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Patting Myself On The Back Part 2
I learned to drive over 54 years ago. I was living in NYC and a friend took me out and had me drive on Canal Street during rush hour. Think of the worst case, scenario....that was it. He figured if I could drive in heavy traffic there I could... Read more
Patting Myself On The Back Part 1
Doing something new can be challenging and difficult physically and emotionally. I recall decades ago when I took my first trip to Europe alone. I said to myself, "You can either go by yourself and see the world, or you can wake up one day at ... Read more
It's All In The Way You Look At It
I recently read a book in which one of the main characters, a 19th century lady, had been physically, emotionally and sexually abused by her husband. After his death she rejected on what she could have done to extricate herself from that situat... Read more
It's been five and a half decades since I taught Italian. The last time I went to the library I took out a mystery by Luigi Guicciardi, the first in the Commiissario Cataldo series. My library only had the Italian version, so I figured I'd giv... Read more
I Love All Things Italian
I'm totally enamored with all things Italian: the literature, the food, the music, the art, the beauty of the country and the people. Over the decades, all of my experiences with Italians have been very positive. I have found them to be good ... Read more
The Sins of Our Parents
I had lunch with a friend that I've known for about a year. At some point we discussed how difficult it was to go through some things. I told her I just can't get it together to go through the archival materials from WWII. Once, a few years ... Read more
Getting Rid of Unwanted Calls
I don't know how it is for the rest of you but I'm bombarded several times a day with unwanted calls from business, charities and political interests. I'm usually interrupted at the most inconvenient times...cooking, washing the dishes, taking ... Read more
Some People March To A Different Drummer
Not everyone is cut from the same mold. How often do we see family members who are so different from all the rest? "Her parents are so great. How did she turn out like that?" "Everyone in the family has tin ears and he's such a great musicia... Read more
Today there was a true tragedy in Miami (police vs black citizen) and it both shocked me and broke my heart. A behavior therapist at a group home was laying in the street with his hands up in the air when the police arrived on the scene. The ... Read more
Have You Ever Felt Completely Content?
My life was a whirlwind up to four years ago. I took an early retirement and it was a good thing, because shortly thereafter my husband became ill and I cared for him alone at home for 4 years. It was really tough.
After my husband died I... Read more
Walking On A Tightrope
I have a dear friend who is in poor health and very poor. Her family is helping her financially, and thank God for that. She is American, but married a foreign national and lived abroad for many years. She never earned enough credits int the ... Read more
How To Find Peace In This World We Live In
I've wanted to post something about the daily tragedies that have befallen our world in recent years. There has always been war, fatal diseases, famine, and natural disasters, Sad as these are, the rash of killings, no matter who the perpetrat... Read more
For years and years, painful as it might be, I almost never put things off. I didn't dare. Time was so precious as I was studying, working, raising a family and maintaining a household. Can you just imagine how things would become untenable i... Read more
Watching My Plants Grow
OK, I know this must sound silly, but I'm so delighted with the growth of my tomato plant. For decades I had a very large garden (20x40) but when my husband became ill I couldn't work it any more. This year I decided I'd get some basil and fla... Read more
Sharing The Wealth
I live in a great community. In a past blog a long while back I spoke of the Timebank...an organization where you give and get paid for your services with time, not dollars. Well, I'd like to tell you about another very good group, Freecycle.
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