Photo Opportunities

Oct 31, 2011 by

Remember back to the days when we took photographs with a single-function device? Perhaps you still have one from before we all went digital and you still produce actual photographs to hold and look at. Over the years I accumulated hundreds of photos and fully intended to put them into albums. I had been a diligent mother of a young child, documenting my daughter’s baby and toddler years, affixing the school and birthday party photos  into dated albums up through the Third Grade. But the rest of them:  me, my friends, the holiday celebrations and vacation, were still in their yellow Kodak envelopes, with the negatives neatly tucked in front and stashed into a large bin to await the eventual transfer to the appropriate album.  Most of the envelopes were labeled although there were...

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Dancing With The Stars ~ Broadway Week...

Oct 29, 2011 by

OK girlfriends, even if you aren’t watching Dancing With The Stars and have no interest in these posts…what a week you have missed! Seriously you would have to be living under a rock to have missed all the brouhaha this week’s episode created. Today, GMA, CNN, HLN etc have all been covering the antics of these hard bodies and their “star” partners. Love Broadway tunes. Used to sing the music of Phantom to make my niece fall asleep; so was psyched for this week. By the end of two hours…dancing was incidental. First off let me just say my favorite JR Martinez did an amazing job to the theme from Chicago. Rob and David both did well. The annoying Ricki Lake was great. And then the drama started! Nancy Grace looked like some kind...

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Halloween Foodie Treats!

Oct 28, 2011 by

They’re creepy and their kooky .. mysterious and spooky ..  nope not the Addams Family. You’ll find  no tricks here. From our food blogging friends ten treat recipes for your Halloween party. 1. Harry Potter Halloween Recipes found by Gf Yvonne DiVita! 2. Skeleton Cupcakes from Cookies & Cups are perfect whimsy for your party. 3. For our vegan friends no bake treats from Oh She Glows. 4. Chronically Vintage (written by 27 year old Jessica) offers a blast from the past treats from the 1950’s. 5. Love these cute treat yellow pepper Jack-o-lanterns from Spabettie. 6. Perhaps not scary but very fun is the way Chattering Kitchen uses teeny pumpkins to serve pumpkin soup but of course! 7. What’s Halloween without a perfect caramel apple? Gelato Sundae has a yummy recipe for candy corn bark too! 8. What’s a...

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Wedding = Universal Symbol of Hope...

Oct 26, 2011 by

Shakespeare’s comedies frequently end in weddings, the universal symbol of hope, even in the face of mankind’s dark side. We single girlfriends honor that emotion when those we care about take that step.  Even though divorce happens after about one half of marriages there’s the possibility the couple, two sexes or one sex, can do whatever it takes to make a joining of separate human beings function better than one human navigating life solo. So, when Cate Edwards married her college sweetheart Trevor Upham, M.D. many of us were rooting hard for both of them. Edwards, like members of the Kennedy dynasty, has experienced more than the average amount of suffering at a young age. Her brother was killed in a car accident.  The marriage of her parents, so seemingly idyllic, foundered on the...

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An Entrepreneurial Adventure

Oct 24, 2011 by

I recently read that though unemployment is up, so is self-employment.  I find this to be heartening news.  It brings to mind an image of a modern pioneer picking out a path and taking it, willing to take a chance and explore the unknown.  I love the idea that thousands of Americans have taken on the challenge of building their own little portion of the economy. Personally, I’m on my second try this year.  As you may recall, I quit my corporate job last March (what kind of crazy person quits a good job during a recession??) to start a business designed to link local farms to local consumers.  And guess what?  It didn’t work.  I admit that freely and without shame.  Simply put, when you don’t know what you’re doing, the only way...

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Veggie Heaven

Oct 21, 2011 by

Growing up at our house (Whitebread Ohio in the 50s) was all about meat and potatoes. Spaghetti was exotic and only came with tons of tomato sauce and meatballs. “Pasta” was a foreign concept. I was married for several years before a friend convinced me that I could make spaghetti at home (with the help of a brand new—to me—product called Ragu!). Today, however, I’m a devoted pasta fan.  I put everything on pasta short of cinnamon and sugar. Lately I’ve been experimenting with “fancy” pastas: lemon-pepper pappardelle, mushroom linguini, basil-garlic fettucini. Spaghetti squash, however, escaped me. I’d tried it and found it bland. Last week at the farmer’s market the display of lemony yellow spaghetti squash was irresistible…as were the eggplant, tomato, garlic, zucchini, mushroom, summer squash, baby gold potato, and onion displays...

