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Babies aren’t born with parenting guides, and real parenting lessons can happen at any time, even when we least expect it. Sometimes these lessons seep in without our even being aware of them, only to realize their impact years later. I am delighted to be sharing my story on Kveller today, about the advice a […]

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I was in a long line at Starbucks this morning, happily waiting to feed my coffee addiction, when I noticed almost everyone looking down at their smart phones. This reminded me of a conversation I had at dinner the other night with friends, about how hard it seems for many young singles to meet “someone.” […]

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  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - My daughter showed me her Tinder account a few weeks ago and my first thought was I would have been obsessed with that when I was her age. Whether or not it would be better to put down the phones, I don’t think it’s going to happen…I noticed the same thing at the airport yesterday during the brief time I didn’t have my head in my computer!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - You are so right. Our kids are meeting people through social media now. I’ve heard of many successful outcomes on JDate and others. A different world …ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Totally agree. And even when they do meet, they spend more time texting each other than actually talking. I feel like a dinosaur complaining about it – and a hypocrite since I’m staring at a screen most of the day.ReplyCancel

  • Debra Paget Harris - I could not agree more! Our kids wouldn’t be able to exist without their cell phones and social media. Really makes you think about what technologies could possibly be next.
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  • Heidi Sloss - I agree, it is a problem for this generation. Do they know how to connect without their smart devices. Of course our generation has to take some responsibility for creating this situation as we spent much of their childhood teaching them all about stranger danger. So how can they trust their instincts when meeting random people?
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  • Nancy Hill (@Nerthus) - I feel old when I am traveling and want to ask someone about a book they are carrying but there is no opportunity to do so because as soon as the book is put down, the phone is picked up… I’m guilty of being overly connected too.
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  • Ruth Curran - Crazy truths. I can’t imagine standing in line anywhere any more without at least 80% of the people looking down – most days, including me…. Makes me think. I met my husband by chance. It would not have happened if I were as connected and worried about staying that way as I am now…. Insane to think about isn’t it?
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  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - SO true! I have observed the same thing, but not tied it to finding love. It seems as if no one is capable of resting in place alone, it actually frightens me. Every summer we take our kids to our summer cabin, while there we limit all the electronics. I am convinced this habit of learning to be quiet, to be still, to simply be, serves them.
    Don’t you find you want to yell out, FOR GOODNESS SAKE TAKE A MINUTE OFF!
    Love this post!
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  • Ali A - Sigh. I hate how true this is. I’m a 32 year old single female and I’ve been on both sides. I often catch myself glued to my phone when on the subway, on line at the store, or anywhere in public, really. I’ll then realize just how unapproachable that makes me and so I’ll put the phone down and try to take a look around at my surroundings. Not necessarily because I’m trying to find the love of my life, but just to take in the sights and also get some great NYC people-watching in.

    And that’s when I realize: everyone ELSE is on their phone or has their nose in some kind of device. Human interaction of any kind with strangers is just G-O-N-E. No one ever looks up from their i(Pad)(Phone)(Pod) and it’s really, really sad.

    You’re right; this behavior makes it virtually impossible to meet people in any capacity. Boo.
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Today is Day #30, the last day of NaBloPmo (National Blog Post Month). Remember when I joined fellow bloggers in a blog challenge to write a new blog post every single day during November? Well, if you’re reading this post…I’m officially Done. Pooped. Kaput. (You can find all of my NaBloPoMo posts here.) There were […]

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  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - It was fun, Linda. I actually had a much easier time this year than last. I for sure had a different mind set and didn’t stress out over it at all. Life serves up plenty of things to observe and write about. Cheers to making it and cheers also to staying in touch.
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  • Robbie - here’s to lessons learned!!
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  • jamie@southmainmuse - It is freeing to just hit publish and not have the luxury of over-thinking. No doubt that posting everyday limbers up the brain. Not that everything I posted was scintillating — or well-written, ha. But it was great to have such a supportive community no matter what level my post was. Enjoyed getting to know you better Linda.
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  • Jackie - i so know what you mean about hitting “publish” being liberating. Usually I obsess to the point of writing, writing, writing and not publishing. I wonder if your “draft” file is deeper than mine?

    I learned that setting aside the time to write is doing more for myself than I usually do — and that is certainly something to celebrate!

