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Category Archives: my life

Currently …

Currently . . . — Enjoying some in-home dinners with friends. — Getting some Christmas baking done (and I refuse to say “Holiday” or “Seasons” when I mean Christmas). — Listening to non-stop Christmas music. — Learning how to play more Christmas music on the piano (Silent Night, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Deck the […]

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Where words fail, music speaks

“Where words fail, music speaks.” — Hans Christian Anderson I love my time with the piano. “The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind” — Maria Cristina Mena Most of you are aware that I’ve been learning to play piano in my golden years. It’s number one […]

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as promised, knitting

Charlotte Eriksson was quoted saying, “… so this is for us. This is for us who sing, write, dance, act, study, run and love and this is for doing it even if no one will ever know because the beauty is in the act of doing it.” That can apply to anything we do or create, including knitting. My […]

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being touched deeply

I’ve been thinking about light, and love, and grief, and hope. I’ve been thinking about happiness, about silence, about music. “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To […]

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for sharing meals & conversation with good friends; a windy walk on the beach; sunshine in November; reconnecting with cousins.

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10 easy tips for seating guests at a dinner party

Are you reluctant to hold a dinner party, whether formal or very casual? Don’t be reluctant — here’s a few simple tips for seating guests that will help you as a host/hostess and will also have your guests feeling relaxed and welcome. I love dinner parties because it’s a great way to get to know […]

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