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Roman Redemption
Thursday, January 10, 2013      17 comments

In my previous blog I wrote about how my trip to Scotland became very much a trip about dining and puddings and how much food I could try. About ten months later we went ... Read more
Blame it on Scotland!
Tuesday, January 08, 2013      24 comments

18 months ago today, the 8th of July, 2011, I returned home from three beautiful weeks in Scotland. My legs were swollen and I could barely breathe. I was inclined to b... Read more
2013 Spark People Eclectic Readers
Monday, January 07, 2013      26 comments

www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
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gid=58993 I have started a Spark Group! I was looking for a group that was not a book clu... Read more
40 years!
Sunday, January 06, 2013      29 comments

We were young but had no idea that we were young. None at all; in fact, I think we entertained the delusion that we were cosmopolitan sophisticates. Except that we had no mone... Read more
REVIEW: The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat!
Wednesday, January 02, 2013      26 comments

I've decided to spend some time reading various popular diet books and food programs. I'm partly in a quest for something that works for me and also I want to be better informed. I've got some ideas of my own that are already fairly gelled: n... Read more
New Year Resolve
Tuesday, January 01, 2013      10 comments

New Year Resolve by May Sarton The time has come To stop allowing the clutter To clutter my mind Like dirty snow, Shove it off and find Clear time, clear water. Time for a change, Let silence in like a cat Who has sa... Read more
Woody Guthrie's New Year's Resolutions: 1942
Monday, December 31, 2012      12 comments

NEW YEAR'S RULIN'S 1. WORK MORE AND BETTER 2. WORK BY A SCHEDULE 3. WASH TEETH IF ANY 4. SHAVE 5. TAKE BATH 6. EAT GOOD - FRUIT - VEGETABLES - MILK 7. DRINK VERY SCANT IF ANY 8. WRITE A SONG A DAY 9. WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES - LOO... Read more
The Dukan Diet
Sunday, December 30, 2012      16 comments

I've been shopping around for a diet. I read the book "The Dukan Diet" by Dr. Pierre Dukan. I was utterly enchanted by his writing style. His somewhat stilted Gallicisms are adorable and I love being addressed as "Dear Reader". Some ... Read more
The 17 Day Diet--my impressions
Friday, December 28, 2012      16 comments

My New Year's resolution is to adhere to a diet for at least a while. I have had 5 months of a vegetarian diet and it's been difficult because even a smallish portion of pasta, potatoes, rice, beans, bread and other mainstays of the diet spin m... Read more
My Cross-Cultural Grandson
Thursday, December 27, 2012      19 comments

Here is Noda above in his Korean ceremonial first-birthday outfit. I think he looks rather dashing and I like the touch of the carrot to his right. ... Read more
Noel by Linda Pastan
Tuesday, December 25, 2012      7 comments

Noel by Linda Pastan Like a single ornament, the red cardinal on a pine outside the window is our only decoration, until the snow. ********** I love poetry; most poems tell stories by evoking images... Read more
Inbred Cat
Monday, December 24, 2012      15 comments

This picture made me laugh! It is not my cat. I received the picture from a non-Spark friend, and I just had to pass it on.... Read more
Three Cheers for Noda!
Sunday, December 23, 2012      14 comments

I am an admitted and self-professed crank and curmudgeon. Eternally pessimistic and depressed, I see danger where others see possibility and I see dismal failure where others might see a tiny dip in the surface. But there's something about bei... Read more
The season of excess
Monday, December 17, 2012      16 comments

I am trying to have a season of unexcess. It's true that I've purchased and plan to endow excessive gifts on my grandson but he will only just turn one on 12/21/12 so excess will not mean much to him. Being a baby is all about trying to push ... Read more
Blood Numbers
Tuesday, December 11, 2012      9 comments

Nov. 28, 2012: (fasting) Trig: 169 HDL: 37 LDL: 66 Total Chol: 137 A1C: 6.1 Chol/HDL ratio: 3.7 Non-HDL Chol: 100 June 7, 2012: (non-fasting) Trig: 232 HDL: 42 LDL: 76 Total Chol: 164 A1C: 6.2 Nove... Read more

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