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CousiNs…

    Cousins…they sort of look like us. We have that gene thing going on. Maybe you have to squint your eyes a tiny bit to make it so—but a part of you is in their face, or a lot of you is in their walk. Maybe that’s why it’s so easy to think they…

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ChEeRS 2016!

ChEeRs! Here’s to squeaky newness and adieu to our 2015 journey! Maybe there was too much champagne last night, or maybe you were holed up with a cold, but it is a new year today—a promise of 365 days of an undiscovered trail to travel as you wish. If last year’s road was heavy, it…

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“Knowing”…MeRrY ChRisTmAs & HaPpY HoLiDaYs!

I woke up this morning “knowing”. I immediately felt a realized, warm hug deep within my heart—and I experienced the best Christmas gift I could ever imagine. I woke up “knowing” that my daughter was in the next room sleeping. Even though we were separated by a few walls, her presence swirled, flitted, and floated,…

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disappointment…

Joe flew back on Saturday instead of Tuesday. Done. Disappointment. It is one of those soft feelings—it’s not sharp, nor does it have hard corners like fear. But it is one of those vibes that lies in the background on the sofa. It’s not loud, but you still feel it. It hangs out there quietly. It…

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Joe & Roxy’s Thanksgiving Lyric

Joe’s headin’ to New Jersey, New Jersey he is bound. A “Shivion” Thanksgiving, With her family all around.   A hundred and twenty hours, The two shall be entwined. Getting to know each other, But will their affection bind?   The Jules will be a waiting, For the chronicled report. A crash & burn finale?…

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Rolling the Dice

The next morning Joe called. It’s always around 7 a.m.—7 a.m. my clock time. He is in New York City. I am trying to get ready for work and I have repeatedly told him that I can’t talk until after 8 a.m. I think he believes he will win some sort of “Joe” challenge if…

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Has Joe Lost His Mind?

Joe and I finally talk. “She’s all surface,” Joe says in a low voice. “You’re kidding…what happened?” I ask. I can feel his hurt. He continued, “We woke up Monday morning and she turned to me and said, ‘I look for three things in a man and you have two– you are handsome and smart.…

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Chicken & Rice…Joe’s Florida Rendez-vous

“Chicken and Rice.” says Joe. “What’s chicken and rice?” I ask. Joe replies, “I looked at the menu of where Shivion is taking me for dinner.” “One favor.” I interrupt. “I’m not lovin’ this Jewish name she gave herself, ‘Shiviton’.” —“It’s ‘Shivi-ON’.” he corrects me. “Right.” I say. “Anyway, can we loose that and just call…

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Serendipity?…the Fluky Chance

Serendipity: A fortunate happenstance, luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for. Connecting events creatively based on the perception of a significant link. As the definition states, it seems to happen when you are not searching for it. Example, you go to a shop to pick up…

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Brother McKenna!

Those two words I use to express deep exasperation. I think I made it up when my daughter was young and I didn’t want her baby ears to hear adult words of frustration. Anyway, I have used this phrase frequently in the past few days when chatting with one of my good-guy friends, who is…

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The World of “Next”

I have far too much material on the subject of dating–7 enlightening years. I will spare you all a gigantuous, blobby–blog, and instead, just know, there will be more to come. I diversified my dating pool–drawing from Match, E Harmony, Tinder, various match makers, and even speed dating to make my book factual. I dipped…

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HaRpeR

HaRpeR––my rescue DoG–—We adopted him 10 years ago when everything began to unravel. I rescued this furry guy––but he has been my rock the past 8 years–—always there–—always loving me––always wagging that tail—–especially if a treat or walk was involved. He has heard all my crap over and over and his love has never wavered.…

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The Heart Symbol

When I had first gone through my divorce, I so needed to feel that someone had my back.—-  I didn’t know anyone who had yet experienced divorce, or at least any of my close friends—-so I was the first, very green. The emotional roller coaster and figuring out so many parts of my new life;…

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