Where have all the letters gone?

2010 Ritual: Clean out the home office space.It gives me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach to think about making a New Year's resolution because of the anticipation of when and why I will break it. There are so many worthy committments but this year promises to be a big year of change for me no matter what I think I can plan. My husband and I are selling the financial planning practice that we have been building for the last five years....more

Good luck--I miss letters and treasure the ones I have kept.


Crafting and Gardening Goals: Looking Back and Forward

I've spent the last week alternating between looking backward at '09 searching for the highlights of this year and trying to look forward searching out events to anticipate.  It's an exercise as symbolic as switching to a new calendar instead of simply flipping over a page.  What did I find? ...more

I am going to start keeping bees this spring, so my gardening goal is to track how the bees ... more

Dead Tree Books VS EReaders

I keep seeing these blogs and such saying we should stop reading "dead tree books" and all buy ereaders, claiming that they're better for the environment and all that. Let me give you two reasons, people, that will not and cannot happen. #1: Migraine sufferers. ...more

I love me some dead-tree books!


Take Control of Your Blog: Learn HTML

If you're blogging and you don't know even a little bit of HTML, you're doing yourself a disservice. HTML (which stands for HyperText Markup Language) tells a web browser how to diplay text elements on your web page. Learning and using HTML is fairly intuitive; I think you'll find it very easy to learn. Knowing how to use HTML on your own web site or blog allows you to enhance your own posts and troubleshoot small issues that arise (like when your posts don't appear quite the way you intended). ...more

Thanks for this easy-to-understand information (and encouragement to learn). I remember the ... more

Sex and Relationships BlogHer Blogs Offer Good Advice for the New Year

The end of the year is a great time for lists and advice, and this month I found some great posts in the Sex and Relationships BlogHer Blogs with just that. Soft skin, keeping your relationship hot during the holidays, breaking patterns in your relationship as you move forward into the New Year, and embracing diversions after a breakup. Before I share my favorite cherries from the bowl, I want to thank all the people who post here about sex & relationships for your thoughtful, open, honest writing and for sharing your wisdom and experiences through out the year. ...more

Thanks for the summary and links of all the great tips--I will definitely use some of them.


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A Horse is a Horse -- Not a Female Athlete

The second-most-notable female athlete of 2009 according to the Associated Press was the first female to win one of the most celebrated contests in her sport and has a perfect record, winning all 14 of her major competitions.She is also the youngest woman to receive the honor, and at five years of age has accomplished all that she ever will in her sport and so has gone off to retirement....more

Great read. How come AP couldn't just come up with a totally different category--Sports ... more

Big Change Chronicles: Moving Across Town, Remembering What Home Means

by Agnes KrupI discovered the first grey in my hair on Christmas day – several grey hairs, actually. Grey is not easy to detect in blond, but there they were, unmistakably. They looked quite beautiful (if I may say so myself): my head of straw given a quiet shine of distinction by just a dozen of strategically located individual hairs....more

I just posted about grey hair and then I saw your post. Thanks for the commentary! I ... more

Snap, crackle, pop goes this old house.

I just moved into a house that’s been around long enough (about a hundred years) to acquire its own quirks.  Or maybe the quirks were part of the original construction. This place was once just a single room and small bath. Over the years, owners added on, a room at a time.  We live north of San Francisco and after the quake of 1906, many people fled the city and settled into these small places that were intended to be used just for a few weeks in summer. ...more

I liked your emphasis on sounds. I went from living in a 100-year-old house to a new mobile ... more

Here goes Blog Number One

That was a lot of options for what this rambling blog is about.  And to be honest, I don't know where it will take me.  This is my first time using this site, so please, stick it out with me.  What I know today is. I am not happy.  I made a monumental mistake for me, but I believe it's what is best for my son.  I can't go back and change it. There is no way.  ...more

Good luck! You seem to know what it is you need to do. Trust that instinct--we women have ... more