First Week of Autumn

and I love it! It's my favourite season and so far it's warmer then normal. The calm before the storm, according this years Almanac. A long, cold Winter is on the way. I'm not complaining because other than moving to somewhere in Southern California or Vegas, there's nothing that I can do about it....more

Regina George Crowned Miss America

The newly crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. According to an article published on Jezebel, in 2013 Kazantsev was expelled from her sorority at Hofstra University due to abusive hazing....more


I'm here exhausted and full of breakfast.  Can I write my 500 words in this state?  Can I push forward with no ifs and buts?  Of course I can.  I've caught up on my sleep and Mr. Sun is smiling down on me with a promise of  28 degrees Celsius....more

30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself


I am ambling down the road with Sheba. The air is still and cool but the sun is shining through. I'm hard pressed to find words and ideas this morning. What story do I have to tell? Where do I start? The question comes up every morning....more

Make Room for the Old and the New in Alexandria

When you visit a new city, what do you want to see? The most popular attractions or the hidden gems? Do you get a feel for a place through the hotels, the restaurants, the neighborhoods, or the landmarks? Whatever your travel style, the historic Southern city of Alexandria, Virginia is waiting for you to discover its secrets....more

A Visit to the Muff Doctor

Nothing makes a girl feel more pretty and petite than having her gynecologist say “I’ll use the small speculum on you.” Well aren’t I the belle of the ball?...more

Not all kids from "The Projects" are hoodlums

It was a cold, rainy night when I stood at the ATM last week. All of a sudden it hit me--the smell of urine. I haven't had to endure the sharp stench of urine for a very long time. ...more

Want to Live Happier? Practice Gratitude

Dinners al-fresco on the back patio. Long walks after dinner. Flipping burgers on the grill in the pouring rain. Acupuncture treatment by a friend. My little sister’s encouraging words. Woohoo’s from Parker at gymnastics. Great books that make you think....more