    Thanks for helping me on my journey!
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  • Cathy Chester - I was so thrilled to be on this NaBloPoMo ride with you Linda. No matter how my day is going you are always there for a good laugh and funny wisdom. You made it easier to post daily because I knew you were doing the same. I love your attitude toward life, dear friend. Thanks for sharing this month with me.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Camus - It was great fun, wasn’t it? I’m so glad I did it too, and I learned the same thing you did, among other lessons (I made a list of 10 things I learned for my final post). And I too hope to post more frequently in the future. Thanks for your company on the journey!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - So much fun doing this with you. You made me laugh so much, which I definitely needed! I don’t know whose bright idea it was to choose November as the big NaBloPoMo month but I’m looking forward to taking it down a notch in December and then doing it again in January. Hope you’ll join in!ReplyCancel

  • Bekki Sayler - Figures that I would hear about NaBloPoMo the day it ends! Lol! I guess there I always next year!
    Well done on getting through the whole month! That is quite an accomplishment. I tend to write in bursts, but then I schedule my posts to be published at a later date. That way I have at least 1-2 posts going out each week!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - Congrats on making it through 30 days, Linda. I relate completely to everything you said because like you, it usually takes me quite some time before I’m ready to hit the “publish” button. I also keep meaning to have a few posts ready to go … but so far I haven’t succeeded in that department. New Year’s Resolution for me! Keep up the great work and congratulations again.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Sloss - I didn’t do it this time and given that I feel last week, broke my ankle/leg in 3 places it was good that I didn’t commit. But I did comment commit to writing comments on the blogs that I read, especially for those of you doing the challenge. Hope my small contribution was encouraging. I know how much I love comments on my blog, so I thought it would help those of you writing every day!
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  • Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories - I made it through NaBloPoMo too and had the same sort of mixed emotions. From not having time to mull over and spend 4 hours on a single post to the why-on-earth-did-I-do-this to myself! I am glad I did it overall as well.

    Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup and hope you join us again this week!
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If you read my blog then you know movie night is a big night in our home. I’m always up for any excuse to cuddle on the couch with the family. Regardless of your age, there are some high school movies that never lose their shine. The “coming of age” theme is one we can […]

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  • Mary - Wonderful list! I think Breakfast Club was my favorite of them all. I could watch that for days.
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  • Dawn Robinson - Great list of movies. There area few I’ve heard of but never watched but you have a great list of classics.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - What a great list, Linda! I’ll have to watch the ones I’ve never seen and get the popcorn ready!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Sloss - Loved most of these and ate constantly playing in our home too! Didn’t see one of my top 5 favorites: 10 Things I Hate About You.
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  • Carol Graham - I have seen them all – some better than others :) I also saw the play Grease LIVE with Chubby Checker. Too cool Thanks for the memoriesReplyCancel

  • Judy Rothman Rofé - Great list, including some of my kids’ faves. Can we expand to 15 and add Rushmore, Election, Dazed and Confused, the Last Picture Show…and Bye Bye Birdie?ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Great list, I loved Dead Poet Society. And some of your classics? The best, high school or not.ReplyCancel

  • Jana - Awesome list. I loved Can’t Hardly Wait also. I think it is a very underrated high school movie!
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  • Ruth Curran - To Sir With Love – hands down, no questions! Great list Linda!ReplyCancel

Post-Thanksgiving Poem The turkey was juicy the wine did flow. How I’ll burn off all these calories, I’ll never know. The cranberry sauce, always my fave. But it’s the pumpkin pie, that I always crave. The stuffing looked weird, I’ve never touched the stuff. The pecan pie a la mode was out of this world, […]

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Wishing all my family, friends, and fabulous readers a Happy Thanksgiving!   I am so grateful to you, my dear readers, who take the time to read, comment, share, tweet, or just have a nice private chuckle with the offerings I dish out. (See what I did there?) Thank you. You make my world go […]

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I ask a lot of questions. Always have. Just ask my sister who had to listen to my “What if?”and “What’s your favorite…” or “What would you choose?” 24/7. So it should come as no surprise that I have always loved reading the Proust Questionnaire in the back of Vanity Fair magazines. Today I thought […]

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  • Janie Emaus - I ask a lot of questions, too! Coffee. Songwriter. Egg. Here’s my questions – What questions am I answering?
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  • Laura Ann Klein - 1. Tea or coffee? coffee summer tea winter

