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Laura
Florida and the West Coast
I am me and my hair's still curly! I'm also a mother, daughter, friend, loner, writer, and dog sitter.
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Suspension Bridge over River When I first got married, my future ex-husband and I bought a fourth-floor walk-up in Petach Tikva, a non-glamourous (then and now) city east of Tel Aviv. After that, we rented an apartment in Queens and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Low tide in Coos Bay, Oregon Books have always been where I immerse myself. They are my escape from the world, but they are also my way into understanding the world and us, the lovely, confusing, annoying characters in it.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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There's the beach, and then there are the alligators. (Author's pic from a lovely stroll in the park) The other day I met yet another person who had moved down to Florida to be near an older parent. I’m not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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The garden where I volunteer. (Author's pic) I have not been great at keeping friendships going. In 1982, when I left Buffalo (where I went to college), I didn’t stay in touch with friends for very long. I saw my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Bans Off Our Bodies March, Washington DC, May 14, 2022 Clearly, there are a lot of bad things happening now. Young men with assault rifles killing children with summer dreams and Black people with groceries (and dreams)—this ongoing American war.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Protected Windows. Photo by Yuliia Tretynychenko on Unsplash Most of us in America are here because of suffering that we or our ancestors endured or could no longer endure. Oppressed. Enslaved. Tortured. Starved. And those who were already here, they,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Other people's hobby which I saw on a walk The way I have settled into retirement— away from what had been my home for eight years, away from a job that I had for sixteen years, away from an area... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Fence proclaiming its stand. Photo by Tina Hartung on Unsplash The war continues. Watching the news continues. Reading articles and tweets continues. Donating to organizations helping Ukrainian refugees continues. Crying in empathy continues. Being within the fog of dread for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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The Life of Ukraine's Colors: Photo by Olga Subach on Unsplash My heart goes out to the Ukrainian people who are suffering from the war that Putin, and Russia, have hurled upon them. As I sit here writing, it’s shocking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Another hobby: Going on walks (Wakodahatchee Wetlands) I can still remember when I thought that being unique was the most important quality a person could have. It could have been that I was protecting the introverted book worm that I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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There are people and articles out there stating how bad Zoom is for us, but I disagree. I have found that zooming is making me a better listener and, hence, conversationalist, especially when there are more than two people involved.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Painting a front door on MLK Day 2022 (Photo: Jewish Federation of PBC) Over the years, I’ve volunteered with different organizations, doing different things, for different reasons. I’ve filled bags with food, cleaned a beach, canvassed for politicians, sat with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Lake Worth, Pink House As I sit here in a local coffee shop, staring into space and at the people sitting at their tables and walking by, I realize that wandering, mentally and physically, is my natural state of being.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Breakfast View I’m still troubled by something that younger daughter said to me a few years ago. She told me that I wasn’t adventurous. Mind you, she said this on our trip to New York City where she expected me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2022 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Sailboat off Lake Worth Beach Recently, I went on two dates with a very nice man who I refer to as the Jewish Doctor. Alas, there will be no third date with said gentleman despite his clear intelligence and interesting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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My new pickleball paddle and ball When I was about 14, I flew on a plane for the first time with a cousin to visit our grandparents in Miami Beach. This was so long ago that if you said “Miami... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Beach walking find A few mornings ago, I volunteered at Kind Kitchen, which is dedicated to providing homemade kosher meals to anyone who needs help. We were preparing for the big Thanksgiving and Chanukah delivery that will be made next... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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I love everything bagels. If there isn’t an everything bagel in the house, I will often sprinkle everything bagel spice mix onto a slice of buttered toast. Two key components of the spice mix are the stealth seeds, like beige... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Lake Worth Beach The other night, the 55+ community where I live with my mother (I will not get used to saying that) held its first neighborhood picnic since before the pandemic began. The timing coincides with the trickling arrival... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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I went back to my usual coffee shop a few days ago because I planned to walk on the beach after my writing session and it’s on the way. I also wanted to see if the changes I saw last... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Air plant These are observations and thoughts from two weekday mornings this week at a chain coffee shop. It gets busier the longer that I’m here. Today, I got here at around 7:30 and it is almost 9:30. I will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Back to the beach too I haven’t been to “my” coffee shop for more than a month. I was looking forward to being back here, doing some writing, observing the other customers, and having a cup of coffee and a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Rainy morning For the past few nights, I sat around the bonfire (the Forest Service has permitted them again in this area after two days of soaking rain) with some of my daughter’s colleagues and, now that they’re back, YEAH,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Dusk It is now Tuesday morning. Since last Wednesday afternoon, I have been living in a cabin in a rustic lake-side resort in a national forest in Oregon. This is where younger daughter and her boyfriend live and work. I’m... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Forest walk When I started this blog in 2008, I had just finished going through a contentious divorce from a verbally and emotionally abusive man, but I was still living with him—and the abuse—in the same house with our two... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2021 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman