wouldn't go back into corporate America, and I haven't. Although if I needed an income and an . . .
My brother sent me this a while back. I think it's pretty profund in its own way and I think about it a lot.All we can do is try 2 make the best decisions we can and find some happiness. . . .
These last few years have been a real adventure...especially as I discover the dirty little secrets of aging that apparently are kept from the young. I think it's my duty to reveal them, just so you young 'uns can be prepared.Who knew that if you walked 10 miles in Vienna (Austria, not Georgia) . . .
I was looking for some writing today and ran across this, below, which I didn't write. But I like it. And I believe it. Life is too short to wake up with regrets.So love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don't.Believe everything happens for a reason.If you get a chance, take . . .
Remember way back when, some psychologist developed a Life Change Scale, assigning a value to every big thing that could happen in your life? The idea was to calculate the cumulative value of the life events you're facing, and then adjust your behavior to accommodate them. The list appears below. . . .
Doing the right thing.Sometimes you just don’t want to.Sometimes you’re afraid to.Sometimes you just can’t.Sometimes it drives you crazy if you don't.Fantasy.It has its place.But by definition, it isn’t reality.In Love.The topic came up on my first date with DH2B. Sitting with him over lunch at . . .
I awakened before 4a.m. to the soothing sound of rain in the palms. Riley and I were all warm under the covers and he was a little …well, not puzzled, because it’s not that unusual for me to awaken so early. But he was curious. In that “what the heck are you doing up at this hour again?” kind of . . .
The economic news continues to be....grim. Although I love living in some other imaginary time and place, it's impossible to completely do that--economic realities are intruding. And like so many others, DH2B and I are pushing the hold button on some plans. We're moving our wedding out to the . . .
Go straight to my friend, Diana's, blog and read her post from today called Interesting Enough. www.creativestructures.blogspot.com As a former corporate executive, I couldn't have said it better. . . .
It's hard to see my adorable little house for the trees...jacaranda, palms, all sorts of tropical foliage. I've loved it and I'll miss it. . . .
Yes, Tampanians, we have light rail. The stop is right in the neighborhood. Eat your hearts out! Although I'm not sure it takes me anywhere I can't conveniently drive. The open field is the dog park--can't wait to introduce Riley to it. Analog Devices--for you San Joseans, so you can place where we . . .
Yes, the penthouse. ;-) That's DH2B stepping outside to the smoking lounge. And that's the kitchen, where I'll be barefoot but not pregnant. The archway looks very southern California, with the palms. There aren't many palms in San Jose. In fact, I'll bet we have more on our apartment property than . . .
NOTE ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. I am going to refer to Indians and India. This was conceptualized before the tragedy of the past few days and I mean no disrespect. A writer’s gotta write what's in her head or it will drive her crazy. I pray for those who died this past week and decry the craziness . . .
Thanksgiving with the Brady/Xiques clan was worth every minute of the 60 miserable ones we spent on the nightmare that is 19th Avenue. Many families’ tradition is to walk the Golden Gate Bridge on Thanksgiving, and 19th Avenue leads through the City (SF) and over the Golden Gate to Marin County, . . .
Before we all scatter for the holidays, I thought I'd share a beautiful Thanksgiving piece I received from a girlfriend yesterday. This is such a wonderful holiday and really time to remember and honor the many blessings in our lives. Especially today, as an antidote to everything else that's going . . .
I know it's a holiday week, but still....I was just in the kitchen. The young professionals were discussing a young woman who had a date with a doctor. The doctor said he had something to confess: he liked going to "cuddle parties." See photo. Ummm. Yeah. I mean, it looks nice and everything, and . . .