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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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - To Sir With Love – hands down, no questions! Great list Linda!ReplyCancel

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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  • Jhanis - Love it! I hope you and your family had a wonderful celebration!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Cute, CG. You were channeling your inner Dr. Seuss!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Sloss - Loved the poem! I Always admire those of you who can communicate through rhyme!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - So cute!
    Mmmm. I think I gained weight just reading this. And I AM in elastic waist pants. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill (@Nerthus) - Wonderful and light-hearted!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Oh I am now chuckling and grinning as I readjust my elastic waist pants!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - I would love to write you a poem as a comment, but I suck at that sort of thing. Instead, I will just tell you that this cracked me up. And, I’ll ask you, did you really eat out? If so, I’m jealous. LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I am grateful for YOU and for your blog. And for how adorable you’d probably look in elastic pants! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - You passed on the mash? Seriously? That was the BEST part of our meal, except for turkey! LOLReplyCancel

  • Stacey Gill - Very cute. I like the Turkey photo – especially the rotting pumpkins on the ground.ReplyCancel

  • Darcy Perdu So-Then Stories - Ha! Great poem!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Mashed potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce are my faves, for sure! Bloated beyond believe here, too. My the Thanksgiving spirit stick around longer than the calories!ReplyCancel

  • jamie@southmainmuse - Bravo — well done. Bloated. That awful word. That’s why I word the dress over the leggings rather than the jeans. Glad you had a great day.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - I’m grateful for you too! But how can you not love stuffing???ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Too funny! I don’t like stuffing either! And, yes, I am thankful for elastic waists!ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Very grateful for you too. As for the food? I love it all, except pumpkin pie. The irony is I made one this year from scratch, I hear it was a it. Oh…and your pie post was what inspired me!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna @Makingmine - Haha, this is so great! And SO true! Stretchy pants are a Thanksgiving must :)ReplyCancel

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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  • Heidi Sloss - Fun video!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - What a funny video! I hope your day is filled with family and joy! Happy Thanksgiving Linda. Just 3 more days to go and we celebrate, right?ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Love that video! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Linda!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Too funny! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holiday Shopping!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Bradley Colleary - Hey girl, my friend Jamie Lynne just showed me these guys the other day and made me so jealous of their creativity. Love it. Happy T-day!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Hughes - I hadn’t seen the video of that, how funny, thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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?ReplyCancel

  • 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

    21. One word that describes you best? CreativeReplyCancel

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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  • jamie@southmainmuse - I’ll definitely look for #GiveTuesday. A great follow-up to a Thanksgiving weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Love it, Linda. I love #GivingTuesday too! I’ll be writing about it. The more the merrier to get the word out. I love the choices you provided. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Nice round up! I look forward to participating in GT this year!ReplyCancel

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… 😉ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!!ReplyCancel

  • 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

  • Sheryl Kraft - any leftovers? This pie is a masterpiece!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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  • Carol Cassara - I’ve read a couple of these but want to check out the rest. Thanks for the ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Two things: I am stealing this idea (#nablopomofatigue). Just added, All The Light We Cannot See, to my Amazon “wish list.”Happy Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • Haralee - Cookies and reading? I am looking for some light, funny or thoroughly engrossing. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • Mary Bird Lanzavecchia - I shall feast on this literary buffet! Thanks for the suggestions.ReplyCancel

  • jenna mccarthy - I SUPER-CRAZY-LOVE that I made this list!!! Hope you love. :)


  • Lindsey - LOVED Jenny’s book and also Anthony Doerr’s … can’t wait to hear what you think!ReplyCancel

  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 — 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.ReplyCancel

  • Gene'O - These are the fabs! They’re getting my FB share for the day. Thank you very much for compiling them :-)ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - I loved all of these! My advice- Listen to the voices in your head. They are usually always right.ReplyCancel

Here are the answers from yesterday’s 5 Truths and A Lie game. Thank you for all the comments,  I’ve been loving them all! This has been SO. MUCH. FUN. Okay, here goes: #1 As amazingly romantic as this seems, it’s all true. I remember their sawdust floors just like it was yesterday. My “future husband” […]

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  • Carol Cassara - I am so not good at these!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - You go girl….living on the wild – exotic side!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I think that is the most memorable proposal story I have ever heard! You crack me up – consistently! One of the reasons I am so loving this November!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Woot!! I was right!! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Oh, I pictured you happily and confidently gliding around the roller rink to the disco music you posted the other day. Another illusion bites the dust. SIgh … xoReplyCancel

  • Doreen Mcgettigan - I didn’t even consider the dogs could have been at different times. Brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - There’s something very funny about the Weiner, but of course I grew up in a house with 2 brothers and a lot of “potty talk”…Good one Linda. I pictured you as the Dorothy Hamill type! Beautiful and great on skates.ReplyCancel

