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Mr. Peppers

Today I am introducing our new puppy, “Mr. Peppers.”  He is a 14-week old registered Havenese.  As you can see, he is a black and white pile of fluff that never stops moving, save the two naps he takes a day.  He also mercifully sleeps…

Meatball Mania

Book Signing with my cookbooks has always been fun for me.  Mainly, because the surprises never stop, and meeting people from every walk of life is an adventure.  One of these surprises took place at the DiGregorio’s Italian Market located in St. Louis, Mo., on…

The Lion and The Lamb

The month of March is just around the corner, and I tend to think it is the month of anticipation.  We are all anxious to feel the spring air, see the blooming of daffodils and grape hyacinths, witness the beginning of irises and azaleas, and…

A Kinder and Gentler Nation

January, the month to think, to dream, to change heart, to let go of the past and venture out into the future.  A time to incorporate new ideas, new goals and a make some changes.  January gives people another chance, and another try at what…

The Tennessee Bus Tour

My husband Bill and I recently had the pleasure to go on a Tennessee Bus Tour.  We were invited by friends that we have known for a very long time; as it was, they were the best couple in our wedding.  So, after explaining how…

A Bridge to Relationships

It was some 14 years ago that I first heard of the “Pitch-A-Log,” a means for want-to-be authors to give a 3-minute talk trying to persuade the audience of how their book would be a success.  The place was the Clayton Library, in St. Louis,…

The Marigold Patch

August is that month where a new chapter begins, with our children going back to school, mom’s meeting with friends for lunch, and resale shops changing over from summer to winter.   It is like the changes are telling us…holidays are coming! So, before I get…

Mamma Mia!

Raised in an Italian home, there were many days when I would hear my mother say, “Mamma Mia.”  Was she calling on her mother for help, or stating that she had a mother, or perhaps saying it for validation of motherhood?  Many Italian expressions convey…

My Husband, My Valentine

Every Valentine’s day, I wonder what my husband Bill will do that he hasn’t done before.  We were teenagers when we met, and I can honestly say, from that young age until now, some 55 years later, he always seems to come up with a…

First Things First

With New Years’ Resolutions flying around everywhere, it would be easy to fall into the same old set of the yearly wishes.  You know, loose weight, start the exercise program, organize my life, save money, travel more, and of course, keep the daily journal to…