It’s All Relative

It’s All Relative

My soon to be 93-year-old mother was telling me last week in our weekly chat that she had seen the interview with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, talking about Grace & Frankie. My mom and I had both done the Jane Fonda workout in the 80’s and both still have the...

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I Would Not Be Here Without Them

I Would Not Be Here Without Them

Back in the 80s and 90s, I worked in the male-dominated world of technology. Yes, there were a few women, but rarely in any significant role. Most of them, including myself, were secretaries or support staff. (Well, actually I started as a security guard, but that’s a...

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The Magic of Books

The Magic of Books

I have always loved books. From a very early age they were both a friend and a gateway to something bigger. They connected me to whomever was reading to me in a new, secret-society kind of way, where we were on a journey together. They increased my vocabulary, my...

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You Know It’s Mercury Retrograde When…

You Know It’s Mercury Retrograde When…

My cleaning lady was here on Friday. Love her. She is one of the kindest, most honest people I have ever met. If I try to leave her a little extra for her hard work, she’ll rebuff it. It’s her job, she’ll say. And then she’ll bring ME Portuguese pastries. That in...

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A Fabulous Story

A Fabulous Story

Imagine if life had a formula. If you wanted to be a doctor, you did this, this, and this and voila! You are a doctor. Or a lawyer. Or cowboy. Or movie star. Whatever. If there was a formula, you would know what to expect and would achieve your results 100% of the...

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Tweaking Your Life

Tweaking Your Life

I can read a room. It’s a skill I have honed over a lifetime of being a daughter, a big sister, a teenager, a teacher, a salesperson, a networker and a speaker. It has served me well and I am quite proud of my ability to anticipate and read non-verbal cues. Well, this...

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I Didn’t Know I Couldn’t Do It

I Didn’t Know I Couldn’t Do It

I’m an explorer. I love to go where no one has been before. This can be dangerous, but maybe that is part of the appeal. More so, it is an adventure full of possibilities. It feeds my soul. The thing about exploring is that it comes from the heart. Sure, you need a...

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Finding the Gift

Finding the Gift

I knew they were there, so it wasn’t a total shock to find the stack of journals in a box of assorted memories. What was a surprise was what I found inside: I found me.  As much as I have sworn off moving ever again, it really has been an interesting and...

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How Long is Forever?

How Long is Forever?

Last November I had a brilliant idea: When my lease was up in April, I’d move to a house with a yard to accommodate my active pup and give me a little breathing space. How hard would it be to find a cute little house in this area?  Answer: 5 months. 10 lost...

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Brilliant Ideas

Brilliant Ideas

When I was a secretary at an IBM plant, I had an idea. This was back in the days of dictating machines and these new-fangled word processors. And while I was loving this new corporate adventure, I was not enthusiastic about being a secretary. My typing skills were...

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