    2. Salty or sweet? sweet

    3. Last book you read? it was a sex manual for an alternative website I’m helping with

    4. Shopping online or in the flesh? online all the way

    5. Best blogging/writing/social media advice you’ve ever given or received? “engage”

    6. Cupcake or ice cream? ice cream

    7. Name one thing you regret? I can’t remember, I don’t regret.

    8. Ideal Sunday morning? getting up having a cup of tea/coffee with breakfast and going back to bed for sex

    9. Vacation destination: Mountains or beach beach

    10. What are you most proud of? My sons’ resilience

    11. Favorite type of bagel? Won’t eat bagels too many carbs.

    12. Who would you most want to be stuck in an elevator with? Mr. C because he is an engineering genius and would get us out of the elevator

    13. Most important quality in a friend? Loyalty

    14. What you would most want to change about yourself? I would like to be more successful

    15. Talent you wish you had? singing

    16. Biggest fear? snakes

    17. Number #1 on your Bucket List? a summer in the French or Spanish countryside

    18. What side of the bed do you sleep on? the middle

    19. Men: Boxers or briefs? nothing

    20. Women: The one beauty/makeup item you can’t live without? mascera

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Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is one of the most important days kicking off the holiday season: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 is Giving Tuesday, celebrating generosity and giving back in any way that you can. This video provides countless fabulous ideas for giving back: I am so inspired by all the wonderful, moving […]

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Last year, Mini-Me and I shocked our family by making Thanksgiving dinner. If you know anything about me, then you know I can’t cook. I’m more of a baker, and even that’s a stretch. And you should also know, to the great relief of my family, that this year I’m making reservations. Everyone is ecstatic! […]

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  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - That looks amazing, it actually leaves me wondering if I should try my hand at pie baking just one more time… I’ll let you know. Meantime have a great Thanksgiving out! Feeling a wee bit envious… ;-)
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  • jamie@southmainmuse - Wow. That is beautiful. And reservations does sound wonderful. I’m responsible for two sides. And appetizers at my house before hand, then we move to my in-laws. Which makes me think — I better start planning something.
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  • Mary Bird Lanzavecchia - This is killing me because: 1) I LOVE apple pie and have not had a slice in almost 4 years of being gluten free. 2) It makes me think of my mama, who made the very best apple pie with apples from our tree.
    3) I want a slice right now!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - That looks amazing!! How can you possibly say you don’t cook/bake/whatever?! When I say that, I mean I go out and pick up a pie somewhere! WOW!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle - Yum! That looks delicious! Like you I’m more of a baker, too!!
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  • Ruth Curran - Wow, what a beautiful crust! I have never been able to make a crust – at least one that did not come from the freezer section. Enjoy your “reservations”!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Well, now you can’t hide behind the idea that you can’t cook. That’s a winner! Beautiful.ReplyCancel

There’s nothing I love more than fluffing up my pillows, getting cozy in bed and reading.  Well, eating freshly baked chocolate chip cookies comes in first, but this would be second on my list, for sure. It’s an eclectic bunch. A literary buffet of humor, love, drama, betrayal, adventure, self discovery, and even biblical insights. […]

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  Looking for some quick inspiration? Here are the best writing advice tweets this week:   “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” #WritingTips -Larry L. King pic.twitter.com/wwEoFmtYzC — The Script Lab (@TheScriptLab) November 15, 2014 A lot of people talk about writing. The secret is to write, not […]

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  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - All these are great… There are some amazing writers out there who inspire me, on the off chance you aren’t familiar, look up Marion Roach Smith and Dani Shapiro….I dare say, you will not be sorry you did.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Great tips, Linda. Thanks for putting this together!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - When I was bitching about writing once, someone said “Carol, writers write’ and that tweet from Jackie Collins reminded me of that good sound bite.
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  • Gene'O - These are the fabs! They’re getting my FB share for the day. Thank you very much for compiling them :-)
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  • Ruth Curran - I am going to go stop talking…and dress up my pencils in tiny suits :)! Love the inspiration and the chuckle! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Great quotes, Linda!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - pencils in tiny suits? Classic!! My son is going to love this, I can’t wait to shareReplyCancel

  • Claudia Schmidt - I love these, especially the one from Caira Conner.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - LOVE these. Thanks. Caira Conner’s line is an absolute classic.ReplyCancel

  • Gabby Arciniega - Such great tips!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) - I kind of love this. I have been thinking of doing a tweet-summary type of post recently but this is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder to just write!
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  • Lois Alter Mark - Love these, and once wrote a post about exactly what Caira Connor said!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - I love them all especially bounce the ideas off your cat. lol. When my Neo was alive, I used to talk to him all the time about stuff. I knew the right answer when he tipped his head lol.
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  • Janie Emaus - I loved all of these! My advice- Listen to the voices in your head. They are usually always right.ReplyCancel