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Apr.11.2014
Last Sunday a New York Times article reiterated that Type I diabetes is not merely a health care issue it is big business for the pharmaceuticals and physicians.  I know this on a personal level as I have lived  with Type I diabetes since the age of five.  It (chronic illness—just...
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Mar.27.2014
In today’s modern manic pace of life, time is a commodity; spending moments in quiet meditation is still considered frivolous by many.  Productivity is measured in quantity every second accountable—how much did you do today? How efficient were you?  Efficiency analogous with barreling...
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Mar.20.2014
The Great James P (AKA my Dad) Today is my father’s birthday and I can’t seem to stop strolling down scenes that are etched deep into my memory.   I won’t dare mention his age as he has chosen a philosophy where age is malleable and as my numbers crept along I became a diligent devotee....
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Mar.06.2014
      Remember the infamous tale of the little girl skipping with her basket to Grandmother’s and is lured by the conniving wolf? (Why is it always a “little girl” that is bamboozled)?  Replace the wolf with for profit colleges and Little Red with students.  Although that...
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Feb.21.2014
George (Clooney) please stay behind the camera I beg of you—has no one told you that you can’t act? You seem like a nice person—but stick to smiling and sipping wine in Bellagio.  John Goodman, be happy you have residual income—that goes for you as well Bill (Murray)—play golf and continue...
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Feb.16.2014
Strike up Conversation   Having just moved to a new area, my husband and I have been exploring.  Last Thursday, we left the house cell phone-less in search of sushi.  We discovered a little hole in the wall close to home.  The place was packed—a decent  indicator that the...
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Feb.06.2014
         All of us have those moments in life when our artistic momentum is derailed by a planned or unplanned circumstance; a move, a death, an illness, a new relationship, a new baby, etc. Historically I would be tossed into a tail spin-- panic stricken that I’d sink...
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Jan.19.2014
    Since the age of five, I have indulged in make-believe; wrapping towels around my head transforming myself into a queen or a maiden or Rapunzel dangling from a castle window. Sheets transmuted into  exotic robes or forts or tents that you could only enter after reciting a secret...
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Dec.19.2013
   This past week a bit of magic floated by and landed on a simple egg shaped shaker.  Let me explain.  I had organized a Christmas caroling event at several senior centers where I live.  It had been a while since I fa la la’d with a group but I was desperate. ...
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Dec.19.2013
  This past week a bit of magic floated by and landed on a simple egg shaped shaker.  Let me explain.  I had organized a Christmas caroling event at several senior centers where I live.  It had been a while since I fa la la’d with a group but I was desperate.  Desperate to...
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Dec.03.2013
  It is rare you find a book that is truly unbiased, based on historical research, compelling and reads like a fiction novel.  Acclaimed author, journalist, documentarian, Sandy Tolan accomplishes this feat with the engaging novel, The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the...
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Dec.01.2013
  I am all for progress that facilitates growth while remembering the past.  But after glancing at news the day after Thanksgiving hope for time honored traditions seemed bleak.  Bleary eyed shoppers clamoring at steel bars demanding the stores open reminded me of starvation victims...
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Dec.01.2013
  I am all for progress that facilitates growth while remembering the past.  But after glancing at news the day after Thanksgiving hope for time honored traditions seemed bleak.  Bleary eyed shoppers clamoring at steel bars demanding the stores open reminded me of starvation victims...
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Nov.20.2013
  Here in Northern California we pray, dance, and chant for rain, especially when there is a tiresome string of one sunny day after another—aka a drought.  The past few days the rain gods have graced us with showers and the folks here in Norcal are temporarily contented. Rain is both...
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Nov.15.2013
  Last week I landed at JFK airport anticipating the hubbub of New York.  There is a historical lure that draws me to this city.  I imagine the masses that came here in hopes of a better life.  I imagine the young actors and dancers that elbowed their way to auditions curling up...
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