New Clothes

Are you a thrift store shopper or do you want your new clothes to actually be new clothes? I do a bit of both. When you are still wearing 25 year old tee shirts, maybe finding new clothes of any kind isn’t really your main focus in life.

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Childhood idol

Many people have talked about Carrie Fisher as a childhood idol. For my generation her mother Debbie Reynold was the idol. For me personally, I idolized Esther Williams when I was a child. She was a swimmer, as I was, and she could do magical things in the water. I wanted to do everything in the water that Esther Williams could do.

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An Admirable Woman

Today is the last day for Diane Rehm to be on her show. She’s the host of the long-running and always interesting radio show bearing her name. If I had to name women I admire and respect, she would be on the list. Thanks, Diane, for all the great discussion and information and thought-provoking topics.

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The Best Holiday

Without little children around, I’ve lost interest in holidays and holiday traditions. The best holidays are about children – opening presents, hiding colored eggs, watching fireworks. I need little people with their wonder and excitement around me to stir up my appreciation for another holiday observance.

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Ear Worm

Sometimes you hate those ear worms. Like when you come out of It’s a Small World at Disneyland and can’t sing anything else for 2 weeks. But sometimes you get a song in your head that’s so pleasing you enjoy the ear worm. “Christmas Island” is mine today, and I’m really digging it. Can you hear me humming?

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Ridiculous

It’s sad and scary and maybe even ridiculous that we live in a time when our beliefs keep us apart and the facts don’t matter. We cling to our own thoughts and won’t listen to anyone else’s point of view. We’ve lost so much as humans and it may lead to our destruction.

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Blessings

Here in the USA, many people spent time over the holiday thinking about their blessings. You know the old expression “if you want to feel rich, count your blessings.” It works. It works as long as you’re doing it. It doesn’t work if you’re climbing over a sales clerk at the Wal Mart trying to reach a toy before your neighbor from church gets it first.

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I Want

Scheduling is not my favorite thing. I want what I want when I want it. Not on a schedule. If I’m hungry at 4 PM, why can’t I have dinner then? If I want to go to the grocery store at 5:45 AM, why can’t I go then? If I want to publish a blog post right now, not in 8 minutes, why can’t I do that?

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The Gong

At the healthplex where I’ve been going for physical therapy for a while, you get to bang a gong on your last visit. That’s today for me, and I plan to ring it with vigor. My epic win in my Super Better game, however, was to get back into my hour long exercise class and make it through. I did that last week. Two big achievements toward better health.

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The Sunrise

Sandia Sunrise

I’m waiting for the sunrise, just to make sure the world is still turning and that last night’s election results didn’t cause the end of everything. I woke up dreaming I was on the phone with a 911 operator because a crazy man with a gun was inside my home threatening everyone. I need the sunrise to cheer me up.

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