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BETTING ON THE FUTURE

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I may take some heat for this post. Conversely, I may find some like-minded friends, or even motivate others to do some research on the topic. Here goes. I bought some Bitcoin. Then I bought some alt cryptocurrencies: Steem, BAT, Stratis and DigiByte. Yes, I did. My portfolio is up, but I won’t say how much, in case the IRS ... Read More »

A FEW GOOD CHANGES

I said I would start posting again in September. Now it’s October. I’ve gotten off-track on a lot of things since June. Reading. Exercising. Eating well. Writing. The summer flew by and even with barVino now being closed Sunday and Monday, there still didn’t seem to be enough time to do everything. So . . .  the kitchen cabinets aren’t ... Read More »

EYE CONTACT

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I was working at my favorite Starbucks the other day, a place that allows me to focus and concentrate without the distractions at home.  Okay, I admit it.  Starbucks also provides me a clean table to work at without having to organize my own clutter.  (Where to put it???)  Starbucks also allows me to look around for distraction when I need ... Read More »

NO MATTER HOW YOU SLICE IT…

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One of my summer goals was to try some new cooking flavors.  We tend to get stuck in the typical grilled meal mode over the summer.  Come fall, and then throughout the winter, it is the delicious Italian-food rut where we find ourselves.  I will never complain about a red sauce cooking down on a weekend, making a mess on the ... Read More »

SPRING IN MY STEP

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On Tuesday, Joe and I took Ella to the ski bowl for a quick hike. The sun was shining, it was in the high 70s and the snow up the side of the mountain was slushy and soft. A dead leaf rolled by and Ella immediately chased it. There was some leftover winter, a little reminder of autumn and a definite ... Read More »

IT’S COMPLICATED

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Complicated. What an overused word to talk about messy relationships. “Messy” might work better. Or maybe “complicated” does fit. I am sitting in “complicated” right now. Complicated’s name is Cuba. This is my fourth visit to the island, and it has taken four visits for me to move beyond the sense of being overwhelmed by sights, sounds and smells, never ... Read More »

THE PING PONG TABLE

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There was once a ping-pong table that lived in my apartment. It moved in on July 11, 2014 and for almost two years, it took up an entire room. It was the big room – the one with the four windows that look out onto Main Street. The one with the beautiful light that makes the hardwood floors glow (and ... Read More »

MEMORIES OF ITALY

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Claire’s recent trip to Italy has inspired to finally sit down and write about my trip to Italy – all the way back in May. No, not that long ago. But somehow it seems like a life-time has passed since then. Summer has come and gone. It’s almost Harvest Fest at Gore Mountain. The leaves have turned neon orange and all shades of ... Read More »

THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE

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After reading this, I think you’ll guess what finger that is in the photo above. Things that make me smile: Hearing “Your table is ready.” A cup of coffee, a brand new magazine and 30 uninterrupted minutes to enjoy them both. The words “Boat day” followed by “Wine spritzers” (Don’t judge me wine snobs. Spritzers are the perfect summer/boat drink – ... Read More »

MORE THAN MOJITOS

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If you are a Facebook friend, you have seen the photos I was tagged in from Cuba. It was a LEGAL trip!  Really! There were many mojitos, and some classic car rides throughout, but our recent trip to Havana was on the up and up.  Every day of our adventure had an educational purpose, something quite easy to accomplish for ... Read More »

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