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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?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!! :-DReplyCancel

  • 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. :-DReplyCancel

  • 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

Okay, is it wrong to say this viral break up text made my day? My sense of humor might be a little warped, but this speaks to me. At first I thought it was funny, but, then I realized I’m pretty sure I dated a guy like this once or twice. Call me old fashioned… […]

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  • Carolann - LOL that was hysterical. Everything it out in the open now. I don’t mind it much. I think ppl tend to read stuff and move on to the next tweet. He will be yesterday’s news soon enough. thanks for sharing that. Very funny tweet!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - I know someone who got dumped via text message. So rude!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - i had not seen this! We must gave the same sense of humor because I Laughed, too. The thing is, I kinda laughed at him! I would have cut him loose, too. Anyone who wants you to number your sex partners is pathetic, LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Oh…I think I might have been that girl – of course waaaay before a “relationship status” was even a thing! YIKES!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - I married so young I don’t really have “awkward” breakup stories; just one horrendous one (thank God he’s in prison now… seriously). Reading thing like this just make me so thankful I’m not single. I think I *would* choose to be a crazy cat lady if I were for some reason forced to enter the single scene.ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Oh my. Makes me wonder if they were just a “thing.” But he thought they were FBO, And then she didn’t make it official. Which means what had been a thing was actually done. I’m thinking she didn’t respond for all the aforementioned reasons. Anyway… I can think of one winner I would have preferred to have broken up via text had I had that opportunity…but, baring safety issues, I think it’s pretty tacky, should be face to face for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Miles - I’ve read blog posts where the pros and cons of “breaking up via text” is discussed. I take it that it’s not all that uncommon. Maybe for short term things? But I agree, this poor fellow needs a confidence booster and it certainly wasn’t it.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Oy. I can’t believe people break up this way. I know it happens but it’s so unbelievable. Plus, how shallow are these people? I guess I was born at the right time.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Upwards of three is unacceptable? Oh dear. OMG. I don’t get the love affair with texting except that it distances people.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Bird Lanzavecchia - What a tacky way to break up! It’s gutless to handle anything beyond “What do you want in the next dorm box I ship out?” However, had I been the girl at the receiving end of this text, I might have texted my thanks back to him for listing all the reasons HE needed to be rejected.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I’ve been married for 33 years so I can’t even imagine how people have relationships these days. This is probably not all that unusual! After reading Elin Stebbins Waldal’s comment, I have to admit I had to look up FBO!! I am a freaking dinosaur!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Sloss - Thank God I’m married. Otherwise I’m screwed by #5 and #6!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - I was pissed when a college boyfriend broke up with me over the phone. I’m glad I didn’t have to deal with a text break up. The ultimate cop-out.ReplyCancel

I spent the early morning unsubscribing from email alerts from stores I don’t even remember subscribing to and turning off email alerts from a social media platform I rarely visit (*cough* Google+). I’m tired of the noise. I’m tired of my inbox overflowing with stuff I don’t want to see and probably never will. I’m […]

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  • Patty Gale - Good for you! I can totally relate. I did that a long time ago and still have to from time to time. I was in Michael’s the other day picking up art supplies for my daughter and at the checkout they asked for me email address. I said, “Why do you need that?” “To send coupons,” they said. “No thanks!” I said. It took me 3 years to get off of KMart’s email list and I don’t even know how I got on it.ReplyCancel

  • Haralee - I am jealous. That is what I want to do! I swear every time I take my name off more pop up.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - This is why I love gmail… it separates the “social” from the important stuff.

    I hear ya, though, too much noise!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @Thank You Honey - It is crazy! I notice a huge increase after a conference. I feel like people think since you exchanged cards they can automatically subscribe you to their blog. No cool! Have a fabulous day!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Louise Bannon - Yep. Something else to do. I either filter some of mine straight to the trash to special folders.ReplyCancel

  • b+ (Retire in Style Blog) - I’m with you…my big thing now is to replace all those “blogs I follow” in my sidebar. Blogging evolves over time and those “camper spots” need to be emptied. Thank you for the reminder.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - I periodically do this, but it never seems to end…ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - I am so with you about the noise!
    I declared “electronic bankruptcy” with my old email, it’s still there but I hardly ever even check it. People know not to email me there because it’s where all the stuff you listed above gets sent. My real email needs some cleaning out too…no doubt some IT person would be horrified by my opened and not deleted or filed emails… Good for you.ReplyCancel

