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The love in the air is thicker than the smoke
Friday, October 13, 2017      7 comments

Everyone here knows people who have lost their homes, or have themselves lost their homes. Everyone knows people who have lost pets, cars, memories, musical instruments. Some of us know people who died. The air is poisonous, as it... Read more
Picture of my progress -- take two
Monday, July 31, 2017      10 comments

Spark Coach has again given me the task of making a visual representation of how much weight I have lost so far. Last time, there wasn't so much in... Read more
See, whatcha otter do. . . .
Thursday, June 29, 2017      7 comments

I bought a kayak last year. I live near a beautiful river and I love to kayak, so it made sense. Besides, the road to my house floods in the winter a couple of days a year and it doesn't hurt to have a way to get out. It turns out that g... Read more
Dad joke for the win!
Sunday, June 18, 2017      3 comments

My father and I have a very good relationship, built on mutual respect, curiosity, fondness for wordplay and, most of all, love and laughter. He has everything he could possibly want. I haven't bought him father's day gifts in . . . a dec... Read more
I ain't that lonely yet
Sunday, June 11, 2017      6 comments

I heard a song on the radio today -- "I'm lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet." Since the divorce, I have thought about dating and there are a couple of blog posts here about it. I'm not having much luck because, like it or not, most men a... Read more
You'll see it's all a show -- keep them laughing when you go!
Sunday, May 21, 2017      6 comments

I had a big audition yesterday. I flubbed the singing, though there was enough there for me to show I can carry a tune and be heard at the back of an auditorium. Meh. I am under no illusions that I am a great singer, just a competent one. ... Read more
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!
Friday, January 20, 2017      9 comments

I took this yesterday on my way home from volunteering at the school library. I caught a lovely little rainbow, didn't I?... Read more
How did I do on my holiday strategy?
Saturday, January 07, 2017      7 comments

ONEKIDSMOM summed it up pretty well: "Balance and planning. I do better with a plan than without one, even if I don't follow it exactly!" I didn't follow my plan exactly, but I did better than I would have done without a plan. I didn'... Read more
You can save lives, please!
Thursday, November 17, 2016      5 comments

A dear friend of mine has her birthday tomorrow. It is a MIRACLE because not long ago she went through a lung transplant that saved her life. In her honor and in honor of all the other people who have been and will be saved through the gen... Read more
Strategies for the holidays
Tuesday, November 01, 2016      9 comments

This is how I plan to avoid weight gain this season and, with diligence, actually lose weight. 1) Plan now. NOW. When I go to a gathering is too late. 2) Eat well and track on days when I am not going to a gathering. Don't buy ... Read more
How not to eat Halloween candy (for me, at any rate)
Monday, October 31, 2016      13 comments

When I was living in other countries, there were usually some neighborhoods in the city where the US people were concentrated. It did not take long, I expect, for the locals in those countries to learn that their kids could get free candy by go... Read more
Just say, "Yes! And. . . "
Wednesday, October 26, 2016      10 comments

We had another fantastic show on Sunday. I love improv. It is having a great effect on several aspects of my life. Here are some of the benefits I've already seen: ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Not carrying THAT any more!
Monday, October 24, 2016      119 comments

My SP coach challenge for today is to translate the weight I have lost into other things to show how far I have already come. Here is about twenty pounds of barbell, cheese, peanut butter, butter, and honey: (two eight-pound barbells) ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Not another false start. At last!
Monday, October 17, 2016      51 comments

Background: I lost 50-60 pounds when I lived in Ecuador. I retired, divorced, kids left for college, moved house in 2013. I ate. I gained back more than I had lost and yes, that's a very short period to have gained so much. As usual, ... Read more
Time for a new doctor.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016      10 comments

I have had wonderful NPs and doctors for most of my career. Even living overseas, I felt that I was in good hands. I retired, came here, found a doctor in my insurance network and was ready to work with her as I had with my previous health car... Read more

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