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Did We Promise All That?

  Last night at a wedding, listening to the vows, made me think of our wedding. I asked Ron, “did we promise all that?” His reply, “Don’t you remember?” So long ago – but we’ve certainly lived it. Richer or poorer. Sickness and health. Till death do us part.   The last five years have put…

Count Your Blessings

  There was a day when the only thing I had to care for was my ’75 red Mustang. One husband, four kids, and ten grandchildren later – my life is MORE. More complicated. More laughter. More tears. More joy. More pain. More people. More problems. More to pray for. More to love. Just MORE….

Who Is The Chubby Lady IN THE PICTURE?

When I see my fifty-something self in pictures, I cringe and my inner voice says, “Yikes, who is the chubby lady?” The ironic thing is that I use to be a teenage-fashion model. When I was very young, thin and FABULOUS, I looked at pictures of myself, cringed, and my inner voice said, “Yikes!” I’ve…

A Rose By Any Other Name

  I love drinking Rose Tea – it smells and taste…. like ROSES.  There is quite a bit of information about aromatherapy and the benefit of “roses” as a mood elevator.  We have often heard to “take time to smell the roses.” It seems there is actually a medical benefit to doing so.  William Shakespeare…

The Days of Small Things

Who Remembers These??  As a child, I loved paint-by-number art kits, because a novice like me could pick up a paint brush and create a masterpiece. First, I painted all the number 1s brown, and then I painted all the number 2s black, and so on… Eventually, it looked somewhat like a kitten. Don’t begrudge…

NEW BODY TYPE

“Grandma,” Six-year-old Ever said,”You’re white and soft and sweet. Just like a marshmallow!”

Fingerprints

My teenage son, Jeremy, took a CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) class. So we took a tour of the crime lab. We were shown the various ways that criminals are identified. The most common – they leave their fingerprints behind. The forensics’ people can dust door knobs, duct tape and even gloves. That’s right. The oh-so-dumb…

I have gadgets and gizmos aplenty and whozits and whatsits galore

Barbie’s got the goods. (Houses, and jet skies and cars oh, my!) You want it? She’s got it! Hey, Barbie, I would look more attractive too, if I was spinning around town in a $100,000 pink convertible. This thought occurred to me recently as I was driving to my high school reunion in my—look at…

Can You Be Too Thin?

This photo was taken in Paris 1979. I was 108lbs. Edward the 8th abdicated his throne to marry the woman he loved—the twice divorced pencil-thin Wallace Simpson. She is long remembered for her view on the impossibility of being too rich or too thin. Can you be too skinny? Twenty years ago it was headline news…

Fashioned By God

Famous fashion designers, like Liz Claiborne and Donna Karan, label all their creations and Barbie has ‘Mattel’ stamped on her back. The Master Designer created us and His label is imprinted on our souls – ‘Fashioned by God, Designer Originals.’ Fashioned By God, a Designer Original 100% Human Hand Wash Warm Do Not Bleach Use…

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