Renewal After 50

Renewal After 50

A lot of women dread turning 50. There are all kinds of images that come to mind when we think of the big 5-0. We are no longer full-time mothers, we are no longer attractive, we are no longer viable, we…

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Cooking for a crowd

Cooking for a crowd

So: I just returned from my second assignment on board a steamship in the Great Lakes. Still trying to adjust to a normal pace—although that makes me wonder what normal is … Side note: Do not leave a half-unpacked suitcase open…

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Winter of My Damn Discontent Part 2: A Sex Addict’s Journey (cw:18+)

Winter of My Damn Discontent Part 2: A Sex Addict’s Journey (cw:18+)

I went online to check out guys I had been canvassing via the dating sites. I needed one ripe to meet me at the last minute.…

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I’m Metro-WHAT?

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…

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

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…

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Spooky stuff:  Bella Vista Lodge, Dominical, Costa Rica

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…

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The Year We Lived With Earnest Hemingway’s Ghost

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…

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Born Again: One Woman’s Journey Out of Religion

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…

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