Monthly Archives: March 2009

Edible Easter Grass

  Have they gone too far? Are you kidding me? Straight from Germany, NEW! and IMPROVED!  Easter grass (like the plastic strands in the bottom of an Easter Basket) is now edible. And apparently it’s “great for crafts, too!”  The ingredients: potato starch, corn starch, modified corn starch, artificial flavors, acesulfame (?) potassium, aspartame, artificial […]

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Refreshing Language

I love biographies and memoirs. Maybe I’m drawn to others’ stories to find my own way. Maybe I’m just nosey. Some of my favorites have been The Lincoln Marriage (Abe and Mary Todd), John Adams, The Long Loneliness (Dorothy Day), A Chance to Die (Amy Carmichael), Leap of Faith (Queen Noor), Augustine’s Confessions, the little […]

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Keira’s Tiara

So, we’re planning a wedding. The big day is May 22. My friend Keira was planning on going to the courthouse with her fiancé, “Kisi,” to tie the knot. She hasn’t been to many weddings. Her parents aren’t married. None of her friends is married, so the alternative celebration probably didn’t linger much in her […]

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My Cousin Ann is Hilarious

She has had a blog for sometime, writing about knitting, her kitties, Zombie movies and about working with Special Ed kids (what a combo!). She is downright hilarious. I am adding her to my blogroll (woohooo!) as SheepishAnnie. You must visit; she has quite a following. Just to entice you, I will give you a […]

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Toes Around the World, part 2

Not too long ago, I was at the Met in NYC. And having been there a few times before, I remembered that I had never documented it. Although it was a chilly February afternoon, I sat on the cold marble steps, removed my wool sock and my right boot and aimed my iPhone awkwardly up […]

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Drug Induced

So, yesterday I went to pick up my friend Julie who had knee surgery. When I arrived, she was just out of the operating room and swaddled like a baby in warm blankets from head to toe. She was sleeping so beautifully, with a gentle smile on her face. Good drugs, I thought. She looks so […]

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Advice for Writers

  A few weeks ago, I was a “speed-editor” for a conference. It was kind of like speed-dating, which I’ll have to write about another time! Writers brought their pieces to 7 editors and we spent 7 minutes with each one, trying to help them find their voice, or their audience, or the purpose for […]

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Birthing Pains

I have been the fortunate friend to be a present witness to the birth of four babies (two boys, two girls). Never having birthed my own children, I learned a LOT, as you can imagine, from my brave Mama friends. I often think of the extreme pain they endured to birth new life. And I […]

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Toes Around the World, part 1

So, on my sabbatical in 2002, I decided to document some of my travels. I had already been to a dozen or so countries and not yet “proven” that I had indeed been there. By that, I mean documenting my very foot on the turf of St. Basel’s in Moscow or on a safari in […]

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The Thought Escapes Me

  We celebrated the 40th birthday of my dear friend Monica this weekend. A few fabulous women flew in from all over the country for a weekend to remember!  The festivities also coincided with the Winter Park Arts Festival, a yearly feast for anyone with an artistic bone in their body (and don’t we all […]

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