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Favorite Moments of My Summer and Fall

It’s that time of year. We’re packing to move back to Florida. I’ll confess it’s time to leave. Chautauqua Institution, which hosts thousands during the summer but now, empty and silent, reminds me of that sad moment when you realize the party is over, the guests have departed, and you’ve been left alone to set…

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Laugh Like Your Life Depends On It

Do I look upset to you? Very, very upset? Or did you say to yourself (correctly) that, no, Emilie is channeling Lewis Black for a good laugh. Because that’s what I’m doing, and a pretty good job of it, too. On Saturday Proman and I did what we’ve promised ourselves we would do for a…

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Sunday Inspiration: Are Grudges Keeping You Awake?

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” -Martin…

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The Best Laid Plans

Sometimes best laid plans should be discarded. We spent yesterday with our oldest grandson. Liam, seven, had another day off from school, so my husband and I bopped down to Ohio to spend it with him. Last month we had the pleasure of spending a day with Liam, too, and as part of it we…

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Sunday Inspiration: Autumn

“It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” -Winnie the Pooh As the leaves begin to burst into color here at Chautauqua, I feel like following Pooh’s suggestion to leap into the leaves — or perhaps better yet to treat…

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Science Knows No Country

Science knows no country,  because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch that illuminates the world. . . Louis Pasteur We had the good fortune to spend a morning at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on University Circle last week with our oldest grandson. Here he is, immersed in “science.” I hope Liam continues…

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A Long and Winding Road

What a summer it was. First I hope your summer was filled with new experiences, even if you stayed home. There’s always something to learn and enjoy even if it’s only from your front porch. I’ve neglected Southern Exposure for the past few weeks, so let me catch you up. Mostly in photos. If this…

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Sunday Inspiration: Literary Lots

How inspiring is this: a woman who takes abandoned lots in Cleveland and turns them into playgrounds based on children’s books, or literary lots as she calls them. Check out the article here for all the details. What books would you choose to build a literary lot?  

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Sunday Inspiration: Aloha

“Aloha… I believe in Aloha and Kindness, ’Ohana first, meaningful Friendships, counting my Blessings, and Giving to others. I choose to see the good in life even during times of struggle. I am Grateful for the life I have and for all the wonderful people that make this journey worthwhile.” — author unknown I’ve been…

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Sunday Inspiration: “We’re all stories…”

“We’re all stories in the end, just make it a good one.” Did you know that Dove candy wrappers have quotations on them, and some good ones, including the one above? Don’t ask me how I know. Well, I am on vacation, (that’s Asilomar on the coast in the photos) so I figure I deserve…

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