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Journey into the Lives of Women, One Story at a Time

Life in General

Befuddled, Bothered and Bewildered

Who likes change? Raise your hands. I see some of you are waving wildly to get my attention. I see some of you cringing in the corner. I’m afraid I cringe with you. Change is a good thing. Too much of it can send me into a tailspin. So, in the last month I’ve done…

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Diversity, Our Greatest Strength

  I’m traveling for most of the month of November, and I’ll be sharing some of my blogs from 2009-2010 with you while I’m gone. I’ve loved going back to find those I loved most. I looked for a Halloween post for today, but this one, from early 2010 appealed to me instead. Diversity in…

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On The Road Again

I’m probably channeling Willie Nelson because last week, I saw a short clip from the new Ken Burns documentary on country music. The clip was all about Kris Kristofferson, but Willie was in it, too. Be sure you “tune” in when the series airs on your local PBS station. The date’s not yet announced, but…

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Novelists and Grandmothers

This is grandparents’ week at our cottage. Instead of writing, blogging and Facebooking, I’m indulging in Super Diaper Baby, Uno, and watching my six year old grandson ride the big yellow bus to Children’s School and then sit quietly at Chautauqua’s historical amphitheater as he takes in ballet and orchestra with a child’s enthusiasm—and longer-than-expected…

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No Good Deeds Go Unpunished?

Have you heard about James and Kimberly Snead? The Sneads are ordinary folks, not rich by anybody’s standards. By their own description in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, they live from paycheck to paycheck and rent their home. When an acquaintance of the Snead’s son was orphaned and had no other place to go, they…

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When Bloggers Nap

After a busy weekend hosting all my children, spouses and grandchildren, I need to nap more than I need to blog. You’ve all been there, right? So I’ll be back next week. In the meantime. . . ZZZZZZ. . . .

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Friction: What’s In Your Way? What Ought To Be?

I receive a lot of email. In fact I spend far too much time clearing out my inbox every day. I’m not talking about spam, which is luckily well controlled. Too much of the email I’ve actually signed up for is useless to me: companies trying to sell me things I don’t need or want;…

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Upside Down: Doing Things the Hard Way

Sometimes my best ideas occur in the middle of the night. Sometimes answers to my toughest problems occur then, too. And sometimes my dream self just says, “You know, it’s a good thing you didn’t want to be an engineer.” This past week dream self sparkled and tinkled her way into my bedroom and waved her magic “Let’s…

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Grandkids+Flights To And From Virginia=?

Do you have the answer? It equals exposure to lots of new germs and a very bad cold. I came home from our Thanksgiving trip with a real doozy, so instead of working right now, I’m taking a break to clear my head and feel better. Southern Exposure will resume next week when I can…

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Summer Time and The Giving Is Easy

Between a week of brainstorming, a busy family weekend with two of our four children and their children, and a tummy bug of some sort, I think a nap has to have higher priority today than my blog. By next week I expect to be back in full swing Meantime, today–as I write this–it’s the…

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