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2/5/08 10:32 P

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I find word limits very daunting--1000 words is never enough for me. But it does force one to be concise and to avoid running on...
I ordered a calendar online--outlining all the Canadian writing contests through 2008. This should save me some time...
Thanks for the good thoughts...we'll see what happens come May.

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2/5/08 2:32 P

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Hi Corrina, how nice and generous of you to share this news with us. I have gone through my short stories but I see they are not short enough LOL! I will either have to come up with something new or shorten them, we'll see.
I do hope your story is one of the emoticon so that we will see your name in print. Oh how exciting this would be to have my friend's work published!
Best of luck!


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2/4/08 8:40 P

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Snow's turned to rain now...what a crazy winter this has been.
Gumboot Books (www.gumbootbooks.com) is having a children's story contest, entries due in March. Check it out. Themes are holidays, but unusual ones...like National Lizard Day, and stuff like that. I submitted one for International Day for the elderly. Prize is publication of your story as a picture book.

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2/2/08 3:39 P

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Well maybe some day, you never know emoticon but not right now for sure. DH treated me out to dinner tonight and I am stuffed (don't ask me how many calories!), but I did not have any dessert. It was nice, kind of an early Valentine's as the kids were out so after church we just went to our fav restaurant.
Yes we heard and read all about your snowstorms...stay warm and safe...sending emoticon your way.

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2/1/08 4:01 P

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It would be lovely to sit and share a snack with you, Doreen! emoticon
We are thoroughly snowed in here. School cancelled, party tonight cancelled, and my massage (sniff!) cancelled. Guess I will be breaking out the skiis this weekend.

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1/30/08 3:38 P

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I really liked that Corrina, so down to earth...I think we have all been there, done that and you put it all down in so many meaningful sentences.
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1/29/08 9:25 P

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Here's a little personal essay I wrote, part of a collection I am calling "My Ordinary Life." This may be perceived as a bit controversial for sparkers, but see what you think....


A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions.
Galbraith

I don’t watch a lot of television, but there is an oatmeal commercial running right now that grabs my interest every time I happen to see it. Various women are portrayed, going through the motions of an ordinary day–getting out of bed, going down the street, getting into an elevator, going to exercise class. The song “You Are Always on My Mind” is playing as they drag along a set of scales, chained to their ankles.
What a statement. The symbolism is simple, and striking. I have been dragging those scales along myself, for more years than I care to recall. Furthermore, I am not too much thinner for all that dragging.
All right, I am overweight. Not in the obese range. But overweight. Do I need to do something about it? Of course. But I am starting to wonder...if working on my weight lures me away from what is just ordinary common sense, perhaps I am on the wrong path. Perhaps this continual counting of calories and carbs and fat grams is a phenomenal waste of time. Perhaps this obsessive climb onto the scales every morning, the gritting of the teeth, the sinking sensation of despair, is not what I need to be doing to optimize my health.
I am eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. I chose carefully from the menu when eating out. Deep-fried food never passes my lips. I have a good breakfast. Ice-cream is an occasional treat, and only in small portions. I strength train three times a week and get lots of cardio–more than the suggested quota. This approach to health is simple, and it fits well into ordinary life. My body is a bit travel-weary, and a little worse for wear. What do I expect? I’m forty-six years old. Am I ever wearing a bikini again? Well, no. If I want to pop a few nuts into my mouth, or have a piece of toast before bed, why do I need to stop and fret over going over some unreasonable calorie limit? I don’t want the toast because I’m bored. I don’t want the toast because I am depressed. I don’t want the toast because I am rebelling. I don’t want the toast because I think I deserve some kind of reward. I’m just plain, ordinary hungry. It’s just a piece of toast. The word “failure” is not imprinted in the peanut butter.
Eating well is a part of ordinary life. Eating excessively and for reasons other than the ordinary nutritional needs of the body is another issue.
Guilt over a few nuts or a piece of bread is not reasonable. It’s unhealthy. If I just want to eat an apple, why do I a) need to determine whether it is small, medium or large, b) figure out how many points it has, c) get the sliding scale out to determine whether the fibre content with reduce the calories in it, d) write down that I ate the apple, e) get heart palpitations because the said apple has sent me over my calorie range, f) get on the treadmill until I have burned the apple calories off, g) get so p***ed off about all the work around one stupid apple that I get the hunk of cheese out of the refrigerator and consume massive chunks of it while standing at the kitchen counter, swearing between bites?
Going to the grocery store does not need to be an excursion into food label hell. I’m weary of it. I know what’s good for me. Choosing grapes and fresh vegetables and brie and fruit-bottom yogurt should be pleasurable–we should be stricken with gratitude at this abundance, which is so ordinary and common-place to us, and so out of reach for so much of the world’s population.

Now, I am not going to order a pizza and eat it all by myself. I am not going to grab a spoon and sit down with a whole carton of Rocky Road. But I AM going to have some fruit and crackers.

