Another new weight loss journey

I am 60 years old, way overweight , feel much older than I am and had been to that place in my head that says there is nothing you can do about it, surrender to the aches and pains caused both by my body being so big and osteoarthritis and just give up....more

Heirloom fashion

One of my favourite Christmas presents this year wasn't strictly a Christmas present at all. It's this cashmere scarf, which belonged to my late Great Auntie Marjorie and which was passed down to me by my mum:...more

Best of Moomette’s Magnificents Blog Posts 2009

Now that we’ve passed the Winter Solstice and are wrapping up 2009, I’ve tried to put together a collection of my favorite“Best of 2009” series of Moomette’s Magnificents posts. While I’m a mom, I’m also a grandmom, wife, sister, and friend.  I try to identify myself as a multi-generational blogger, and my blogging friends and readers are many. (Read More) Cindi...more

Christmas Memories

by Dr. Patricia Yarberry AllenI loved making Christmas special when I was a young wife and mother. The trees could never be tall enough, the lifetime collection of ornaments, each with a story, could never be enough to decorate each year’s tree in order to fill my sons’ memory banks with joy. There was the Christmas when we lived in a townhouse on Madison Avenue. The parlor had heavy double wooden doors … just like in the Nutcracker....more

Five Things for Which I'm Proud (2009 edition)

If you were raised as I was, in the old school, American South way, meaning Sunday School on Sundays and heavy doses of "home training" anytime, anyplace, then you may know why an assignment to write about "five things you're proud of from 2009" shook me up a bit. I can only think of one moment in my personal history where saying "I'm proud," was cool with the folks, and the props go to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, for that. ...more

Graduate school huh, Good for you!!!more

Whitney Houston's Come Back. Have You?

Whitney Houston, Mickey Rourke, Jennifer Hudson, Mackenzie Phillips: What comes to mind when you hear these celebrities names? I know the one I hear. It's "comeback." When Jennifer Hudson sang at the Super Bowl at the beginning of this year, the media went wild with Hudson comes back headlines, and they should have. If you had faced what Hudson faced--your mother, brother, and nephew all murdered in the same day--could you have gone before millions less than three months later to sing? ...more

I knew you'd have some provocative thoughts on picking yourself up in spite of what people ...more

The Gift of Gardening

Rhonda Fleming Hayes Depserate for gift suggestions? I've got one that might work. You don't have to go out in the cold. There are no malls involved. You don't have to get dressed up. It appeals to procrastinators, (they are the ones reading the gift suggestion articles on December 21) because it can be put off for at least several months. See photos and read more at www.thegardenbuzz.com  ...more

My Own Christmas Newsletter: Spoiler Alert - Includes Swine Flu

December, 2009         It may be better to give than receive, but I'd rather read your newsletters and cards than try to remember the past year in enough detail to write my own. ...more

Grandparents and Their Truckloads of Gifts

Ah, the holidays. They've arrived, and along with them come all the grandparents with large plastic toys and gadgets and clothes and more toys and where the heck are you going to put all that STUFF?Not to mention -- are your kids getting a wee bit spoiled?...more

I really try hard to abide by my daughter and son-in-laws wishes when it comes to gift ...more

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