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A Tale of Two Beaches


  Yesterday marked the last hurrah at the Jersey Shore for our family.  The kiddo and I made our way down in the late morning to meet my dad and his wife who had driven in the night before.  It ended up being cold and rainy (not the best weather for a shore-bound day), but

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Bloodlines


  Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us. — Harry Emerson Fosdick   I’ve always been a bit of a creative.  Ever since I can remember I was creating something — casting plays, writing stories, fabricating fanciful things. When

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  This morning I went to the dentist.  I’ve been seeing the same dentist since I was five and the staff there has always been great, so I don’t actually mind going. Well, I didn’t mind going until today. Promptly at 9am I was greeted by my hygienist and escorted back to the chair, and

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Open doors


Isn’t it amazing how much one person can affect the life of another, and not even know it? Back when I was in high school, I was one of those kids who never really felt like they belonged. The town I lived in felt too constraining, too small to hold all of my dreams and ambitions.

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The Value of Everything


One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.   No truer words have ever been spoken.  Especially if you have a 5 year old in your house. My son is a collector.  Not baseball cards, or action figures.  Just stuff.  All kinds of stuff.  Stuff you or I would probably dismiss as trash.  He finds it

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How I Cheated Death (in 10 easy steps)


  Today I’m taking a break from my normal posts about creativity and business to wax poetic about my newfound homeowner skills — I replaced a garbage disposal! Yeah, I know, I know… This probably rates a grandiose “so what” for the average person, but this was my first try ever with a repair of

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New beginnings


  Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain The first day of spring. Every year I’m

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Saying Goodbye…


  On Tuesday I bid a tearful farewell to the best fuzzy friend a girl could ever have. I brought Jake home from the local shelter in the fall of ’96, and he’s been my constant and unfailing companion ever since.  He saw me through the death of my mother, the end of my marriage, and

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The enduring part of love


  I think back on all the loves I’ve had in my life, and there are a few that stand out profoundly from all the others. There aren’t many—three to be exact—but I count them as the primary building blocks of my romantic history. Although I have some positive and enduring memories, these three relationships

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Before the moment has flown


One of the things that I have learned in my creative life: the muse will visit you at the most unexpected times. One of the things I need to un-learn in my life: the little voice in the back of my head that says “do the chores first.” It never fails. I’m cleaning the bathroom,