Time To Open Presents

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Santa had barely made it up the chimney before my brothers and I would tiptoe down the stairs. “Behold the magic” isn’t too silly a phrase to describe the way we viewed the scene. The lights glowed on a jumble of pretty packages. [ Read More ]

Let Skating Boys Lie

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Let it be known that I am neither sportsman nor outdoorsman. When it comes to winter pastimes, I have never in my life skied, snow-boarded or snow-shoed, and even after the events shortly following Christmas 2013, I maintain that I have never ice skated. [ Read More ]

A Christmas Present In Thailand

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When I first arrived in Thailand years ago, I promised myself I wouldn’t get locked into a relationship, for many reasons. But I ended up in a serious relationship with a woman named Cake – yes, the kind that sits in a dessert case. [ Read More ]

A Snow Bunny For Valentine’s Day

Bunny With Heart Ears

February 22, 2014– Dear Secret Diary, I saw this snow bunny with heart ears on Valentine’s Day weekend in Central Park.  Some folks are just so schmaltzy… But, I guess I’m one of them because the bunny gave me a chuckle and such a warm and fuzzy. [ Read More ]

Holiday Shopping: Some Rules For The Road

Here we are again! It’s that time of year for credit cards and fruitcakes and bright and shiny lights! No one is excluded and all checkbooks are welcome everywhere! If you are wondering what to buy for whom, read on for a little holiday advice. It won’t help at all, but maybe you will have … [ Read More ]

Elf On The Shelf [PODCAST]

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On Christmas Day, Mary Ann helps an elf in peril! [ Read More ]

Little Shy Felipe

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Driving a school bus in a growing community presents some unique opportunities, especially when one of your routes involves an ethnically diverse mix of four and five-year olds. When the school year begins, many of these kids don’t speak any English. [ Read More ]

It’s Valentine’s Day: Where Are The Women?

the thought doesn't count

February 15, 2014– Well into the evening yesterday (Valentine’s Day), I entered a small florist and found myself in line behind six or seven male customers…and no women.  That’s right; not one women in the shop (other than employees)! [ Read More ]

A Christmas Surprise

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I have always gotten endless joy out of all the arts and crafts my kids have brought home from school. A particularly special day was when my son, Zachary brought home something wrapped carefully in newspaper. It was around Christmas time, and his face lit up as he carried the delicate package into the kitchen. [ Read More ]

I’m Ready For Valentines Day

February 14, 2015– Dear Secret Diary, Valentines Day is here.  [ Read More ]

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