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Extra Low Calorie (but still yummy), easy-to-make birthday cake
Thursday, February 10, 2011      35 comments

This is a great recipe for any holiday celebration when a cake is required!! We got away from store-bought cakes long ago because of the saturated fat, lard, sugar, ... Read more
The payoff for working your butt off!!
Monday, July 19, 2010      31 comments

Y'all know that I'm not real good at blowing my own horn ... And, I must concede that, sometimes in life, tho, the Universe comes together - the sun, moon and stars shine brightly in unison at just the right moment; the seas part, Cassiopeia ca... Read more
I promise ... I really didn't go away!!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010      18 comments

Those who know me well, know that sometimes I must retreat and regroup .... It is good for the soul and strengthens the spirit. Over a year ago, I impetuously decided that I was going to finish school. I had paid the tuition and was on "... Read more
R.I.P. Hemingway
Sunday, July 19, 2009      16 comments

The following prayer to St. Francis is dedicated to all those whose life has been graced by the unconditional love & affection of a fur child; and especially Hemingway, an awesome cat who, with wanderlust in his heart, visited his world but alwa... Read more
The fragility and preciousness of life
Wednesday, January 28, 2009      22 comments

One of my dearest friends who adores Mallory and I asked me the ultimate question last night: "Can it really be that Mallory Ann is dying??" Stark black letters jux... Read more
An update ..
Tuesday, January 27, 2009      14 comments

AN UPDATE ... Gratefully, today Mallory is stabilized. This does not mean to say that she is out of the woods because realistically, she is not. She has CRF (chronic... Read more
Journal Entry: a day of gratitude and grace.
Monday, January 26, 2009      8 comments

Ten things that made a difference in my life today for which I am grateful: 1) The blessings of a loving husband and wonderful family (and unexpected gift of 2 do... Read more
How a 9 lb. cat continues to teach me to live life in the moment ...
Sunday, January 25, 2009      16 comments

How a 9 lb. cat continues to teach me to live life in the moment ... First of all, I freely admit that I was not always a cat lover. However, as a devout lov... Read more
Words hurt, too ...
Sunday, November 16, 2008      19 comments

We may not realize the power of each word, each utterance that so easily comes out of our mouths. In an effort to communicate with one another, we causally throw out a... Read more
Signed Sealed Delivered, I'm yours!!!
Sunday, November 09, 2008      12 comments

Regardless of one's politics, since Tuesday's election, there is hope and optimism in our country once again. For far too long, we have been holding our collective breath... Read more
Light a Candle in the darkness
Saturday, August 16, 2008      4 comments

This is a link to Dave's blog a beautiful tribute to Pat and also reminds us what this journey is really all about ... www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
al.asp?blog_id=1404820 ... Read more
Rest In Peace Patrick Collins 03/22/68 - 08/03/08
Saturday, August 16, 2008      20 comments

My little heart is broken ... and all my theological studies, academia and otherwise, be damned because for the life of me, in my humanity, and at this very moment, I cannot understand the death of this kind and loving human being whose gentle ... Read more
... A milestone of sorts ...
Sunday, April 20, 2008      16 comments

OK y'all!! I hear you (ahem, especially YOU, My Precious Erica (WESTSLOPERUNNER) !!!) ... It has been a while since I have blogged... and, with the visits of so many -- almost 20,000 to this little Spark page, it is a milestone that I di... Read more
Real Age vs. Biological age ... What YOU can do about it!!
Saturday, March 01, 2008      17 comments

So here's the thing: I'm always up for knocking a year or two off of my "biological age" --- the age that I really am -- which I 'fessed to long ago when I set up my SPark Page under the auspices that my birthday was available for public consum... Read more
Stand up and Be Counted .... Please.
Sunday, February 03, 2008      30 comments

What separates the person who is standing on the precipice ready to make “the ultimate commitment” -- who stands up to be counted vs. the person who chooses to lay in a fetal position in the corner of the bedroom begging the world to please go a... Read more

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