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Dancing With The Stars ~ Eighties Week...

Oct 20, 2011 by

Well girlfriends, as women of a certain age we all remember the 80’s. While we were all probably fabulous it is important to remember it was NOT a good time for fashion. What were we thinking??? This week on Dancing with the Stars, it was a sequined polyester, big shouldered celebration of all things 80’s. Funny how I could remember the words to just about all the songs! It’s the halfway point in the competition and the performers are either “getting it” or just there cuz they have a big fan base voting for them. My favorite JR Martinez won the week doing an amazing samba. The man can move! Got great marks and rave reviews. Rob Kardashian is actually getting pretty good. Did a sexy rumba that surprised the judges and earned him...

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The Anti-Techie

Oct 19, 2011 by

For my first post, I’m delving into one of my favorite topics, technology.  I’ve been involved with high-tech really since college. I am dating myself when I say that because when I worked on computers in college, I had to go to the computer center and my research was printed on these ridiculous computer cards that I had to carry with me. Ugh. Yuck. Definitely not sexy. The past few weeks I have felt like I have been kicked in the gut as my business compass, Steve Jobs, died. 56, man. What’s really eery is that my dad died when he was 56. So, I really feel for his son, Reed, who is 20, the same age I was when my dad died. Well, I digress. Honestly, I don’t think he has been well...

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Elevating the Lowly Lentil

Oct 14, 2011 by

Many years ago, during what might be called my ‘Hippy Phase,’ I took a lentil salad to a potluck. A young, intense man approached me, declaring it the best lentil salad he had ever had. That started a brief but pleasant affair. He was a vegetarian who ended the relationship by declaring that meat-eaters smell different than vegetarians. This might be true, and his sensitivity might have been heightened by his daily pot habit.  We parted as friends and I gave him the recipe to share with the vegetarian woman who next caught his fancy. Many years after that, I wrote cover copy for an advertising agency that handled several growers’ associations and learned more about lentils than I had ever imagined. High in fiber and protein, low in fat, quick cooking, they adopt...

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The Skinny on Wearing High Heels...

Oct 12, 2011 by

Or .. how to wear high heels comfortably and without getting hurt. From the department store shoe department, to Payless and beyond, there’s one trend that is not going away any time soon:  high heeled shoes.  For a lot of us, this presents a fantastic footwear challenge.  Even if you don’t wear them all the time, and even if you do, before purchasing, be prepared to get the best fit and feel.  Once you get them home, make sure you can wear them for more than just that short trip or special occasion by practicing and stretching. First thing to consider is the best time of day to buy shoes.  Later in the day, after you’ve walked for a bit, is the best time. This is when your feet are a bit swollen.  If...

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Dancing With The Stars ~ Movie Theme Night...

Oct 11, 2011 by

OK, I’m sure after my way too long intro to Dancing With The Stars you all couldn’t wait to tune in this week. If you missed it, most of the night can be summed up in one word…CHER!!!! The dancers all had to choose a “great” movie theme. Some of them weren’t even songs! Ricki Lake did a killer (pun intended) tango to the theme from PSYCHO. Did you even know there was a theme? I only knew those staccato noises that you think of when she’s getting stabbed in  the shower. So Ricki. Well as much as I don’t like her she was great. She’s safe. David Arquette did a great Paso to the theme from Indiana Jones-complete with whip. He’s safe.This guy seems pretty goofy but he can dance!  And of course...

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Angel Kitty

Oct 10, 2011 by

It seems as though sometimes we sustain losses in chains.  Spot died in May, then Snowball got sick and just as he got better, Kitty got sick. I’ve never seen my feisty little cat so weak.  She would stand over the water bowl, staring at the water and muster all her strength to make a soft, desperate sound.  It was the same sound she made when I greeted her on Sunday.  I had been out of town for a few days and was shocked at how quickly she had gotten so sick. Last week she was stealing Snowball’s food and insistently displacing my computer in my lap.  We had an “argument” last Thursday about who was going to sleep in the middle of the bed (an argument she won).  Kitty had stopped eating on...

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