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MARRIAGE AND CHANGE

  Yesterday Bill and I celebrated the 39th anniversary of our marriage. “Celebrated” may not be the appropriate word because we didn’t do anything special. We have been lucky enough to share so many special trips and meals that it … Continue reading

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PENELOPE LIVELY AND BIG SMALL DECISIONS

Penelope Lively The idea that our entire lives can be shaped by early, small decisions is the lifelong subject of British author Penelope Lively’s novels. When you think of it, it makes sense. If forty years ago a long-lost boyfriend … Continue reading

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IS IT GOOD TO BE NICE?

It’s nice to be nice–at least that’s what I was raised to believe. I think it’s a good approach to life but sometimes the reflex to be nice is inappropriate.  I am in agony every time I return an item … Continue reading

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FIVE CURES FOR TRUMP FATIGUE

  I’m tired of Trump. Despite the urge to follow the news entirely too closely, I am taking a timeout to focus on what makes me happy. You may find some of it useful, too. Pay Attention This seems obvious … Continue reading

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIGLY

Last week I heard the President of the United States vow to “get rid of the really bad dudes in this country.” While it’s true that Donald Trump has a small vocabulary weighted towards extreme adjectives (“big league—or bigly,” “disaster,” “dangerous,” … Continue reading

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COUSINS LOST AND FOUND

“Cousins are a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” —Marion C. Garretty I learned last week that one of my aunts on my father’s side of the family died. The information came from my cousin Jerry, via … Continue reading

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THE BOSTON WOMEN’S MARCH

This past Saturday, January 21, more than 1 million people across the United States and the rest of the world marched in protest of policies President Trump is vowing to put in place. It has been 30 years since I’ve … Continue reading

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STRONG WORDS

My mother used strong words. Some of her tendency to overstate was inherited from her mother, my grandma, who used thrilling expressions like “Bloody murder in the third degree!” As she aged, Mom’s ways of expressing exasperation became increasingly dramatic. Among … Continue reading

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MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS AND DISHES

I am a great fan of Mindfulness though, unfortunately, not a particularly successful practitioner. Nevertheless, I keep trying. While surfing the news for something that wasn’t about politics, technology or economics I recently discovered a New York Times series called “Meditation … Continue reading

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Testing, testing and more testing

I’m trying to see if my new system works.

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