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Writer. Mom. Sister. Daughter. Pal. Writing Teacher. Finder of stories in daily life. Pay attention - there's a story wherever you go.
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For reasons described here, I have moved realia to my new self-maintained space at I hope you'll stop by to say hello! Thanks Typepad - you folks have been great, and I'll always love your beautiful designs. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at realia
*This blog has moved. Please visit me a I'd love to hear from you!* I haven’t used an alarm clock in years. Not needing one is one of the best things that happened to me in middle age. I wake up a little before six most days, well in advance of the time I need to get ready for work. I welcome waking up; that time to myself before the commotion of city and work are like a daily gift. With an alarm clock it was different; the wakeup call like a general ordering me out of bed, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at realia
For the longest time I've gone back and forth about whether I wanted to return to blogging. Astonishingly I've continued to pay for the Typepad space simply for lack of deciding what I will do with the project, or even just the accumulated writing. The Typepad folks are great, always helpful and responsive and the blog designs are beautiful. But my lack of commitment didn't warrant the cost - I could maintain a site for free or almost free. So I took action the other day and bought a domain where all this has moved to ( I could house... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at realia
"For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice." ~T.S. Eliot Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at realia
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at realia
One misty, moisty, morning, When cloudy was the weather, There I met an old man All clothed in leather All clothed in leather, With a cap under his chin. How do you do? And how do you do? And how do you do again? Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at realia
I'm great my friend! Feeling a little ashamed at not responding to some of the kind comments above. But won't feel apologetic or remorseful about the retreat from writing here. I accept it as something that was natural and needed. Well, and this current job has me writing so intensively every day, I don't have the gumption to do more of it when I get home. Anyway, I will be back. You're piece of today ( was the last inspiration I needed. xo
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2014 on change, big change, and food at realia
Peggy Jo, thanks so much for your response. As a matter of fact, I am coming back after my from blog vacation. Soon I look forward to getting to know you in the bloggy world. Comments like yours are the best motivation!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2014 on about the blog at realia
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Jun 20, 2013
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May 9, 2013
That photo of the Mini M.A.C. up there sent me to her site, so I'd have to say that. But love the Cornelia glasses too. And the camera bags!
Toggle Commented May 8, 2013 on A TUESDAY GIVEAWAY - NOW CLOSED at BLEUBIRD BLOG
Jennifer is now following Rebecca Caridad
Apr 15, 2013
Aw thank you my friend. You always have such wise things to say. Much love back and it's great to see you. xo
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2013 on change, big change, and food at realia
Thanks Mike! And for the wise advice too. You and Tom Waits are smart blokes.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2013 on change, big change, and food at realia
You are so right my friend. I KNOW these changes are in the right direction. Bring on the next chapter! *hugs* back!
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2013 on change, big change, and food at realia
Yes, I know exactly what you mean RB! You expect to feel a certain way in advance, and when it happens, and then your mind, spirit and body are saying something else, well, it's confounding. Thanks, lovely friend. That I can abandon this space for so long and friends come back and read what I write and have something to say about it - it means the world. Xo
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2013 on change, big change, and food at realia
I’m sitting here looking out at the millions of diamonds floating on the harbour and I’m filled with contentedness. I don’t know what that has to do with this post, but it seemed like a good way to start it. We’ve just finished our weekly brunch of frittata – this time with purple kale, asparagus and tomato and accompanied by couple of slices of nitrate-free bacon. I don’t know what that has to do with this post either, but it certainly reflects my rather limited perspective of the last month and a half. Cooking, was, I suppose, my way of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at realia
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Mar 7, 2013
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Feb 22, 2013
I always write my posts offline in Word, and then copy it to Notepad before copying it to Typepad. That way, the inherent styles in my Word program don't mess with the styles in my blog.
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Thank you Susan. I suppose I would get tired of relentless sunlight if I had it too. And I do love rainy days. I just have that 9-5-er dilemma, of going to work when it's dark and coming home when it's dark. Anyway, funny you should mention the picture making you want to make cocoa. When I was thinking about the stove light as something I've always loved, I had memories of me as a pre-teen making hot ovaltine...
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2013 on stove light at realia