How To Kick Start A Successful Blog

Monday ♦ As inspiration for starting this blog, a friend in marketing recommended I watch the movie, Julie & Julia. (Yes, I know. It’s 2015 and this is the first time I’ve seen the movie. Better late than never, right?) It’s about a woman (Julie Powell) who (like me) wanted to open up new writing opportunities in her life. One of the points my friend was trying to make, something that Julie Powell also espoused in the movie, was that in order to create a successful blog, one should focus on one topic…like the challenge of cooking one’s way through all 500 plus recipes in Julia Child’s iconic cookbook in a

Brrr…Please Make My Teeth Stop Chattering!

Friday • It snowed yesterday. I know it’s pretty and everything, but, you know, if I was meant to live in freakin’ cold weather and enjoy pretty winter scenery, I would have been born north of the D/FW area. But I wasn’t. And I haven’t moved to cooler climes either. Know why? Because I’d rather deal with one hundred plus degree weather any time over this wind-chill-in-the-single-digits nonsense. That’s why.

It Will Be A Hearty Plant

I’ll need to get her a plant to take care of because…nothing says you’re out there and living on your own like taking care of a plant. It will be a hearty plant, one that can thrive on neglect if need be. I bet my daughter will pick out a really good name for it. When I see her, I’ll be able to ask her how her plant, what’s-it’s-face is doing. It will give us something to talk about.

Just Call Me Gypsy Rose

Monday ♦ I am back to pretend blogging again because this whole blog thing has been utterly confusing, disappointing and slightly disturbing. When my brother Richard and his wife Kim came to town in late March, Kim fearlessly helped me set up a blog site on WordPress. I was so glad because like I’ve said before, I needed someone to hold my hand through the process. And by that I mean, I needed someone else to sit down and physically set it up for me while I watched and provided key information like − passwords. Kim and I were drinking chilled white wine at the time and we set up the blog site while we were a wee bit tipsy. In hindsight, this was probably not the best idea.

September 11, 2001 Rememberance

Tuesday ♦ If you were alive and aware on this day in 2001, you know exactly what you were doing − that’s how our minds work. We remember where we were − our space in time in a larger space in time − whenever we live through life-altering events. When John F. Kennedy was shot, it was the same thing. People who were old enough to understand what happened, also remember where they were whenever they recall that moment. I wasn’t alive then.

On September 11, 2001, my day was spent mostly staring at the television in shock. But even before the event, I remember going to the grocery store super early around 5:00 a.m. and getting groceries and buying fresh flowers. I remember getting the kids off to school on what I thought was a perfectly normal morning. It was going to be a busy day and I wanted to get ahead of it before

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