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Confronting Reality
Tuesday, June 21, 2016      7 comments

The other day I had a call from a friend. He is the 80 year old widower of a dear friend. Before she died they moved to be near their daughter and her family. Since the death of my friend this man has has been living in misery and is very lon... Read more
We Write Our Own Autobiographies
Thursday, June 16, 2016      4 comments

Did you ever stop to think that we write our own biographies? Different, sometimes horrible things happen to us in life but how we react to them forges our future. Sometimes wonderful opportunities present themselves and whether we go for them... Read more
We Cannot Change The Past
Wednesday, June 15, 2016      3 comments

I just finished the last book in Elizabeth George's Lynley series, A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES. There were a few things at the end that were very profound. One of the characters realizes that we often wish to change somebody so they will be what w... Read more
Ah....
Saturday, June 04, 2016      5 comments

When we moved to this house over 40 years ago we planted some trees. The ones in the front of the house have been good size for several years now and provide lots of shade in the summer, and I always had to top for shade shrubs and flowers. In... Read more
Oh, Boy!
Wednesday, June 01, 2016      2 comments

So today I started to listen to talk shows on Italian radio. My gosh! They spoke so rapidly. The ones who spoke at a "normal" rate were from Sicily, of all places, and northern Italy. In the Italian section of Switzerland they also speak at ... Read more
The Five Most Common Regrets
Sunday, May 29, 2016      4 comments

There was an article in the yahoo features that spoke of the five most common regrets people had at the end of life. I must say I did pretty well with all of them and perhaps that is why I feel content, and comfortable in my own skin. One, how... Read more
If I Were Young
Sunday, May 22, 2016      4 comments

The world has change so much over the past 50 years. The seven deadly sins were always there and evil existed in every age. But in the 20th and 21st centuries things have moved at a rapid pace. Worldwide neglect has left us citizens of the wo... Read more
I Figured It Out
Saturday, May 21, 2016      2 comments

If you want to put in your two cents about the new format, here's what you do. Go to Community at the top of the page. Click on Message Boards. Go to GET HELP HERE. (It's the 2nd category down.) Click on Site/Technical Help ... Read more
I Like The Old
Friday, May 20, 2016      9 comments

I'm not at all happy with this new format of the spark page. How do you give someone a goodie? How do you comment on someone's spark page? How do you change the color of your spark page. UGH! What do you all think?... Read more
Relativity
Monday, May 16, 2016      6 comments

I've been reading a lot over the last 15 months and many of the books I have read have given me pause. Sometimes I think about human nature; other times politics, and still other times about the human spirit and the spectrum of the the human co... Read more
Found Another Winner
Sunday, April 24, 2016      4 comments

I found another winner recipe, Tuscan Kale soup. Really good. Though I eat soup year round, this would be especially good in winter. 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, diced 1 pinch red pepper flakes 1... Read more
It Never Ceases To Amaze Me
Tuesday, April 19, 2016      3 comments

I studied classical music from my pre-teens to my early twenties. I sang in four languages, worked on my breathing and technique and enjoyed it so much. To tell the truth, I had horrible stage fright but I persevered, sang live on radio, gave ... Read more
Postage Rates Changing
Saturday, April 09, 2016      4 comments

After tomorrow the postage rate for mailing a letter will go from 49 cents to 47 cents. That's right, the rate is going down. I just learned that this morning under the Yahoo news features. As for foreign rates and letters that get a surchar... Read more
Time To Pull Back
Thursday, April 07, 2016      2 comments

I was really looking for a place to stay for about 4 weeks along the Amalfi coast of Italy. Then it dawned on me: Sometimes the photos look great but when you get there you find the place is seedy. This has happened to me before. It's not to... Read more
Unbelievable!
Monday, April 04, 2016      4 comments

In 2010, several months before Vic died, we took a road trip in Italy and at some point went to the Amalfi coast. It was early November. The weather was rainy, bleak and cold, but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm or pleasure. Most of the hot... Read more

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