  • Ines Roe - I am go glad to hear someone else feels the same way. At one point I was quite free with my email address when a store asked for it. Soon I was drowning in emails about stuff I wasn’t going to buy. I spend a whole afternoon “unsubscribing” and things are much quieter now in my inbox but still some annoying emails still get throughReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I started designating a day each week where I spend at least an hour unsubscribing and blocking spam…. It does feel like it never ever ever ends but it sure helps to feel like I am making a dent!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I’ve been doing the same thing. I’m feeling so overwhelmed and bombarded with junk. It feels so much better to clear our a lot of the noise and clutter.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Joyce Dalferes - I SO need to do this! Too much noise!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I’m with you, Linda. I try to unsubscribe and unfollow on FB cause the noise is overwhelming. Stop this craziness I want to get off. Well, not completely off. You know what I mean, don’t you? :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Oh, yes, it’s all one big headache. I couldn’t agree more. Time to purge!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Camus - Yeah, my inbox is getting totally overwhelming too, but a lot of what I get are notices or blog posts about classes, lessons, advice I could take in writing, journalism, or marketing, so I feel sorta guilty unsubscribing for those things. Most of them are really useful, but I still can’t keep up with them all.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ann Klein - I do this periodically and try to keep my inbox empty. But my desk? LOL yeah…it’s a mess.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Been there…Done that. It almost feels as good as cleaning out a closet.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Zurek - I used to love it when I could see pages in my facebook feed. It was fun once a month to delete some (THERE I SAID IT OUTLOUD and I am proud)!!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Sloss - It is a constant work in progress to decide what I do and do not want to receive. Email, which was supposed to “save us time” ends up being a time suck nightmare without any filters. And the stores are so aggressive. I can’t get them to stop sending me catalogues, much less their emails. Sometimes even unsubscribing doesn’t work!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Bird Lanzavecchia - Are you available for hire? I’ve been working on the same for what seems like forever, but I turn out the lights and they multiply. Congrats on the progress. You’ve inspired me to get back to it. Oh, and I’d keep See’s Candy, too. That one’s a no-brainer. :)ReplyCancel

  • Claudia Schmidt - I’m with you, it gets so annoying and overwhelming. I do it almost every week but it sucks about an hour of time, so even deleting the noise, takes time from other things I want to do!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Thanks for the inspiration. I unsubscribe but somehow they keep on coming back. You’re right there is just too much noise that I don’t need. Let us know how you succeedReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Thanks for the inspiration. I unsubscribe but somehow they keep on coming back. You’re right there is just too much noise that I don’t need. Let us know how you succeedReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Nicholl - I’ve done this as well. I even unsubscribed to READER b/c I was getting 208 blog posts per day. PER DAY! I’m also OUT from BlogHer, BlogOn, certain FB groups (not this one), stores, magazines, and some social media platforms. TOO much noise!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - Try Unroll. me! It’s been a lifesaver for me!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle - I agree Linda. I have about 125,000 emails that I haven’t opened. I put my friends and key contacts in VIP and pray that I don’t miss anything. I might have to try

Here are some interesting articles and videos I enjoyed this week. From writing prompts, to parenting advice, to help for the sleep deprived (me!), to the ridiculous, and everything in between. Enjoy!     Parents: Let Harvard Go This Feminist Twist On “The Princess Bride” Will Give You Life 500 Prompts For Narrative And Personal […]

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  • Elin Stebbins waldal - I really like these round-ups, I’ve seen a number of them lately and at some point may have to do one myself. I was very interested to read the– 11 Secrets of Better Sleep. Isn’t that what we all need more of? I had to laugh when the author, a man, indicated that sex before bed helps men sleep, I notice he didn’t mention what it does for women. hmmm. That being said, some of his other points are good. I had seen the 500 Prompts and viewed it much the way a stranded person may view a boat on the horizon from the beach of their desired isle. It just may come in handy for the balance of NaBloPoMo…ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Sloss - Fun! Watched/read a few. The one with Ellen was very clever!ReplyCancel