Celebrating A First Birthday Or Mom And Dad Surviving The First Year?

June 5, 2014

I have a 9 month old daughter who will be turning one in August. I really want to throw her a huge first birthday party, but not one of those “everyone sit around and stare at the baby” 1st birthday parties.  Instead I want throw a barbecue for all of our friends and family where […]

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Those Are My Parking Spaces!

June 4, 2014

This just happened tonight, and thinking back on it I am not sure if we were the rude ones in this story. The back story is that my mom has recently moved to a townhouse in a gated community on a golf course. Across the street from her house is a green space with open […]

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Running With The Herd Isn’t Worth It

June 3, 2014

This happened to me back when I was in high school. I was waiting for the school bus one morning, and it was raining. Getting on the bus was always a pain in the neck, because everyone tried to get on first. It was only worse when it was raining. On this particular day, I […]

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Food Police (Or How To Be A Quick Thinking Host)

June 2, 2014

The recent post about “food police” at a barbecue reminds me of an event I attended.  A couple, “Ann” and “Brad” who grew up with my boyfriend, invited us to a pot luck dinner party. I’m usually fine with potlucks as I have a few crowd-pleasing recipes.  Ann and Brad, however, sent all of the […]

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Feel Good Friday – Duet With Peter

May 30, 2014

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Acknowledgement of a Thank You Note

May 29, 2014

My adult son and his two daughters and myself recently visited with my son’s father, and his third wife (I’m the first wife) at their summer home. We were there for 5 days and enjoyed ourselves immensely and were welcomed and made to feel appreciated. We ate their food, used their linens and used the amenities […]

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When Personal Hospitality Morphs Into A Business Arrangement

May 28, 2014

My husband and I received this invitation by Evite yesterday. I think it is rude and will not be attending. My husband wants to go to the pool party/ bonfire that night and skip the dinner so we do not have to pay. The people hosting used to be good friends but we have grown […]

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Butchered For Lack of a Tip

May 27, 2014

I thought of this story when I read a piece about tipping, and this one still tweaks a bit with shame, even though it’s been well over 25 years since it happened. I was probably 16 or 17, I can’t recall exactly, and I had made it a habit at some point to get my […]

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