Friday Musings: Furiously Kind and Relentlessly Gentle

Friday Musings: Furiously Kind and Relentlessly Gentle

I was having a talk with my little granddaughter the other day about effective communication. Keep in mind that this child is not even 3 months old, but she has such a forceful way of expressing herself that I thought it was time to have this conversation. She was in the bathtub, which is usually her happy place, but at that moment she happened to be fussing and fretting over nothing. “Nora, Nora,” I said, “that will get you nowhere. You need to articulate your feelings if you expect people to get you.

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Celestial Cocktail #1: Go Swiftly

Celestial Cocktail #1: Go Swiftly

I’m very excited to bring you a new cocktail series today that centers around the planets in the solar system. We’ll begin with Mercury, which is a perfect place to start since it just came out of retrograde yesterday and made our lives much easier. I’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s begin with some of things we all know. Mercury is the innermost planet, or the one that’s closest to the sun, and it’s also the smallest. In relative terms of size, if the sun were a 6-foot circle, the Earth would be the size of a

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Monday Classics: Harvey Coastbanger

Monday Classics: Harvey Coastbanger

My brother and sister-in-law live in Houston, Texas. Needless to say, I checked in with them a number of times last week while Hurricane Harvey was dumping a record amount of rainfall on their city. I’m happy to report that they were fortunate enough not to sustain any damage, but that’s certainly not the case for so many other people who live in the area. At one point my sister-in-law told me that I should make a drink that was a rendition of the Harvey Wallbanger for my next Monday Classics

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Friday Musings: Sharpen Your Pencils

Friday Musings: Sharpen Your Pencils

Every year at this time I get the urge to buy school supplies. New pencils, impeccably sharpened, looseleaf paper, completely smooth, and a pencil case. I have a real thing for pencil cases. And then I remember that I’m not going back to school. In fact, this year I don’t even have children who are going back to school, not as students anyway. My youngest has graduated from college, and is now a teacher just like the others, and so that brings an official end to school years for me. I should be happy

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Summer Thoughts Cocktail # 6: The Salty Crab

Summer Thoughts Cocktail # 6: The Salty Crab

The house I grew up in was a Cape Cod with 2 bedrooms downstairs and an upstairs that had been converted into a kind of apartment. We never really had a tenant that lived there. It was mostly for family members that would come and stay if they needed to. What’s funny is that I always thought that upstairs had a ghost when I was young, and my children ended up getting the same vibe whenever they were at my parents’ house. But I digress; I’ll get back to today’s story. Since my

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