The Amazing Jackie Brown

She Will Make A Runner Out Of You! If you live in Pensacola and spend any time outside, particularly if you run, you will have probably come across Jackie Brown. She tells me as long as the sun is up, she is usually up and out. What I didn’t know was that she didn’t run […]

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Tomorrow Never Comes

I am very grateful for my Mum, she always used to say that she only had an elementary education and yet I am reminded daily of lessons I learned from her. She was part of a big Italian family living in England with lots of fascinating and sometimes crazy stories of their experiences growing up […]

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How To Be Happy

If found following these 21 steps made me much happier. Be nice to everyone, from the person who delivers your mail to the people who you disagree with. Forgive yourself, you are human not a robot, you are not perfect and  you will make mistakes. Smile at people and talk to strangers, it’s hard at […]

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My Tacky Valentine

I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day as defined by the consumerist world we live in.  Cheap chocolates in heart-shaped boxes, (he only did that once) and overpriced flowers that don’t last. A poor excuse for bad relationships to drag on for just a bit longer, you can’t dump someone just before the most romantic […]

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Why Texting Is Bad For Relationships

Last year a group of friends and I did the annual St. Patrick’s Day Run in Pensacola. It’s a crazy party masquerading as a race with over 15,000 participants. As we lined up to run my friend Jessica was struggling to contact some of our other friends that we had planned to meet. The huge […]

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My Year Without Alcohol

Just over a year ago I was listening to a podcast about how to be a successful entrepreneur. When asked a question about his success, the interviewee said that his one piece of advice was that drinking alcohol was a distraction and so he didn’t drink. This planted a seed and put me on the […]

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Hope You 'Get To' Have a Merry Christmas

Yesterday my friends and I were chatting about  people who are hard to buy gifts for. We realized that worrying about what to buy people who don’t want or need anything is a pretty crazy first world problem It got me thinking about things that we feel that we ‘have’ to do rather than what […]

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Relationships Are In The Details

My husband Al doesn’t  know how to stack a dishwasher, or rather he doesn’t know how to stack one efficiently so that everything gets clean, you know? the way I do it.  My stepson Jarvis and I also joke that  we wonder if he really lives here, because when he is responsible for emptying it, […]

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Strangers In Paradise

There are some really cool things popping up around town. I had noticed the bench you see in the picture and wondered what the deal was, people seemed to be doing more than just sitting on it. Today I checked it out and learned that it is part of a festival and is a musical […]

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Bargains, Clutter & Poverty Mentality

I used to love buying stuff, wherever there was a chance of a bargain or even better, free I would be lining up. Now I can’t get rid of it fast enough. My upbringing led me to find bargains irresistible, now I have become an anti-hoarder. If it’s not nailed down at our house, there […]

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