Monthly Archives: January 2014

Is F-Word Usage Flunking Culture?

When did saying the f-word become so common? Why are movies and plays so loaded with vulgar language the plot and characters become secondary? I’m hardly swear-free, and even had a swearing jar myself when in 8th grade, created by … Continue reading

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Lamenting Loehmanns & Other Retail Woes

I dragged a friend out on a recent freezing day to check out the end of Loehmanns.  Prepared to see only hangers and shelves left, we were surprised to find quite a bit of merchandise and we each managed to … Continue reading

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My Oscar Best Pix: Saving Mr. Banks

If I was asked to select the best picture for the Oscars, which of course I’m not, Saving Mr. Banks  would top my list. I’ve seen most of the nominated movies, and while they are great films, nothing compares to how … Continue reading

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Caring for Patients: Women and Poverty

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I’m sharing my friend Dr. Judy Washington’s excellent post. Caring for Patients: Women and Poverty.

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Talking to Strangers: Fur Coats, Downton Abbey, & Cremation Lockets

Traveling alone last week gave me the chance to talk to strangers that I normally wouldn’t do if  accompanied by family. Returning from New York City on the suburban commuter train, I chatted with a young woman who was carrying … Continue reading

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Finished Projects: Vests for All

I  love knitting vests. I work in the round until the armhole, then divide and finish each side, and only have the neckband and armbands to do– no boring sleeves to knit. Here’s a crop of recently finished projects. For … Continue reading

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Thermopolis, Wyoming: Hot Springs

“This will be our last trip,” my father told me, shortly after I retrieved my bag from the tiny airport in Worland, Wyoming. This year marks their 20th visit to Thermopolis, the largest town and the county seat of Hot Springs … Continue reading

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Museum Musings: Dutch Masters & Dinosaur Dung

In between snow shoveling and cross- country skiing, we managed to get to two museums. Each couldn’t have been more different. Friday, we had booked tickets in advance to the Frick Museum’s  blockbuster exhibit, “Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of … Continue reading

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