Monthly Archives: September 2011

FORK in the road

Women are largely intuitive creatures. There is a voice in the back of our heads that whispers guidance, whether we heed it or not. The cacophony of daily life often drowns it out; sometimes, it’s just easier to ignore it. … Continue reading

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FREEZE, brain

I was just beginning to decompress from an intense, six-week project when I learned yesterday of the sudden, tragic death of an old newsroom friend. Which came atop my daughter’s back injury after falling off a horse over the weekend, … Continue reading

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FRUGALITY rules

About 11 years ago, when my ex and I arrived in Vermont with only one income, I plunked down $20 on “The Tightwad Gazette,” a compilation of several years’ worth of newsletters from Mainer Amy Dacyczyn, who styled herself “The … Continue reading

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FOCAL points

Can people change? I’m not sure. I think we can change how we see the world, how we react to it – we learn; we grow. But I’m not sure that our basic character ever wavers. If anything, it’s possible … Continue reading

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FLYING fickle finger of fate

You can’t always get what you want But if you try sometimes well you just might find You get what you need. – The Rolling Stones Tuesday morning I posted here about the breadth of life passages I was scheduled … Continue reading

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FLASHING back

When terrorists crashed into the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, my 4-year-old daughter was in the living room glued to a kid show on TV. I was in the kitchen listening to talk radio as I did the last of the … Continue reading

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FAST-forward

Other people’s lives are flashing before my eyes this week. On the docket during a seven-day period: a double baby shower, bridal shower, memorial dedication, 5k race in honor of a friend’s disabled daughter, a bar mitzvah, a wedding and … Continue reading

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FENCE, picket

Labor Day is upon us and I’m taking a cue from Tom Sawyer this weekend. I can’t paint my fence, since it’s made of industrial plastic, so I’m going to wash it, instead. I know this last harbinger of summer … Continue reading

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FOCUS, shifting my

I got caught up in myself last week as a long awaited vacation became the trip from hell. I desperately needed a break I didn’t receive as one disaster after another befell our trek south. We hopped in the car toward our perfect, stress-free … Continue reading

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