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    Social without the Media

    I spend a lot of my spare time on social media because that’s the kind of person I am, and I’m not one bit ashamed of that. Before social media existed, in the 60s and 70s, I had my own form of social media. It was called playing. I played with my friends on a daily basis. knocking on their doors, planning things to do, riding around on our bikes with not one care in sight. Social without the Media. So….when the term “social media” came about, I was on board – it made it easier to share my thoughts, ideas and feelings with all you lucky people who choose…

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    Walking Man

    They say no man’s an island. I know that to be untrue. There are people you meet who give the impression they have feelings, but when they’re good at their game of life, they don’t have feelings at all. Sometimes it takes a minute to see through their game, sometimes unfortunately it takes years to detect. A song came on the radio today while I was working by James Taylor-“Walking Man.” I stopped working, closed my eyes, leaned back in my chair and took it all in. Feel free to do the same. Sweet Baby James has always had a way of speaking to me like no other songwriter/singer. At…

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    Better with Age

    “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”– C.S. Lewis   Whiskey. Cast Iron Skillets. Fine Wine. Jeans. Leather. Some things get better with age, and that goes for women also. Don’t believe me? Here are 5 reasons to believe. 1. Diana Nyad, Age 64 One of her mottos for life – “Find A Way” Diana – World champion swimmer, record breaker, story teller, inspiration to many. She never gave up, even after 4 attempts, and the first attempt would more than likely make me stop! Shark-infested waters. Way to go, Diana, you make me proud to be a woman. Member of the National…

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    As the smoke clears

    I’m not alone in this thought because my friends of similar age think about it too. We’re of that age taking care of parents if still alive and wondering about our own future and who will take care of us, if we need it. This weekend I’ve watched a movie, a documentary and two television series that had the same common thread. It’s called loneliness. The world is so big while you’re growing up, and your family is your “home base,” a place to go, a place to eat, a place to sleep. Some people have more “home” than others.  Guidance, encouragement and self esteem-building.  Others aren’t as fortunate but…

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    Simplicity

    For me and my husband, 2 forks is enough, 3 is better and 4 is max. “For that amount of money, we’ll just buy new stuff when we get there and give all this stuff away!!!” The words still ring in my ears as I laugh to myself about my husband’s response to the mover as we planned to move cross country. But that’s exactly what we did. Donated. Sold. Purged. All worldly possessions but the very few small things that could fit into our Honda Civic, along with our 3 animals. We donated so much to a local charity that they limited us to a specific number of car…

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    Vintage Vittles

    hahaha-vintage vittles, or is it “viddles?” Synonyms for vittles Synonyms bread, chow, chuck , comestibles, eatables, eats, edibles, fare, food,foodstuffs, grub, meat, provender, provisions, table. Well, considering what I grew up eating, “vittles” is an overstatement! My first memories of food are from my elementary school years, and boxed food was the rage, along with anything Kraft advertised on TV and in magazines. One of my favorite things for my mom to make for us on a Friday night (in her light pink oven) was foil-wrapped hot dogs, including relish and mustard and cheese, all heated up making the hot dog bun warm and crunchy. I can taste it now. I haven’t been able to locate the vintage ad, but wieners were all the…

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    Power Your Person

    Branding first began more than half a century ago as a way for cattle ranchers to mark their animals-horses and cattle. This was the perfect way to prevent or at least deter stolen herds. In the late 1880’s, packaged goods like Coca-Cola started taking off. I know-can you believe it?! 1880’s?! Well, the generic soda wasn’t the same, and Coca-Cola had to have a way to separate their product from the generic sidekick. So, branding it was. Not with a branding iron, of course, but with words and slogans. David Ogilvy, pictured above, was what they called an Advertising Tycoon aka “The Father of Advertising.” “When I write an advertisement,…

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    High-Fat?Low-Fat?No Fat?!

    fad  /fad/noun an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze.       I’m not one to go with the crowd and follow the fads, BUT there is one fad I wanted so badly to be a part of, and that was the go-go-boot fad. I was in 6th grade, it was the 60s (as my grandson says, the 1900s!). All the girls and I wore crazy colors of fishnet hose, held up by a garter belt. Then the final touch was the go-go boot, which my mother said looked trashy. I wore my fishnets with…

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    No Flash in the Pan

    An article from several years ago in the local news that pretty much explains my reason for creating recipes and competing. It’s just fun!   For more than 40 years, cooking was nothing more than a hobby for Paula Todora, a Fort Worth resident with a 30-year career in commercial insurance. But less than five years ago, she entered a national cooking contest, and it “opened up a whole new world.” Paula is a seasoned veteran at the World Food Championships and will be a co-host of a nationally syndicated radio show, “Golf, Grape & Grub Show.” In 2010, Todora discovered what made her “tick.” She entered a Paula Deen…

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