Monthly Archives: November 2012

Bye, Bye Pink Cupcake, Hello…

My voice quivered a bit as I placed the order. An 8- inch round, white layer cake, fudge frosting, and lots of purple flowers. Rhonda, one of the Pink Cupcake proprietors, understood.  They’ve been baking and delivering birthday cakes to students … Continue reading

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Taste of Tangerine Tango- Part Two

It’s CyberMonday; the day we’re supposed to shop on-line. Since that’s the ONLY way to get copies of Tangerine Tango Women Writers Share Slices of Life , here’s your chance to be part of the national marketing craze, support a good … Continue reading

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Passing the Gravy Gavel: Old & New Thanksgiving Traditions

“I made my cranberry sauce,” my mother said in a recent telephone conversation. “I’m glad I’m not making Thanksgiving.”  Someone rushing out of the bank had pushed her down, aggravating her arthritis.  This is the first time in decades that … Continue reading

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Tiny Tastes of Tangerine Tango

For the next five weeks, I’ll be posting excerpts from Tangerine Tango. Samples from the 12 writers’  contributions hopefully will tantalize you into wanting more— and buying the book. It fits into a pocket or purse and is a perfect … Continue reading

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New Learning: Conquering My Fears

There’s nothing like watching the grandkids as they develop and learn new skills. My granddaughter took her first steps the other day; she was so delighted with herself. The eldest grandson, nearly 3, is learning to play chess, guitar, and … Continue reading

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Worth Seeing: Skyfall & The Other Son

Skyfall.   You don’t find out what it refers to until about ¾ the way through the movie. I won’t be a spoiler, but it’s a place best left forgotten. I’m not that much of a James Bond movie fan. I … Continue reading

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Elie Wiesel: Never Forget, Fight Indifference

Like most children, Elie Wiesel grew up loving stories, especially horror stories that he found funny. He never imagined his writing wouldn’t include those kinds of tales, that instead, his writing would portray real horror. Expressing his gratitude for receiving … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy & Election 2012: We’re in this together.”

Melissa, my Monday yoga instructor, likes to start by surveying the class: she asks us to share our names and mention any injuries or requests.   This week, the second day the YMCA was open since Hurricane Sandy, she added: “tell … Continue reading

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New Jersey’s Young Mayors: James Kern III & Alex Torpey

James Kern III and Alex Torpey have things in common few under 25-year-olds do. As mayors of New Jersey towns, they’re embroiled in the everyday details of local government: trash collection, leaf and snow removal, planning and zoning, public health … Continue reading

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Gratitude: The “Look” Challenge, Hurricane Sandy

It’s National Novel Writing Month, a 30-day, 50,000- word, novel writing challenge. I’m not participating but Tangerine Tango  contributor Dawn Landau is.  Not only is she writing with abandon dawn to dusk, she tagged me in the blog game called … Continue reading

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