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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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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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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We’ve had a wonderful time with family over the holiday, and some are still with us for the rest of the week. So no blog today. Grandchildren time instead. Hope you have family time scheduled over the summer, too, and if you’re reading this from the U.S., hope your Fourth of July was a good one. I’ll see…

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I spend the summer at Chautauqua Institution. The official website describes Chautauqua this way: Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times. Check this link for a more comprehensive background. Quite a mission, huh?…

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I’ve confessed before, but I’ll confess again. I love newspapers. This apparently makes me desperately old-fashioned. But while I also check newspaper articles online, nothing compares to sitting down in the morning with the real thing and going through it page by page. I miss the little things on the internet. The local tidbits. The letters…

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Two years ago I started playing Mah Jongg when a neighbor offered to teach a small group of us. My week was filled with writing, but I thought it was time for a change. Maybe trying something new would jump start new ideas. I kicked myself numerous times after I said I would give the group a…

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This morning I asked my Facebook Reader’s Page what they would like me to blog about. The answer was lies. Facebook has a secret new algorithm to determine which page posts our followers will see. The new method involves cases of microbrews, a smoky room, a table filled with uninhibited Gen-Xers and dice. Sometimes my posts go to more…

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If you’re reading this today you have power. Yay you! I’m thrilled for you. Still I know that your thoughts are with all the people on the east coast who probably don’t have power, heat or warm water today. We’re wishing them the best, right? For those of you immersed in blizzard 2015 who are lucky enough to be able to…

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