The One Cookie Diet

Everywhere you look (online, tv, stores) there are companies promoting diet products, vitamins, and meal plans for losing weight. Millions of dollars are spent on advertising.There are support groups and personal coaches to guide you on your weight loss journey. I...

The Gem I Found In The Mountains

I’ve searched my entire adult life for a hairdresser who understood my hair. It hasn’t been easy. One day I approached a woman who had thick curly hair and a great haircut and asked her if she minded sharing the name of her hairdresser. She said her name...

Living in a Disposable Society

Some people have been sharing on social media how they’ve eliminated toxic people from their lives. Much of this started during the presidential elections when one wrong comment got you a “click..you’re gone.” I question the use of the word...

The Lone Marcher

Even after the presidential election is over, millions of people on social media stay divided, this time by those who marched and those who did not march.  Others have faded into the background tired of being bullied for their convictions. Friendships have been...

Confessions From A Politician’s Mother

When one of my four children first ran for political office, I was informed that the “other party” would probably dig into my past searching for some juicy tidbit to discredit my family. Most of  my “past” was way before social media so they...

My experience with DuraBlend and Ashley Furniture

Four years ago, (for Valentine’s Day), I bought my husband a love seat at Ashley Furniture in Asheville, NC. I had a $500 budget and the salesman suggested a Durablend material which in his words was almost as good as leather. DuraBlend is a trademark of Ashley...

Memories of Blanche Barnett Nevel

Recently, my cousin, Eadie, sent me this picture of my mother that she discovered in an old album. It was not dated but I am guessing my mother’s age as 20 something. I had never seen this photograph and was thrilled beyond words! My last memory of my Mother was...

Living With Meniere’s Disease (Vertigo)

I remember the day as if it was yesterday. I was attending a party and someone grabbed my hand to join an Israeli folk dance called the Hora. For ten minutes, I danced in a circle smiling at my husband who was sitting at a table watching. It was one of those special...

The Birthday Gift I REALLY want

Fifty years ago, I never would have imagined that we would be connecting with people all over the world via the internet. Back then, you wrote and mailed letters or made very expensive long distance calls. Life certainly has changed…Is it 100% for the better? I...

2016…I am ready for you!

2016 will be a milestone year for me. I am turning 65 on January 29th and have designated myself as “The New Face of Medicare”. This is not because of how I look (though the freckles definitely help to peel a few years off), or even how I feel (I have been...