This was meant to be a toast to the New Year to my friend Michele but alas, I was living life and here it is already the middle of January. Even past the middle. I think this is the longest I have gone without posting since I started this blog about 18 months ago. The […]

Martha Stewart wrote a short article in her Martha Stewart Living Magazine this month. It was moving. It was real. It was heartbreaking. It reminded me of my brother Dave. Martha’s sister had died unexpected at age 59 and Martha wasn’t prepared. She said she had much more to say to her sister. I recognized that feeling. […]

The best-selling novel Unbroken tells the true story of an inspirational man, Louis Zamperini,  who persevered through unbelievable hardship and forgave every mistreatment he suffered. When the invitation came inviting me to hear him speak, it went into my calendar in pen. I wouldn’t miss it. It was a private engagement at a house in Portola […]

I tried. I really did. But Hamballs are just not paleo. Hamball night is approaching and Hubby is so strict in his paleo diet that I decided I needed to start testing. I tried making them with almond flour. I tried leaving out the breadcrumbs. I even tried using gluten-free breadcrumbs to make them “kind […]

Vegan.  Just the word makes me lose my appetite. I think bland, dull, fibrous and flavorless. But vegan has been infiltrating my world since 2012 so it is time to adjust. This infiltration of dietary restrictions was brought to my attention by a friend from book club who wrote an email to the group stating […]

The Aunties are there when you need them. And every family needs them. The nickname came about during one of the worst weekends of our lives. Whenever a major event occurred in my sister-in-laws family, her mother and her mother’s sisters swooped in and handled it.  Diligently, happily and tirelessly, they would take care of […]

I realized last October that I have a bevy of Libra friends. From late September until late October, it is a birthday bonanza and I only celebrate about half of them. I mean really…as hard as I try, I can only fit so many parties into one month. This year, I decided to honor a […]

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