Ramblings & Writing, Weekend Coffee Share

Weekend Escape #Weekend Coffee Share 1-13-19

Good morning, Everyone. How is your coffee? Mine is a bit bitter coming from a mini drip coffeemaker–a big difference in taste and instant gratification as compared to my Keurig coffee pods.   If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I am on Hilton Head Island Island, SC this morning. My… Continue reading Weekend Escape #Weekend Coffee Share 1-13-19

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Christmas Magic

My daughter and son-in-law live in South Carolina. When they visit with the kids, Lily, age almost five years, and Teddy, a 14-month old busy toddler, a whirlwind of activities must squeeze into a short amount of time. This Christmas was no exception. Parties, cookie baking, and visiting clutter the short time together. This time,… Continue reading Christmas Magic

Ramblings & Writing, Weekend Coffee Share

Christmas Party-ing #Weekend Coffee Share 12-22-18

Good Morning, Everyone. Thanks for stopping by for a quick cup of coffee. It is Christmas time. I have pods of espresso and am not afraid to indulge. I intend to offer espresso as an after-dinner treat with dessert, but now that they wait in the pantry, resisting is impossible.  This coffee share will have… Continue reading Christmas Party-ing #Weekend Coffee Share 12-22-18

Ramblings & Writing, Weekend Coffee Share

Martin Re-cap at #Weekend Coffee Share 12/15/18

Welcome to Weekend Coffee Share. If we were having coffee together, I would quickly tell you that my kids and grandkids will be arriving within a very short week. SO excited. I have been checking off shopping, decorating, cooking, and to-do lists. There is still so much to do. It is going to be a… Continue reading Martin Re-cap at #Weekend Coffee Share 12/15/18

Ramblings & Writing, Yesterday's Stories

Christmas Cookie Traditions

It is December 4th--National Cookie Day! Cookies are a big part of the Christmas tradition. My mom baked the best Christmas cookies with her hand blender and metal cookie press. The pantry shelves held five-pound bags of sugar and a colorful array of sprinkles and candied fruits. A crock was filled with flour. Mom’s specialties… Continue reading Christmas Cookie Traditions

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The Macaroni Tradition

I grew up celebrating Thanksgiving Italian-American style. When I was a child, my parents piled their five kids into the station wagon and traveled over small road bridges, through the Belt Parkway and into Brooklyn where Grandma lived. Wafts of warmth and garlic could be breathed in as we climbed the stairs to her second… Continue reading The Macaroni Tradition

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Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, My Everyone. The day dawn crisp and very cold with light winds--a perfect scenario for Thanksgiving Day. I am up early picking up where I left off last night in prepping the big meal. Love this holiday. It is all about gathering around the table with people I love, enjoying favorite foods, and… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving 2018

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Surrendering Pink

*This essay was published in several places, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Bridges publication and MBCNetwork website. I post it in one version or another on Facebook every October since I was diagnosed in 2012.   Ok, I'll say it; "I hate pink!” This is a harsh statement for me to admit out loud, on paper,… Continue reading Surrendering Pink

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Story Circle Network Star Blogger

That's me for the month of June! I am so honored to be part of this writers' tribe. And I get to put this beautiful badge on my side panel. Great big hugs and thank yous go out to Peggy Fountain and Jude Whelley for all the fine work they do in this organization.  … Continue reading Story Circle Network Star Blogger

Ramblings & Writing, Yesterday's Stories

A Prom Story Part One

Proms have evolved over the years. Decorating the school gymnasium has been replaced by booking a brave restaurant venue. A one-man DJ substitutes for the local band and limos and coach buses line up to transport the youths instead of a mom’s minivan.  A few things have not changed, though. There is always the excitement… Continue reading A Prom Story Part One