Monthly Archives: January 2012

And the Sunshine Award Goes To:

Award season is  upon us and bloggers want to be liked as much as anyone else. Including me. So thank you Gabi  Coatsworth http://gabicoatsworth.wordpress.com for including me in your “Sunshine Award” list. The guidelines for receiving this award: 1) Thank … Continue reading

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State of the Union: 2012 & 1979

Sitting on my couch, my knitting in my lap, the television on, I waited for door of the House of Representatives to open and for the Sargeant of Arms to announce: “Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States.” As … Continue reading

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Basking in Batter Bliss

My baking barrage began before Thanksgiving and hasn’t really stopped. Banana cake batter with chocolate chips-  a favorite of my daughter so I made it a few times the month she was home from college on winter break.  Decadent chocolate … Continue reading

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Kids & Activities: Balancing Ballet

Plié, jeté, arabesque. These terms dance in my head years after my ballet lessons ended. When I see a ballet, I remember doing these steps and marvel at how the bodies on stage move with such fluidity, poise, and grace.  … Continue reading

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Double British Delight: Iron Lady & Downton Abbey

A freezing cold day; a perfect time for a movie matinee.   Iron Lady, stars Meryl Streep as Britain’s Margaret Thatcher and captures Thatcher’s upbringing as a grocer’s daughter, how she earned a place at Oxford, and entered politics in 1959, … Continue reading

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Dimes Don’t Make me Donate!

In my kitchen, next to my telephone, sit a stack of pads of paper, all sent as gifts from various charities soliciting money.  In my desk-filing drawer, tucked behind the stamps, stand sheets and sheets of address labels, given free. … Continue reading

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Picking Toys: Gender Specific vs. Gender Neutral; Just Play!

Every Tuesday, at 3 pm, I collect my two –year- old grandson  from nursery school and we play until his dinnertime, about two hours later. One of our favorite outdoor activities is walking around the neighborhood looking for trucks. We … Continue reading

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Thank You Note Thanks

Returning from New Year’s weekend, having not collected the mail for two days,  I hit the jackpot. Not with gifts, coupons, sale catalogs, or even holiday cards.  Four personal thank you notes greeted me.  My mother always insisted we write … Continue reading

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Woman Threatens Mother & Crying Baby on Amtrak

My son, daughter-in-law, and seven month old grandson Uri got on the Amtrak train at 8 pm last night, for the 18 hour ride to New York City.  They’d spent a week with her family and had opted to take … Continue reading

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