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Friday, 15 September 2017 19:34

Inspired by "The Glass Castle"

The other night, I had the pleasure of spending the evening with my delightful friend, Beth Gerg, while enjoying a delicious dinner and watching the movie, "The Glass Castle". Beth introduced me to the book several years ago. I could not put the book down after reading the first sentence―"I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster." At the time, Beth had no idea how much this memoir by Jeanette Walls affected my life. When Beth first contacted tell me the…
Thursday, 07 September 2017 12:58

The Boys of Summer

As this swiftly moving summer was ending, I invited my thirteen-year-old grandson, Truman and five of his friends for a sleepover on a Saturday night in late August. These boys had spent the summer riding their bikes all over Brookville; spending time at the dam; sleeping over at each other's home, (many of them at Truman's); playing basketball and football at the school, and of course, playing games on their cellular phones. The night of the sleepover they drove down my driveway on their bikes, promptly laid them on their sides in front of the house, and ran into our…
Thursday, 24 August 2017 16:36

The Summer of the Social Butterfly

When I was in tenth grade, my biology teacher referred to me as a 'social butterfly" because I was always talking with the boy next to me during most of the class. Her description amused me at the time. Today, it seems like a very fitting description of my activities over the past two months. I have been flitting from place to place. I spent a week on Chautauqua Lake celebrating my 50th class reunion with old friends; four days in Cape May, New Jersey with two of my closest Brookville friends; a trip to Jamestown for my niece's baby…
Thursday, 03 August 2017 18:16

What a Fabulous Week it Was!

As I mentioned last week in my blog, a group of my West Side Friends joined me at my lake house rental for an evening of laughter, love and reminiscing! We get together every year when I am in Fluvanna, but this year we had two more friends join us―Mary from Florida and Cherrie from Georgia. They each made the night even more enjoyable. We sat on the porch overlooking the lake, eating, drinking and talking until the sun went down. At that point, we went into the living room where our jovial stories continued. When we realized we were…
Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:03

My West Side Friends

Peace and tranquility surround me as I sit on the porch of my Greenhurst rental and view the beauty of Chautauqua Lake. I am reminded of the many times in my teens when I spent the day at Lakewood Beach with my West Side friends laughing, swimming, and sharing stories. Fortunately, I renewed those friendships at my 40th class reunion and have invited them for an evening get-together every year while I'm staying at the lake. We still laugh and share stories. However, the beach is no longer an option because it is closed, and we're all past the point…
Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Encouraging Words from a Black Thumb Gardener

It seems as if it has been a long time coming, but summer has finally arrived in western Pennsylvania! At this time of year, one of my favorite pastimes is driving through the streets of Brookville and admiring the beautiful gardens and decorated porches. Growing up, the only gardener in my family was my grandmother Conklin. Every spring when the lilacs bloom along my driveway, I am reminded of how much she loved them. I bring a few of those memories into my home by filling a large vase with those delicate violet flowers and putting them in my kitchen…
Thursday, 06 July 2017 00:15

The Healing Power of Love and Laughter

A few weeks ago, my cousin, Suzie and I stopped in Celeron, NY to take a photo of the bronze, replacement statue of Lucille Ball. It was unveiled last August on what would have been Lucy's 105th birthday. I must say, the creator, Carolyn Palmer did a fantastic job! In the newest version, a smiling Lucy is standing on her Hollywood star, clad in a polka-dot dress, pearls and heels, and her hair is curly and coiffed. Palmer's brush and creative touch helped to bring this bronze sculpture to life. Lucy was full of life and laughter! And so is…

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