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Putting All Your Eggs In One Basket

Thursday, February 04, 2016      3 comments

How many times have we heard the old adage, DON'T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET? I just finished reading A TRAITOR TO MEMORY, by Elizabeth George. It involves a violinist whose world centered around music from the time he was a small child. ... Read more

What We Want

Sunday, January 31, 2016      4 comments

It's amazing the insights we can get from good authors. I've been reading Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series and have found something in more than one book that made me pause. In her book, "FOR THE SAKE OF ELENA", Lynley comes to a r... Read more

How Do You React When Someone Says Something Hurtful?

Monday, January 25, 2016      8 comments

Sometimes, when someone says something hurtful my knee jerk reaction is to be silent or pretend to ignore it, It's never that I'm at a loss for words; it's that I'm stunned or know full well that what I would say could hurt or embarrass others ... Read more

On Photographs

Sunday, January 24, 2016      5 comments

Over the years my husband and I probably took thousands of photos of the family, and I of travels and beautiful scenery. But you want to know something, we, our family and friends hardly every looked at them. Moreover, except for a few, nobody... Read more

Where Did The Years Go?

Thursday, January 21, 2016      4 comments

I got an email from an old high school classmate. She developed a website so we could all keep in touch. One page of the website has contact information. As I ran down the list I was both deeply saddened and shocked to lean of those who are d... Read more

And Then There Was Cold (Update)

Sunday, January 17, 2016      7 comments

Well, ladies, it's -8 and the wind/chill is -28. I won't be going out today and that takes care of not attending the concert. End of story.... Read more

I Want To Say,"No."

Thursday, January 14, 2016      6 comments

There are some people I would gladly go to the ends of the earth if they needed me. But what do I do when a friend wants me to attend an event for their favorite charity? A dear friend is an active board member of a local opera group tha... Read more

How About A Simple Thank You

Tuesday, December 29, 2015      10 comments

I've noticed that as the years have gone by fewer and fewer people have been sending Thank You notes or even calling to say , "Thank you." I've stopped sending gifts to my niece and nephew, and the last boy who shoveled snow. In the past few w... Read more

On Gift Giving

Saturday, December 26, 2015      6 comments

I'm at the stage in life where I've got most everything I need or want. My wants are minimal but occasionally, it would be nice to have some replacements for things that have long ago outlived their life. I hang onto them because I can manage ... Read more

Merry Christmas To All

Thursday, December 24, 2015      4 comments

From the bottom of my heart I wish all of my Spark friends a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy the wonderful music, the beautiful decorations and the blessings that are there for you. Savor every moment, and for those who are Christians, think of the... Read more

Words From The Past

Tuesday, December 22, 2015      6 comments

Many, many years ago a man told me that almost always men marry for sex and women for security. I was wide-eyed and in disbelief. I truly loved my husband and, in fact, of all the young men I had dated he was the poorest. "What about love, " ... Read more

The Fading of Local Color

Friday, December 18, 2015      2 comments

Years ago I had visions of European countries and couldn't wait to visit. In the 1970s, in my first trips over the pond, I visited Paris, Munich, and Rome to mention a few cities. Each one had its charm and local color. Yes, there was some Am... Read more

Sunrise Sunset

Wednesday, December 16, 2015      4 comments

There's a line in the song Sunrise Sunset, from Fiddler on the Roof. The song is sung by all the main characters at Hodel's wedding. Everyone is reflecting on the past and wondering where time went. (Tevye) Is this the little girl I c... Read more

What Our Experiences And Others Teach Us

Wednesday, December 09, 2015      3 comments

I grew up in NYC, a real melting pot. My high school, Music and Art, was a special public school that required an entrance exam for admission. Children from all 5 boroughs tested and the top ones were admitted. We majored in classical music o... Read more

Opening My Heart

Friday, December 04, 2015      5 comments

Many years ago my grandmother, an immigrant from eastern Europe, told me of her early days here in America. She was 11 years old, the oldest of 11 children. Her dad came to this country alone, worked and sent for her. Then the two of them wor... Read more


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