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Day 3: Meddy's Meme
Monday, January 03, 2011      9 comments

I copied this from Meddypeddy's blog. It's one of the more involved memes I've seen. 1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year? Sightseeing trip to Kent. 2. What was the single most challenging thing that ha... Read more
Day 2: 'A' is for ATTITUDE!
Sunday, January 02, 2011      14 comments

"I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say... Read more
Carpe Annum!
Saturday, January 01, 2011      20 comments

'Everyone should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more,... Read more
Christmas 1960
Thursday, December 23, 2010      26 comments

Christmas 1960 I grew up in a farming community in what was then a fairly rural area of Maryland. I don't remember that any of the kids I went to school with were from 'well-off' families. Oh, I suppose some of the farms were bigger and mor... Read more
Payback Time
Wednesday, December 22, 2010      20 comments

Confession: I am NOT emotionally demonstrative - my friends all know me as the non-hugger, because I'm not a touchy-feely kind of person. My family loves to tease me about how easily they can make me blush (still! at my age!) with the 'mushy stu... Read more
Sunday, December 19, 2010      19 comments

Somebody - maybe more than one somebody - nominated me as a 'Spark People Motivator.' All I can say is, Thank You. It is a really nice acknowledgement and makes me feel my contributions here help my fellow Sparklers and perhaps make a difference... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts A Year in the Life...
Thursday, December 09, 2010      39 comments

Today is a milestone for me. I originally joined SparkPeople on February 21, 2008. I tinkered with it, toyed with it, checked in from time to time. And eventually days, then whole weeks, would pass from one log-in to the next, until I wasn'... Read more
Armistice Day, Part 2
Sunday, November 14, 2010      13 comments

Exactly seventy years ago today, in the Second World War, the city of Coventry was nearly obliterated in one of the worst air raids in England. During a night of intensive assault, wave after wave of enemy planes dropped tons of incendiary bombs... Read more
92 Years Ago...
Thursday, November 11, 2010      20 comments

'In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row...' Today is Armistice Day, commemorating the end of The Great War with the signing of the Tre... Read more
The Power of Positive Thinking?
Monday, September 13, 2010      26 comments

Ask yourself: Can it be done? The answer, in nearly all cases, is yes. Can I - me, myself, I - can EYE do it? Only you can answer that question.... Read more
A to Z for Clara
Thursday, August 12, 2010      19 comments

A - Age: 57. So far. B - Bed size: I think it's a queen-size, but in the UK, they call it 'king.' C - Chore you hate: gee, it's so hard to pick just one... D - Dog's name: no dogs. No cats. No pets. ... Read more
Has this happened - UPDATE
Friday, July 30, 2010      23 comments

Okey-dokey, first: a huge THANK YOU to all of you who responded. Even if you hadn't had any of these experiences, you were all so supportive and encouraging that it really helped. Second: as most of you said, the important thing was to see ... Read more
Has this happened to YOU?
Saturday, July 24, 2010      28 comments

Thanx to everyone for responding to this blog. I'm removing it only because I don't think it's fair to have people read it and reply now that I've made some choices. Depending where things go (and I WILL try to be patient and give it time!) I wi... Read more
On the Road to Tutbury, Part II
Wednesday, July 21, 2010      15 comments

Now, Tutbury was an unexpected find. while we knew that between about 1770 and 1850 several ancestors had lived in or near Tutbury, we'd certainly never been there and didn't know what the town would be like. More of a village, really, but it se... Read more
On the Road to Tutbury, Part I
Wednesday, July 21, 2010      11 comments

Now that we're retired - sounds as though it should be the title of a children's book - we do more short trips and gallivanting than we did formerly. Last week we decided to combine a couple different purposes into one trip. ToBeFitNotFat -... Read more

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