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1/25/08 7:08 P

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9 C sounds balmy to me! It's - 25 C here with the wind chill! I spend the evenings hunkered down in front of the fireplace.
March is when I start to feel my spirits lift, too. Even though winter often continues into April, the end is in sight...and the snowdrops poke their heads out, it stays light a bit longer. And March Break sure helps, too!

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1/25/08 2:44 P

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You are right in thinking Malta has a warmer climate and many people refer to it as 'Sunny Malta'. BUT it seems we too have been hit by colder temps these past few years and it just does not seem to be getting any better. Besides, the humidity does not help (maybe I said this before LOL)!
This evening the temps are going down to 9 C!!!
I find January is the worst month, too long and boring (and I don't like taking down our Christmas decorations), Feb is shorter though this year it's
a little longer with an extra day. March usually promises many better things and that is when I really come out of hibernation, hopefully!
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1/24/08 6:21 P

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It's cold here too, but I am surprised about Malta's weather. I guess I envisioned it as a warmer clime....
Good news is that shovelling snow out of the driveway burns mega calories! And it's more interesting than the treadmill.
This stretch from after Christmas to March is just so tiresome and depressing!!!

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1/24/08 5:47 P

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Gosh I hope you can resist the 'bad' foods! As for myself I had some chocolates today, also maybe too many toast slices for breakfast, it was brrr too cold and had to warm my insides LOL!

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1/24/08 4:49 P

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I'm home from school and ready to tear into the refrigerator. This is my hungriest time of the day, right after school....guess I had better drink a glass of tomato juice and suck it up. I wish I had a mommy who would call, "Supper's ready!" right now! I am far too tired to cook.
Pity party's over...time to buckle down.

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1/23/08 1:36 P

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emoticon Corrina I'm glad I got you going, even if it was for the cheese hehehe! Great verses! Thanks for sharing your hopes and dreams, to live each moment is very inspiring indeed, I think we all need to savour that...it would make us and the world a whole better place to be. I hope your special moment by the mailbox will come, and soon emoticon

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1/23/08 12:46 P

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Hopes and dreams, oh yes. Something that does not involve cheese, then?
Well, as I am getting older, I am learning more about staying in the moment...and that ordinary life is the greatest blessing we are given on this brief spin on the earth.
So, my hope is that I can live in each moment, and milk each one for all it's worth.
If an acceptance from a publisher comes along this year, I will really savour that moment by the mailbox, LOL!

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1/23/08 12:42 P

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Poems about cheese
Make me weak in the knees
Oh, temptress provolone....
Can't you leave me alone?
And roquefort, your blue lines
Make my salad sublime...
And you--Balderson cheddar
The more fat, the better!

Doreen, I just couldn't resist--your lines about cheese were so inspired. Thank you so much for the laugh!

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1/23/08 5:53 A

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And why are we writing on New Year Hopes and Dreams?
Have you entered your hopes and dreams for this year then? emoticon Please do!

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1/23/08 5:48 A

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Cheese, cheese
Any more please?
Is that Edam or Cheddar?
The less fat the better!
Gouda or Swiss?
I might give it a miss,
On second thoughts, please wait,
Though the taste isn't that great,
I think I'll go for the low-fat
Since I need to see where my weight is at!
Doreen Scerri © 2008
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1/23/08 5:43 A

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Thanks Martha for that info. I need to start thinking again in terms of the right amounts.

Cheese, cheese and more cheese hmmm, a little goes a long way and cheese don't quite seem to fit LOL! But I will try and remember that next time I am tempted to have yet another piece : )

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1/22/08 6:59 P

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you girls are so funny..i am a cheese junkie too! if there is nothing else in my frig there is always always cheese. i have only 5 kinds right now...better make a list.

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1/22/08 6:35 P

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Doreen, let's not give up worshipping cheese. Would life even be worth living without it? Moderation and cheese can be used in the same sentence! A little goes a long way....

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1/22/08 6:33 P

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Martha, that is useful information--I ordered the smallest piece of prime rib on the menu when we went out to dinner last weekend, and it was 8 oz. I assume that was when it was raw, because it didn't look that big by the time it got to me. So it was likely around 5 oz. cooked.
Portion control is an important thing to keep in mind as we make these lifestyle changes. Some of the common foods we eat are served to us in four-portion sizes! Eek!


