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Annie F. Downs Book Giveway … And the Winner Is

Congratulations to Rose, who won the copy of Annie F. Downs recent book, “Let’s All Be Brave!” Friends, have a wonderful weekend!

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“French Women Don’t Get Facelifts” And Neither Will I

French women don’t get facelifts and neither will I. Yes, I’m in my mid-50s and some of my “stuff” is starting to sag and bag. Mostly my skin:  on my neck, on the backs of my hands, and (Lord, why?) … Continue reading

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Ina Garten: I Met My Fave Cookbook Author!

Last week Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, came to Wayne, New Jersey, for a book signing. I saw the article in my local paper and immediately determine that no matter what, I’d be at the Wayne Stop and Shop and … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Books: Joseph F. Lamb, A Passion for Ragtime

Recently Carol Binkowski, a friend of mine, brought her latest book, Joseph F. Lamb, A Passion for Ragtime, to life at an evening event at the Montclair, NJ Historical Society. Using photographs and music, Carol painted a vivid picture of Lamb: … Continue reading

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Happiness Boot Camp: This Recruit Focused on a Relationship

When I signed on to participate in a happiness “Boot Camp,” Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, suggested (based on my answers to a questionnaire and an interview) that I focus on two resolutions and … Continue reading

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Happiness Boot Camp: This Recruit Focused on What’s Important

A few weeks ago I signed on to participate in a happiness “Boot Camp.” Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, devised a program for me and I agreed to share the results on an episode … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Life! Reading, Reception & Giveaway

On Tuesday I read my humorous essay, “The Perfect Pair of Sunglasses,” published in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Life! aloud to a group of more than 70 people at the Montclair Public Library (MPL) in Montclair, … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Life: 3 Writers, 3 Stories, 3 Readings — 1 Book

An essay I wrote was published in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Life.  And that’s a thrill! Many, many of my writer friends know how exciting it is to see their words in print, in a book. And … Continue reading

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Birds in My Backyard: Exciting Visitors!

The birdfeeder in my side yard gets a lot of visitors — birds, chipmunks and squirrels. I love to put out seed that attracts a variety of avian visitors; I never tire of leaning on my kitchen counter and staring … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Couples: I Am Too a Writer

Months ago, I submitted an essay, “The Perfect Pair of Sunglasses,” for possible inclusion in an upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul book. I wasn’t sure if I had what it took to get accepted as a writer since the … Continue reading

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