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March 2011 - Page 3 of 5 - All The Single Girlfriends

You Have .. Snail Mail!

Mar 17, 2011 by

I miss receiving snail mail.  The only snail mail I get these days are my bills and that, I definitely do not miss. There was a time when the sight of an approaching postman would fill me with excitement.  Today, I am filled with dread whenever I see my postman.  He never brings anything good anymore.  Just bills, bills and more bills.  Whatever happened to the days when the arrival of a postman heralded a love letter?  Or a card from a friend?  Letters from mom or dad? Email has sucked the romance out of mails. Would you believe that the last greeting card I received via snail mail was 17 years ago?  Yep, those should now be on display at the Smithsonian.  The last time my mom sent me a birthday card was...

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I Want Annette Bening’s Hair (She can keep Warren Beatty)...

Mar 16, 2011 by

And I’ve tried…and tried…and tried.  I’ve finally had the startling epiphany (after attempt #48 or so) that I’ll never have her hair – because I don’t have her head (including that gorgeous 53-year-old happy kitten face). Well, duh, Mary. How often have even the most independent, self-confident of us tried to look like or be something we’re not?  Let’s pause here for a second in not-so-loving memory of the ubiquitous “Rachels” back in the day…’K. moving on. I didn’t have the ‘do. I thought it was quite sufficient for Jennifer Anniston to run around in the thing (followed by herd of hairdressers to keep the coif)…and she was recently quoted that it was “the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen.” Then there’s the depressing I’m supposed to look/be/do _____________. I’m convinced that this “supposed to”...

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Lonely: A Professional Plus?

Mar 16, 2011 by

Back in high school, guidance counselors and teachers hammered into us Baby Boomers how difficult it was for the 76 million of us to get into college.  Early on we learned to game the system by presenting ourselves on our college applications as the well-rounded, social young people we were expected to be. Most of us learned that too well.  Right up to today, so many of us struggle to conceal that we were and are, well, one-dimensional loners.  Of course, pop culture, ranging from Bette Midler to the Beatles, reinforces that stigma about being one of those many lonely people. And it doesn’t matter a bit, does it, how successful we Apart People might be, compared to those who never bowled alone. Then an unusual book comes along.  It’s Lonely: Learning to Live...

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What Do Cats Dream Of?

Mar 15, 2011 by

This elderly little cat has lived with me since I was 25, before I was married.  To everyone’s surprise, she has outlived my husband and now she is a thin, gray creature with a touch of kitty dementia.  This is the cat who comforted him on the night before his death in the hospital, the one who played “home” with us in that tiny ICU cubicle.  This is the cat who was present when he died. Dave loved her and her image graces our shared headstone. That same image is tattooed on my left foot, a memorial to him, to her and to the life we shared.  I count my blessings that she is still with me, though I know she is in the winter of her life.  She snuggles under my arm now,...

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Super Hot Boots And Other Shoe Stories...

Mar 15, 2011 by

Every one of my shoes has a story. Each pair I own brings out a different side of my character – the sexy stilettos for going out on the town, the funky-but-classy heels I wear to my art openings, the comfortable moosehide moccasins I purchased at a Native American pow wow, and a pair of bright red faux-alligator shoes that I just HAD to buy, even though they were too tight, and I’ve never been able to wear them. (I keep them because they remind me to lighten up and have fun.) But this modest shoe collection was no match for an amazing art exhibition I saw last summer that’s currently traveling throughout the United States. Think about what would happen if you took 100 visual artists from the U.S., Canada and Israel and...

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Two Widows .. Now Equals

Mar 14, 2011 by

I sat by the stack of RSVP’s for the wedding in June that would not take place. I stared at them a good long while before I picked them up and brought them over to the couch and began to alphabetize them. Normally I am not this anal retentive but, I thought it’d be easier to find their phone numbers and email addresses in my address book. Slowly but surely I was done. Each card had a corresponding number or email address so I could begin contacting the folks who were kind enough to have responded early to the Save The Date and wedding invitations in the morning. Surprisingly a good number of them were from friends that lived out of town. I crashed on the couch embraced by the scent of him. I...

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Connie Reece Honored With The Dewey Winburne Community Service Award...

Mar 12, 2011 by

Each spring, SXSW Interactive honors people with the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award. This award helps draw attention to the many wonderful people in Austin who are using technology to improve this city in so many different ways. Indeed, this award celebrates the spirit of community in Austin that is entirely unique to this city and unique to SXSW. Congrats! to GF Author Connie Reece! Learn more about Connie and follow her on Twitter...

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Another Piece of Childhood .. Lost...

Mar 12, 2011 by

I heard tonight that Hasbro will no longer be making the EZ Bake oven. Apparently incandescent light bulbs will no longer be available so the oven won’t work anymore. Remember that pink dream? It was the only present I wanted when I was 10. Those gooey cakes and brownies. In retrospect they were perfectly dreadful but at the time…fabulous! I remember riding bikes without a helmet, knee and elbow pads and a mouth guard. Playing flashlight tag we ran thru our neighbors yards. Going to the mall without a parent. Summer mornings heading out after breakfast and coming home at dinner after a day of adventures. Remember when it was OK to go Trick or Treating and not worrying about razor blades in the apples? We hated the apples just cuz they so didn’t compare...

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How I like to do yoga

Mar 11, 2011 by

Over the years I’ve tried many ways to stay in shape. Lately, I’ve been yoga in the therapy pool at my gym. But I found a much better and faster way to achieve the perfect downward facing dog. I can’t really describe it in words, you’ll just have to watch the...

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Cilantro Salsa in Three Acts

Mar 11, 2011 by

I think I admitted my Foodie status in another blog but can’t remember. (I blame it on LBS – Leaky Brain Syndrome, first cousin to CRS – Can’t Remember Shit). So if I didn’t, I am now. I used to be a caterer, a recipe developer and a food writer and even had a cooking show on a cable channel in Victoria, BC, long before the Food Network was either a chicken or an egg. I was once hired to develop flavors for a product you’ve never seen: Shark Jerky. I think the Asians who hired me were actually deliberately destroying wealth for tax purposes because the whole thing suddenly disappeared despite positive reviews of the three flavors I developed: Lemon and Pepper, White wine and Worcestshire and Barbecue. To be honest, it is...

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Dating By The Time You’re 40+ Part 2...

Mar 10, 2011 by

Let’s be real. Dating at 40+ is different, and the same time, it’s pretty much as it was when we were in our 20’s. The difference now is that we (and he)  just might have a better idea of what we want .. or not. If you missed Part 1 (#1 It’s not all their fault and #2 Get happy with your life and with yourself) check it out and come back. 3.  GET HONEST WITH YOURSELF ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT RIGHT NOW. Stop thinking about what it’s going to be like when you meet his bratty seven-year-old.   Don’t think long-term or long haul—because if you haven’t got to the first drink, you certainly aren’t going to meet the kid.  Take a step back from all those anxiety-causing thoughts of how miserable you might...

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9 Steps On How To Produce A Video...

Mar 9, 2011 by

Have you always dreamed of producing a film or documentary? It’s not as easy as it looks! Here are some tips about the realities of making moving pictures that I’ve learned. 1. Creative brainstorming. This usually happens when you are procrastinating. Like when it’s time to clean the kitchen or break up with the guy you have been dating for 7 months. 2. Planning. The key part of this is to be realistic about what resources you actually have at hand as opposed to what, say, they have at Pixar Studios. Pixar Studios has access to a 3-D scanner. I don’t have a copy of After Effects at home, just PhotoShop Extended. 3. Then the stress of working out all the crap. Seeking the basics of what you need and getting teams together. Who...

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