  • jamie@southmainmuse - I could so see you as a roller derby/rink queen. Oh well. I never skated either. My sister on the other hand still rollerblades for exercise through her neighborhood. Enjoyed your list. :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela Hall Weight - Dang! I had a good feeling about this one. Thought surely the two Pepis were made up. Love the weiner factor marriage proposal. Does it get any more romantic than that?ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Any fabulous pictures from that highly romantic proposal? Loved the stories behind all of them. Clearly I was not a good guesser…at all. I rather fancied the idea of a younger you–John Travolta style–on skates!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Bird Lanzavecchia - Stumped by yet another good liar! :)ReplyCancel

  • Estelle - it was good learning more about you Linda. I was a vegetarian briefly, too. Gained 10 pounds eating fried fish sticks!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - If a dog name works, why not recycle it? Genius!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Walker Cushing - haha! You fooled me. It was the time for rollerskating when we all grew up so I thought for sure it was real.ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Thanks all, for playing this fun game with me! I so loved reading your truth/lie posts and getting to know you better too! Sadly, no photos of the Weiner Factory proposal, those I’m pretty sure I still have the pink overalls I was wearing that day 😉ReplyCancel

Today is Day #20 of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month) and to celebrate the fact we have just ten more days to go (YIPPIE!), a group of us have decided to play a game called 5 Truths and a Lie game.   Below are 5 truths about me and 1 big fat lie. Can you […]

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  • Doreen McGettigan - My guess is #2 is the lie. Just a random guess. I love all of them! Lol…ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - My guess is #2 is the lie. Just a random guess. I love all of them! Lol…ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - Um…number 3? No idea why…but it DID make me giggle and it does seem a big outrageous.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Weight - I’m thinking #2 is false. Pepi was the name that both furniture guys used trying to sound Italian. See, I’ve figured it all out.ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Loving all of these answers! Can’t wait to reveal the skinny tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I say #3. That’s my guess.ReplyCancel

  • Susan P. - Well, I just started reading you so I don’t know you well but I am going to guess the 2 dogs named Pepsi. If it is true though then they must have been confused little dogs.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - I so hope it’s not #3 — I want to hear that story :)ReplyCancel

  • jamie@southmainmuse - I love this. Hmm. Again. I’ll have to scroll back you. Wait a second . . . Excellent job. This is impossible. I’ll say the mice.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Bird Lanzavecchia - I’m going with #3. I’m thinking that was your second summer job….Ya, that’s it.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I have been waiting for yours Lynda…I mean Linda, because I knew your list would crack me up! I am guessing that harder I laughed, the more true the statement. Writing down my answer right now! And thanks for the HUGE laugh!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Gotta go with #3. And assuming #1 is in fact true? I sure as hell hope you have a blog post somewhere you can link to or at the very least a photo. love that.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I’m going out on a limb here…..and say #1. Your list cracked me up and whichever one it is will make me laugh tomorrow. A good one, Lynda, er, I mean Linda.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Too funny. I say #4. We are the same age and I can’t imagine having done that for my 16th birthday. Though no offense if you really DID do it. Really. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Nicholl - I have no idea but #5 seems about as rebellious as you’d get you little sweetie you. xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - Wow, such choices! I’m going to say # 2.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I love these. I feel like it’s one of the pet ones so I’m going to say #6 just because I can’t imagine anyone having pet mice. I love you but ugh.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - I say #3. All are crazy fun.ReplyCancel

  • Miriam Hendeles - I say #4 is untrue. Love all these choices. Very

  • Marion Ostrow - Number 2… Two dogs with the same name would confuse meReplyCancel

  • Carolann - I will say number 4 is the lie! Can’t wait to read your updated post!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Walker Cushing - I’m at a loss and so confused right now so I pick 2.ReplyCancel

I love music. I think every moment of our lives should be filled with music or, at least, background music just like in the movies. The soundtrack of my life would have to be American Bandstand and Soul Train worthy. After all, every Saturday morning of my youth was spent shaking my groove thing in […]

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  • LIv - i have most of these songs on my iPhone. Best list ever! You missed Brick House though.ReplyCancel

  • Nicki - You had me at Le Freak! :)ReplyCancel

  • Anne Louise Bannon - Thank you for the earworms, she said, mentally shaking hrr considerable booty.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Such amazing classics. I hear some of these often on Sirius oldies channelsReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - FUN.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Thank you for the amazing trip down memory lane! I was a Motown girl through and through so you better believe I will be right there with you – dancing!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - What a great list! My husband was a dj back then and he plays these songs all the time.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Love these! They bring back so many embarrassing memories :)ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Meet me on the dance floor, ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - They don’t make um like they used to. Love it. Notice the women accompanying Donna Summer. Check out the moves.ReplyCancel