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The Winter House

“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey and enjoy every idle hour.” – John Boswell I am sitting at my desk, madly working against a quickly approaching deadline for a magazine article I’m writing on summer entertaining, when I suddenly stop and look out my frosty […]

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Reflections: Christmas Time is Here

The Christmas Spirit: “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” -Roy L. Smith I am one lucky girl. There are the very obvious heavy hitters – health, two wonderful families, being married to the best husband/friend/partner a girl could ask for. I am blessed with a job […]

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Reflections: Ice, Ice Baby

The always-reliable Farmer’s Almanac predicted that our winter this year would be relatively mild. Mild December? Check. Mild January? Pretty much. With just a few really cold days and a handful of snowy ones, considering the norm, we’ve been pretty lucky so far (knock on wood) in the ice department. Although we awoke to the […]

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Reflections: Resolutions

Reflections: “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” –Dale Carnegie I wasn’t sure I heard her right. “Her” being the middle-aged Botox Barbie standing in front of me in line at the […]

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Reflections: (Not So) Picture-Perfect

I don’t know what’s worse. Having too much time on your hands and being bored out of your gourd or not having enough hours in the day to catch up on all the stuff you’ve got going on. Considering our current insane multi-project (over) workload, I’m definitely going with the latter. Which kind of explains […]

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Reflections: The Right To Bear Arms

This is not a politically-motivated debate. It’s not even about whether it’s my personal prerogative to wear a sleeveless top (different spelling, I know). This is about me and my journey of self-empowerment over the shoulderless ones. And it involves a gun. Well, sort of. For those of you who have been following PPM a […]

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Reflections: What Not To Say To Your Wife When She’s…

…sitting in the chair at the day spa in mid-process of having her hair restored to its natural, vibrant color: Adam: Hey! You kinda look like Grandpa Munster. Me: [glare] Adam: Seriously, you have the whole vampire thing going on – you’ve got a widow’s peak from all that stuff plastered on. Me: [glare] Adam: […]

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Reflections: Changes

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about change. Change of season. Change of address. Lifestyle changes. Age-related changes. Life-altering changes. So many times, change is seen as a bad thing, a really super scary event that most people fear. Well, because we’re basically creatures of habit and we don’t especially like it when our boats […]

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Reflections: Venice

There’s a framed photo I have of my husband that I keep on the ledge that serves as a gallery of family portraits in the stairwell of our home. He’s wearing a crisp white shirt (that was before I ordered a moratorium on that color – a.k.a. unforgiving stain magnet) and has the most exquisite […]

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Reflections: Bailey

I might have a problem. I think I love this dog a little too much. Of course, I love all my girls equally but Bailey’s…well, Bailey’s just special. And fluffy. Really fluffy. “Can I please have another treat?” “I’m sorry. Did you say treat?” Somebody needs a haircut! The Napkin Thief. She spies one on […]