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Honoring the Artists in Your Home: Setting Up a Family Art Gallery

I come from a family of artists.  Below is an oil painting done by my great-uncle, Roland Mousseau. I have always loved art, and creating art.  How lucky for me – that when I was a child I had Uncle Rollie! When I was young, Uncle Rollie graciously became my pen-pal! We never met in …

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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

In our lives we cross paths with many different folks. I love meeting new people. and for this reason, I am a mingler at parties. I enjoy striking up conversations.  Actually, I like to ask questions.  I tend to be a better listener than talker. We all have stories to tell and I love to …

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A Manhattan in Venice

One of the aspects of travel that I really enjoy is the exploration of new neighborhoods. I love meandering through the shops and finding hidden gems. Our weekend cottage was off Abbott Kinney Blvd in Venice,CA. This street was named the “Coolest block in America” by GQ magazine.  Indeed, it offered great shopping and dinning …

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Planning Meals for a Blended Family

It’s Thursday evening, and in my world, that means time to go grocery shopping.  Our family is the modern-day Brady Bunch, but unlike the television show, we share custody of the children.  With one son out of college and living on his own and three daughters away at college, we really only have the two …

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For Today’s Potluck ~ Wild Rice, Chicken and Tarragon Salad

  One of the fun things we do at the school I teach at is to organize staff potlucks.  The sunshine group picks a theme, places a large sign-up banner in the staff room, and everyone plans to bring something in. Today is a salad potluck day, and I signed up to bring one of …

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A Great Book! And Aaron Paul to star in the movie! Can’t wait to see this one!

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornsby  (published in 2005) is one of my all-time favorite reads.  This is another dark comedy (maybe my favorite genre) that had me both cringing and laughing out loud.  But what made this book so memorable for me are the characters. I just found out that this book has been …

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Adding More Vegetables to the Dinner Plate

Each day our home is getting quieter as our older children head to back to their colleges.  Yesterday one flew off to Colorado, the day before the destination was Illinois, and tomorrow the last of the college-aged kids will depart for Massachusetts.  With our oldest child having been back to work in Los Angeles since …

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A Great Read – Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple is an amusing and engaging story of one socially phobic woman who also is a creative genius.  As an architect Bernadette achieved greatness, however her life in Seattle as the mother of an eighth grader is far from her comfort zone.  With her husband Elgin working long …

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