Summertime

Summer is the best season. Well, at least it is when you grow up in Upstate NY, and you have to deal with 9 months of winter. Summer is a respite from the cold. A short break from the snow and cold and heavy sweaters and boots. Summer is long…

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Walking Away and Starting Over

Once upon a time, there was a young girl who loved to help others. She loved sharing knowledge, and she loved books. She knew from the start that she was meant to be a teacher. So, when she went off to college, she declared her major as “Secondary English Education,”…

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Live and Let Live

The other morning after my son woke up way too early, we were watching the six o’clock news together. He was cuddled up on my lap, playing with the cameo that hangs around my neck. The news was sharing updates on the recent tragedy in Orlando. Forty-nine innocent lives lost.…

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5 Years From Now

Five years from now. My son will be almost-6. Hopefully he’ll be sleeping in past 5:30am by then. He’ll be transitioning from kindergarten into 1st grade, and it’s exciting to think of the little boy becoming a little man. I can envision him as a 6 year old, running around…

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5 Tips to Avoid Procrastination

I have a confession to make. I’m a procrastinator. It’s true. I put things off until the very last minute. Unless it’s something I love doing or am greatly looking forward to. But chores and mundane tasks and sometimes even work tasks … ugh. I’ve always prided myself at working…

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Leftovers: What To Do

I love food. My husband loves food. Our growing son loves food. Our dog loves food. We’re foodie people. Our love for food means that our fridge is often teeming with leftovers. Pyrex and Rubbermaid in assorted sizes with colorful lids fill our refrigerator’s shelves. Leftover sausages and burgers and…

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The Books I Saved

I’ve been a reader since before I can remember. I can’t recall a time when I didn’t have a book to read in my hands or in my bag or on my bedside table. While my sister and the neighbor kids were running amuck outside in the cornfields of creeks,…

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Top Ten Foods to Fill You Up

Today’s challenge is to list my 10 favorite foods. Only 10?! (I didn’t realize how much I’d be talking about food during this blogging challenge!) I’ll be doing this one David Letterman style. MaryBeth’s Top 10 Foods to Fill You Up 10. Potatoes. Baked. Fried. Roasted. Boiled. Red. White. Golden.…

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Best. Trip. Ever.

When you travel, what really makes the trip? Is it where you go or the people you are with? Or maybe, if you’re like me, the food you eat?

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The View from Here

Too many screens staring back at me. A Peace Lily struggling to survive in less-than-optimal conditions. An orchid that already gave up. Complete Omega supplements for brain health. The bottle is still mostly full.  Mark, William, and Edgar. Mark is scowling. Edgar is most likely drunk. Cables leading to headsets…

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