Life Management

The Games We Play

Posted: 6 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 12 seconds
Good food and good company are standard fare at Thanksgiving but how about good conversation and fun. I'm not talking about the quick comments made during half time or as the family takes a minute to stroll around the block after each football game. I'm talking about making eye contact and laughing out loud. There are many board games and puzzles that can entertain for hours but ho...
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Food & Drink

Ode To Turkey Soup

Posted: 6 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Food & Drink | Read Time: 2 minutes, 33 seconds
Next Thursday is a blue ribbon food event in the United States. Families and friends will gather to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner; a meal where all cooks who love preparing food will channel his or her favorite chef, recreate mom's signature dish or embark on creating a culinary journey of their own. Beginning this weekend, culinary craftsmen will be shopping, chopping, mixing, stirri...
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Life Management

Being In Control And Other Illusions

Posted: 6 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 30 seconds
Colorfully whimsical are the words that come to mind each time I look up from my computer to see the print by Brian Andreas hanging on my wall. I like to think that I am one who goes as the wind goes without a care in the world. But under the harsh stare from the woman in the mirror, I know this to be an illusion. I like order. It's satisfying to be in con...
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Family & Relationships

A Lesson In Humility And Halo Pin Care

Posted: 6 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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Food & Drink

Peaches, Summer Rain And Time Travel

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Food & Drink | Read Time: 2 minutes, 15 seconds
Time travel is possible. I can attest to that reality because each time I smell newly mown grass or fresh peaches, I am transported back in time. I am delivered to a place and time when thunderstorms were a daily "happening" and summer vacation lasted so long that returning to school was welcomed with anticipation and a new pair of shoes. The challenge with time travel triggered b...
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Life Management

How To Avoid Becoming A Bitter Old Woman Or Man

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 3 minutes, 4 seconds
Growing up I remember clearly my mother saying, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". That maxim along with her belief that you don't talk politics or religion at the dinner table was the core of her life philosophy. My mother was a nice person who was gracious and kind to all her friends but she was not open to sharing much about herself with others. Her p...
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Life Management

It's Summer So It Must Be Jacksonville

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 4 minutes, 43 seconds
[Sunday morning rain showers]The count down is on and today is the last Thursday my grandchildren will attend classes for this school year. I headed south to be part of the moving up ceremonies for the preschoolers and 5th graders. To be part of the waning days of school uniforms and homework as they give way to sleeping in, water shirts and su...
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