I’m Metro-WHAT?

I’ve been called many things in my life – from dork to hot and everything in between, but when my kids recently called me metrosexual, I had no idea what they were talking about. In fact, I had never heard of the expression. “Metro-WHAT?” I kept thinking. Because I had been living under a rock […]

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There’s a reason you should never do these 7 things

People are funny–meaning strange and unexplainable. I go through life and sometimes I build long-term treasured friendships based on commonalities in personality and interests. Or, I meet people of such a polar opposite nature that they become fascinating—kind of like messing with a rattlesnake. Some people collect art. Some collect cars, boats, houses, coins, shrunken […]

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Spooky stuff: Bella Vista Lodge, Dominical, Costa Rica

For three idyllic years, from 2010 through 2013, I was the proprietor of Bella Vista Lodge on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific Coast, possessing one of the most incredible views in Costa Rica.  Sitting about 1,400 feet on the Escaleras mountainside, the 180-degree view stretched from Manuel Antonio to the north, south to the Osa Peninsula. […]

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The Year We Lived With Earnest Hemingway’s Ghost

It was the early 90’s, and I was on the fashion treadmill. Paris, the home of Haute Couture became my base. I was busy, very busy and I needed to find a furnished apartment, that was large enough for my small family and any friends that might need a place to stay. This particular apartment […]

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Born Again: One Woman’s Journey Out of Religion

“No thank you, we’re atheists,” I respond with a smile to yet another invitation to church. It happens a lot here in southeastern Missouri. I wasn’t always an atheist. For many years I was what you might call a hyper-fundamentalist, but I wasn’t always that, either. My parents did the church thing for a couple […]

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Criminalize ‘Man-Boobs’ or Free the Nipple

I often wonder, at what point did society suddenly deem women’s bodies no longer publicly acceptable? At what point did girls get told that their breast tissue was something they should hide? At what point did my boobs become so provocative, so prude, so heinously offensive that the law enforces me to censor myself? “It […]

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I AM A CARB-O-HOLIC

Hello, my name is Julie. This is my first time coming to a meeting with fellow carb-o-holics. I must say that it is a relief looking around this room and seeing other people that share the same fate as me. My therapist recommended this group. She said that I should not suffer alone. Well, here […]

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Replacing the F Word with the E Word

You may have heard that recently the beloved Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson, has been advocating the rights of women as the recently appointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. In her recent speech, given at a special event for the HeForShe campaign, she addresses the topic of feminism and what it means to be a feminist. […]

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