Category Archives: Dealing with stress

ODDBALLS’ HALL

My sister had a quirky friend who was trying to describe where something was in a nearby town. It was next to the “Oddfellows’ Hall” but she didn’t really know about them and said that the place was “next to … Continue reading

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Looking Back

    THIS WEEK:  At some point in your past, was there a year – or a significant period of time – that you consider your “favorite” time (or, at least, one of your favorites)? What was going on? I put … Continue reading

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Stronger Than Dirt

“What are some challenges you’ve encountered that you were unsure you could handle but then surprised yourself?” Where do I start??? It seems that every time I have thought, “I don’t know how that person did that/does that, I could … Continue reading

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I Can Do This!

The past two years have been challenging for most of us in several ways. Some challenges were temporary, and others seem to be permanent. Some have caused hardships, but others made us stronger. I posed this question to my fellow … Continue reading

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Up My Alleyn

(I wrote a view and it was good, but I when I cut, it did not paste, so now I must do this work in haste.) If you log into YouTube, they make many suggestions based on your watch history. … Continue reading

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Sapped

This week:How has the ongoing pandemic affected your creativity? My writing creativity has been a casualty of the pandemic. As many people, I really thought that having to stay home would make writing easier, but no. I have been bogged-down … Continue reading

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No Place to Go? No Problem.

Our Tuesday Fox supplied this week’s topic when she asked, “How has the ongoing pandemic affected your creativity?” The beginning of the shutdown was great for my creativity outlets other than music and writing. If you’ve known me for a … Continue reading

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“God Bless You”

With all the problems that are going on in the world and in my family, I thought that I would share a story that happened over forty years ago, one which my sister and I laughed about again just last … Continue reading

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Song Sung Blue

Our resident hound asked, “What color best describes you? Why that color?”   I’ve always been drawn to the color blue. The particular shade of blue that I choose as my favorite depends on the time of day, my mood, and … Continue reading

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The Man/Woman/Kids Who Came to Dinner

I posed this question:If there was a weather-related reason that you had unexpected guests stranded at your house, how would you keep them entertained? What would you do if the electricity was also down? I was delighted to see how … Continue reading

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