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1/22/08 6:07 P

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hi corrina and rioeen
wanted to share this incase anyone beside myself could use it. alot of the time the nutrition tracker just says serving....so after some digging i found this.
Meat: 3 ounces, cooked is 5 oz raw
• Vegetables: 1 cup, raw
• Vegetables: ½ cup cooked
• Pasta, Noodles, Rice, Oatmeal: ½ cup cooked

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1/22/08 3:07 P

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emoticon Corrina it seems you are back on track especially with your training WOW! And speaking of cheese that is my downfall too though I have been buying the low fat ones. This morning I had to buy some savoury cheese and peacakes, I went with my Mum to the Diabetic clinic and coming home it was biting cold and we just passed by the store and the aroma just hit us...we by passed it and then back tracked LOL!
How lovely to hear about your daughter and your son being such great friends, it is such a blessing.
Sweet dreams to you too my dear at the moment it is just past 9 here. You must be around 3pm right now so I should say have a pleasant evening.

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1/21/08 9:53 P

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Well, I did my strength training and the treadmill and now I'm eating celery while my husband eats chunks of cheese....oh, cheese, my divinely delicious downfall...but not tonight. NOT TONIGHT!
Hope everyone has enjoyed a good day. I put in a long one at work and now my oldest is home just for the night. She and my son are such good friends; they've been hanging out playing Guitar Hero and lego all night.
Sweet dreams, wherever you are. :)

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1/21/08 7:01 A

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Hi Corrina, yes I sure hope we can keep this up emoticon
I really enjoyed your recount of your little piece about you and your bus driver. GOSH for him to have seen it 40 years later!!! WOW! That was special for you to get to know about that too! Keep us posted about the outcome, maybe you will get to meet after all these years.
Thanks for your good wishes for my daughter, she has just come back from an interview this morning and felt confident she did well, hopefully she did well enough to be given a 2nd interview. She told me she was hoping for that as it would really keep her spirits up even if she does not get the job!
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1/20/08 9:42 P

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Martha, blending poetry with the visuals in your scrapbooks sounds lovely. I wish I had the time for pursuits like that! Enjoy.

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1/20/08 9:37 P

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PS to Doreen: Good luck to your daughter in getting a job!

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1/20/08 9:36 P

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Oh it's so nice to be talking with you again; let's keep this up. Thanks for the encouraging words, Doreen...I'm 46 and I am wondering how much longer I am going to have to wait to see a book in print. I wonder if I should just take the hint and start on a new dream. This one has been flickering away since I was a little girl...
I had a little piece published in a regional paper about the bus driver that used to take me to school when I was 5 or 6 years old. I had some very nice memories of him. It got back to me that this man had SEEN the piece, FORTY YEARS later. He was reading along and said, "OMG, this is about me!" We had a mutual acquaintance and I heard about it. So I just finished writing him a letter, explaining who I was (because my name has changed and he can't place me) and what had become of me. (Good lord, what HAS become of me??) If I never publish a book, at least I know that some of my words, somewhere, have had some impact on someone. It's important to tell the people who have had an impact on your life how much you value them...
So that was the writing story I was saving for another post.

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1/20/08 9:45 A

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Oh hi emoticon Corrina and Martha how lovely to have you both back on here.

Corrina I can only imagine how busy you must have been. For us here it was quite hectic as well with Christmas holidays and DS's birthday and his girlfriend joining our family and we getting to know hers too.
I know one day you are going to be pleasantly surprised with a publisher offering to publish your story, I'll be the first to buy it! Whether it is next month or within the next few years, the day will come emoticon
It was great to know your son is on an insulin pump, I am sure this is so much better than having daily shots and I do hope he will settle in this new lifestyle easily. So how are the girls doing?
Our daughter had her graduation ceremony last month emoticon and she is currently looking for a job hopefully in Web design.

How lovely Martha that you are into scrapbooking, I got supplies with me from Canada to start that but I have not had the time, I will let you know when I do and writing reflections is also what I intend to do...maybe we could share inspirations emoticon

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1/20/08 9:04 A

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hi! you girls are busy!
i dont feel so bad having been away myself, now.
i have been waiting and waiting for inspiration to write more poetry. then realized that i started scrapbooking and decided to add my own reflections to the photo's. it's a great jumping off point.
good luck with your books...

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1/19/08 9:20 A

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Doreen, you are such a blessing. It's so good to see your posts here, even when no one seems to be answering them. It's my fault for not keeping up with things with this team. My life is so crazy right now. Christmas was insane with all the girls home from school and the big dinner to cook and a bunch of birthdays over the holidays. Then my son went to an insulin pump which is great, but an enormous amount of education to go with it, and careful recording of numbers, etc. I shouldn't be using all of these excuses. I must post here more often, and that's that.
Of course, the writing has gone cold on the back burner, which went out months ago.
But I am still waiting to hear about my Alma College novel--two publishers have it.
I have a cool writing story to share, but I will save that for another post.
Let's get this site going again!

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1/8/08 6:53 A

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

What are your hopes and dreams for this year...my first wish to to work on getting my book of poems to a publisher/s...I'd love to see it in print and on our bookstore shelves.
My other writing wish is to finish my novel.
My third is to be able to keep writing for relaxation and fun and be able to bring a smile to whoever reads my poems/stories.
Blessings to you and yours,
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