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First Kisses

My first kiss was in elementary school. We were playing boys chase girls at recess. When caught, the boy would kiss his catch. Sean chased me down the grassy hill. The girls around me laughed and screamed. He grabbed me by the back of my shirt. I pulled my long hair over my face as my foot slipped and I landed on the ground. His face touched the hair covering my forehead. Continue reading

First Kiss

kissWhen I was young and Dad would come home from his hard struggles of the day, Mom would always greet him with a special kiss and a warm hug.  Dad would often express his insecurities like “If I have another day like this, I’ll have to sell pencils and shoelaces on a street corner”. Mom would proceed to reassure him.  I watched this first kiss welcome night after night and I fantasized about the wonderful day when that first kiss would be mine with my special someone. Continue reading

Sweet First Kiss

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1st day of 1st & 6th grades

My very first kiss would have to be in 1st grade.  During recess, we would play tag with the girls catching the boys.  Once you caught the boy, you would have to kiss them.  Well – I decided to catch Eddy Wong 26 times in one recess because he was the slowest one in class. Continue reading

Memorable First Kiss?

kissWho remembers their first kiss? The one that I remember was rather odd.  It took place when I believe I was approximately seven or eight.  A bunch of my neighborhood friends were all hanging out in my front yard.  We were looking for something fun to do when someone suggested that we play a kissing game.  Well, it took a dare for one of the boys to kiss me.  I shall keep the name of this boy anonymous as he is still alive and might not appreciate having his identity exposed.   I  didn’t find this exactly exciting although I do remember it, so that must mean something.   

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But, there is a kiss that I will definitely remember.  This was memorable in its own way.  I was at a boy-girl party with a bunch of friends.  Actually, it was supposed to be an all-girl party as it was known to all the parents, but you get the picture, the guys were allowed and joined us coming through a basement window.  O.K., then we were partying, having a great time.  My boyfriend was there, who I would consider to be my first love.  It was suggested by my girlfriend who hosted the party that she and her boyfriend and my boyfriend and I see who could kiss the longest.  So, with the rest of the gang watching in anticipation, soft music playing in the background, the four of us proceeded on the couch kissing.  We were doing quite well I would say, until, you got it, my girlfriend’s parents walked in.  Wow, that ended the competition quite rapidly.  Talk about red faces.  Not to mention that boys weren’t even supposed to be at this party.  Another interesting teenage memory.

Now, when you think about kissing it is really kind of a strange thing if you really think about it.  Kind of like your eyebrows.  If you look at them long enough you might agree that they are kind of a strange thing to have.  Well, kissing can seem to be this way also.  

Sort of got off the track there, so, just exactly makes for a good kiss?  Some like soft, some like frisky, some like mushy, with beards, without beards,  Actually a soft meaningful rather dry kiss is to my liking.  Most of all I like it to be meaningful by someone that really likes you, not just some random act of affection.  You get the picture!!!

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New Year…a Commitment to Change

I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. As a teacher, I’ve always considered the school year the beginning and ending of life, with the summer as a buffer zone. 

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Starting the 1973-74 school year with high hopes

Every August, I would sit down and think about the ways I wanted the upcoming school year to go. I yearly focused on having one family meal each week, another year, I organized my dinner plans in a rotating schedule…Monday–pasta, Tuesday–tacos…I usually worked to organize my brain around making my home and family life sane. While working as a full-time teacher with three kids, life was full…busy…chaotic. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions or Not?

resolutionsMaking New Year’s Resolutions has never played an important part in my life.  I find that sometimes putting down words of actions to take can cause me to not take action. I would rather celebrate last year’s successes which are done and in the “can”. They were thought about, acted on, and completed. Continue reading

Cure for a New Year’s Resolution – Get a Dog

resolutionHow to keep your New Year’s Resolution:

My thought for my resolution was to get a dog.  My resolution was to walk.  I needed inspiration and a really good reason to get out there and get my buns moving.

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To Do or Not To Do (A New Years Resolution Story)

 

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Me – Then


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Me – Now

Every year I plan out New Years resolutions to follow and every year, like so many others, I fail to follow my plan after about 2 weeks.  I don’t know what it is or why that happens, but it’s like clockwork.  Continue reading

Sidetracked Legacies

Now that I’ve left teaching (and my kids are back at school (no more Covid shutdowns–I hope) I am in the process of reinventing my life. 

Specifically, I’m working on developing a new career plan…and that begins with strategic daily routines and new avenues to create and contribute. One new addition to my life is something called “Sidetracked Legacies”.

My morning starts with getting up, putting on my exercise clothes, and spending a few minutes with my kids before they head off to school. Then I head out for a “momma jog” with the pups, Stella and Evie. I use this time to listen to podcasts. The two that I regularly tap into lately are “The Life Coach School” by Brooke Castillo and “Don’t Keep Your Day Job” by Cathy Heller. These are timely and interesting since I’m on the road to becoming a certified life coach and launching my own podcasts…soon! They hit me right where I’m at. Continue reading

Midlife MasterClass–Trailer

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You will be able to tune into the podcast beginning January 2022.

I’m starting a podcast called “Midlife MasterClass”.

A couple of weeks ago I asked for help in choosing between two podcast covers. One cover was a bold graphic design and the other was more personal with a picture of me. The overwhelming choice was the more personal picture. Thank you to everyone who commented and messaged me with encouragement.

Now I’m on to phase 2…the trailer for my podcast. Continue reading

Gratitude or Appreciation? You get to choose..

gratitude or appreciationGratitude or appreciation…

When I was a little girl my parents taught me to always say “please” and “thank you” when appropriate. I can remember if I forgot, Mom would say “what do you say?” and the correct answer was ”thank you”.  When we learn these words, often the true meaning and importance is lost on us. As children, we don’t necessarily understand the emotion of appreciation that is supposed to be tied to the words. Now as adults, we still bypass the simple, daily act of thankfulness. But being grateful is a habit that will always serve us well throughout our lives. Always.  Continue reading

Are Grandparents Obsolete?

grandparentsWomen over fifty (and of course, men also), are all so excited with the prospect of being grandparents.  I go along with this as it gives us a second chance, or tries to make up for some of the mistakes that we made with our children.  Most of us were probably young and did the best we thought we could, but as our children will most often advise us we often screwed up at some point.

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