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A Lesson In Humility And Halo Pin Care

Posted: 5 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 2 minutes, 31 seconds
Want to know something that really annoys me? Bloggers who disappear with no hug goodbye, see you in the funny papers or explanation of why he or she went silent. I mean, I thought we were friends, I signed up for your newsletter, laughed at your jokes and even tried that high calorie dessert that you said was fabulous and then puff, you were gone. My attitude toward that blogger...
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Facebook: Do You Know Rule #11?

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 3 minutes, 17 seconds
{Town Center in Peekskill, NY}In our family we have a set of rules and rule #11 is "Don't write anything down that you don't want printed on the front page of the New York Times". All my business and personal letters have been judged by this criteria and it has served me well. My sister and I have had many "I can't believe they wrote that down in...
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Nursing Homes: A Blessing or a Curse?

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 3 minutes, 10 seconds
{Rock Stacks in Maine}How do you respond when asked if the glass is half empty or half full? The answer to this question is a popular culture personality test. If you respond by declaring it to be half full then you're an optimist and if you say half empty you're a pessimist. Of course with most tests in life, I make them more complicated than o...
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Mothers, Memories and Food: Savoring The Past

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 2 minutes, 31 seconds
{Mom's Coconut Pound Cake}A coveted belonging of my mother's was her recipe box. During the last years of her life, my mom misplaced it and we thought it was gone forever. My sister and I were delighted to find it when we were cleaning out the garage...why it was there, neither one of us could figure out but we were pleased to have the treasure tr...
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Once Your Parents Are Gone: Time To Heal

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 2 minutes, 15 seconds
Off and on for the last two months, I have had periods of sadness. Nothing as serious as depression or melancholy just a bit of sadness. I recognize that my feelings are tied to the death of my mother last June and truthfully that surprises me. The last year of her life and the months after her death were difficult. Doctors, hospitals, hospice, funeral planning, lawyers, distribution of my parent...
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How Do You Give Comfort and Peace to a Friend in Pain?

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 2 minutes, 47 seconds
I am still enjoying the warm glow of time with my family and friends during Christmas and New Year's. It was a special time. Though I do keep coming back to conversations I had with friends and acquaintances on Christmas and New Year's Day. Each conversation started the same, we talked of the holidays, of the past year, and of kids or grandkids but eventually, we came to what w...
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The Art of Balancing The Kids, Ex-Spouses and the Holidays

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 2 minutes, 1 second
Our community has had multiple major thunderstorms this fall. Trees including one in my yard have come down as a result of the high winds that whipped through the neighborhood. One large oak in front of the local nursing home snapped in half, leaving a large exposed trunk. I was sad to see the shade tree go and mentally calculated the cost of removing such a large tree. Fortunate...
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