I Support Brittany Maynard & Death With Dignity

[Editor's Note: As of 10/302014, Brittany Maynard has delayed her plans to end her life.]It's not uncommon for Mr. T to look over and see tears running down my face when I'm watching TV or videos. Usually, I'm sniffling over silly fictional ...more

How to Make the Most of Your Thrift Store Shopping

All of my friends know me well, so when I call and say, "Hey, you want to go out tomorrow?" they know that equates to giddily perusing though several thrift stores, hitting yard sales, or picking up stuff from Freecycle. Some decline unless I include ...more

Why You Shouldn't Make Fun of Your Neatnik Friend

I have always been an anxious person. Whenever my mother would get angry or upset, I would follow her around the house until she grew happy again. Let me tell you, it usually had the opposite effect. ...more

Grandma's House Is on the Market

Last week, my grandparents' old house went on the market. It has been inhabited by another family for almost twenty years now, yet every time I drive by it, I still think of it as Grandma and Grandpa's house ... despite the many renovations. My mom, ...more

How Do You Say Goodbye When He Doesn't Believe He's Dying?

How do you say goodbye to someone who doesn't believe he's dying? ...more

The Death of a Dream: I Spent the Weekend With An Old Boyfriend

So began the weekend I'd anticipated for decades, or more recently, the seven months it took to lose a lot of weight and learn to talk in an inside voice again. The weekend I'd see Tony, my boyfriend from 40 years ago who I'd never forgotten and in whose memory I'd woven a strangled web of nostalgia, sexual fantasy and just the eensiest smidgen of middle-aged desperation. And in which he was entangled, at best from affection and desire, at worst from the fear he'd wake up one morning to find me in his driveway with a suitcase and a cat....more

Aren't You Too Old to Say "My Bad?"

Why does the X & Y generation get to have all the new, fun slanguage? They get to say "totes" and "probs" and "adorbs." But how original is that? Because of their lazy tongues, they shorten or abbreviate a word and then it hits it big time and catches on with the masses....more

Los Americanos Stole The Day of the Dead

Los Americans stole my holiday... but I'm not angry, I'm thrilled. I'm talking about "Day of the Dead", of course....more

Drogheda

Stephanie Mann discusses the bloody siege on that dark day in Irish history. According to the conventions of 17th century warfare, a besieged city that refused a summons to surrender and was then taken by storm could expect no mercy. Cromwell regarded the massacre at Drogheda as a righteous judgment on the Catholics who had slaughtered Protestant settlers in the Irish Uprising of 1641, a view that was probably shared by most Protestants at the time ....more

How Not To Impress Your Potential Landlord

So...a few months back, the law suit for the accident finally got settled.  The payout was not huge, but it did allow us to pay off some bills, put some money away for education for the kids and retirement for us - and a little left over....more

A Halloween Blood Letting

I had to get a bunch of blood drawn for a laundry list of tests my doc wants to run, so, with a cynical snicker, I scheduled it for this afternoon. Needles don't necessarily scare me, but medical stuff in general does, since I associate doctors' offices with panic and pain and general awfulness. So what better day to do something scary than Halloween, am I right?Plus I had secret hope that the nurses would be dressed as vampires ....more

The Death of a Dream: I Spent the Weekend With An Old Boyfriend

So began the weekend I'd anticipated for decades, or more recently, the seven months it took to lose a lot of weight and learn to talk in an inside voice again. The weekend I'd see Tony, my boyfriend from 40 years ago who I'd never forgotten and in whose memory I'd woven a strangled web of nostalgia, sexual fantasy and just the eensiest smidgen of middle-aged desperation. And in which he was entangled, at best from affection and desire, at worst from the fear he'd wake up one morning to find me in his driveway with a suitcase and a cat....more

#SpaceShipTwo - Virgin Galactic Rocket Crashes In The Mojave Desert, US

The #SpaceShipTwo crash has rather put a damper on excitement about commercial space travel being safe and available within a few years. Virgin Galactic, a British spaceflight company with aims of bringing suborbital tourism flights to the public, says it has suffered an "anomaly" on one of it's space ships today during a test flight over the Mojave Desert in California.Continue reading » ...more

Now Is The Time To Get The Job You Really Want

When we were children we were often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer typically was a simple response based on a career that seemed a bit heroic like teacher, fire fighter or doctor. Once we were exposed to more possibilities, the answer might have changed to something else, like writer, scientist or musician.What might the younger you have thought about what you’re doing now? Is it something heroic? Is it exciting at all? Do you even want to get out of bed when the alarm goes off?...more

Love this kitchen...

I saw this earlier today and just had to share. ...more

October hath passeth!

Yes, it's officially November here in Indonesia. NaNoWriMo has officially started. Annnd... I don't feel like participating this year. ...more

The Internet Women Are Building

The internet is changing the way women interact with the world. It's opening up all kinds of new opportunities for us, both the terms of business, and in personal growth.Two things struck me the first time I went to a blogging conference....more
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