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Spaghetti and Some

Spaghetti and Some

I’m not sure if my family is the only one that does this. We name our best food dishes after the people who make or who have made them. Although we all make many different types of food, we only have a few specifically named. Noonie’s Spaghetti is a family classic. In my family, if a dish is made often, loved, and requested it gets named.Recently, my daughter went to Europe. Once there, she was proud to tell me that she made Noonie’s Spaghetti in France . This made me smile as this dish is now an international food!

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Published on September 10, 2019
Published on September 26, 2014
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Published on November 2, 2015
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Published on May 7, 2019
Published on November 9, 2015

Home Plate

Home Plate

RUN HOME! RUN HOME!!!! 
As the story goes, he was up at bat and struck the ball so hard that it went sailing way out into the outfield. Above all the little heads on the opposing team. It was definitely a home run. Just then the parents and coaches started to scream at him to “RUN HOME! RUN HOME!”
He ran his little body to first base and stood there. The parents and coaches kept on screaming at him to “RUN HOME! RUN HOME!” 

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Published on November 23, 2015
Published on October 24, 2014

High 5 Baby!

High 5 Baby!

5 bucks gets you a small meal.  5 bucks will get you some place, not too far. 5 bucks will get you a beer. 5 minutes will let you snooze.  5 minutes late gives you a grace period.  5 minutes early gives you a moment to relax.  Dinner for 5 might get you a round table. I’ll call you back in 5 minutes is polite.  A 5 minute hug is priceless!

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Published on October 12, 2015

iKnow… iThink?

iKnow… iThink?

At a recent dinner, I noticed that the dining table surface suddenly included many cellular phones.  Each dinner guest placed their cell phone next to their cutlery.  During the dinner, these cell phones received frequent glances and for some, the messaging was constant.  The questions to iSelf was, “Who are these virtual guests at our dining table? Who is communication with you? Why is this happening, now?”

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Published on March 25, 2019
Published on May 23, 2016
Published on February 20, 2015
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Published on March 11, 2019
Published on May 16, 2016
Published on March 20, 2015

‘Tis The Season of Giving

‘Tis The Season of Giving

I am embarrassed to say that at this time I haven’t exercised in weeks!  Which answers the question, why do I feel like crap?  I am close to a month behind in my journal writing.  Oh, the thoughts I have wanted to put down on paper and didn’t have the time to.  When I get around to filling in those days, I am certain to have forgotten what I initially wanted to say.

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Published on December 17, 2018
Published on December 18, 2016

It’s No Wonder…

It’s No Wonder…

There were only a few differences between my jumpsuit and Elvis’. The buttons on my suit were plastic and his were metal. The weight of my suit was somewhat lighter than his. Elvis’ suit was much tighter to his body than mine. I also added the cape and some red satin lining for image effect. However, at the end of the night, my body was exhausted from wearing such a heavy suit. I didn’t dance and sing under hot lights in it. I didn’t sweat like crazy in it. I didn’t perform in front of 30,000 + screaming fans in it. I just wore it and walked around smiling.  The next day I needed Advil every four hours to deal with my shoulder and back pains. My knees were also aching from the platform boots. I couldn’t imagine wearing this jumpsuit night after night…

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Published on October 22, 2018
Published on May 16, 2016
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Published on August 27, 2018
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Published on August 13, 2018
Published on August 6, 2017

It Could Always Be Worse

It Could Always Be Worse

During a gorgeous hot summer night, I was out walking with a couple of girlfriends.  While walking the girls started to vent! To vent means to get the steam out. To discuss everything that is causing psychological, emotional, or physical distress. In some cases, venting may cause your arms to swing, feet to stomp, voices to yell, and hair to be pulled.  Actually, it may look like a visual display of madness.

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Published on July 16, 2018
Published on July 21, 2016

I Found Myself

I Found Myself

I wasn’t a lost person, always looking for themselves.  I knew who I was early on.  I felt connected to my world and work quite quickly.  However, now I would love to talk to my 20-year-old self and say, “Hey, it’s ok to say NO – often.  It’s ok not to agree.  It’s ok that people won’t like you for being you. It’s ok to be independent.  It’s ok to live along your own path even if it’s unpopular.  It’s ok to simply be you!”

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Published on July 2, 2018
Published on July 25, 2017

The Profession Which Pays in LOVE

The Profession Which Pays in LOVE

And… What profession am I talking about? How do you get paid in LOVE? Is actual LOVE the currency? Am I talking about matchmaking?  Am I talking about a form of Professional Love?  Also… What type of love am I referring to? The love people have for each other, or for animals, or for inanimate objects?  Tell me! Which profession pays in love?

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Published on June 18, 2018
Published on June 25, 2017

The Random Occurrence of Wonderful

The Random Occurrence of Wonderful

The other morning I woke up to the sound of ticking on my bathroom window. Tick, tick, tick, tick … Stop … Again, tick, tick, tick, tick … Stop. Again and again, the same ticking sound and then it would stop.  This pattern repeated for about five minutes.  I rolled over in my bed and tried to go back to sleep. I assumed it was a squirrel running about.

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Published on May 21, 2018
Published on June 11, 2017
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Published on October 30, 2017
Published on October 16, 2016
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Published on April 30, 2018
Published on April 30, 2017
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Published on March 19, 2018
Published on March 12, 2017

A Boat of Quotes

A Boat of Quotes

“Dear, don’t bother holding your tongue. Just use a glue stick instead of your lipstick.”

The thought of me taking a glue stick out of my purse instead of a lipstick would be hysterical. I might just use this as a prop one night when I’m out with my girlfriends.
Sometimes not speaking and listening more intently is the best and safest approach to being. You can never be misquoted from what you don’t say!

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Published on March 5, 2018
Published on February 26, 2017
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Published on February 19, 2018
Published on February 22, 2017