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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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November 05, 2005



Gigi, you fold towels like the way my husband does, and he got that from his mom. It looks really neat but I don't like it because his style of folding left the stack of towels higher, so there was less space to squeeze towels on the shelf. (Space is always a premium in our tiny home.) I'm not sure if he continues to do so, because I usually end up folding the towels anyway.

An unconsious habit of mine that I never realized I had was crossing myself in the shower before bathing. I was not even aware I did this until he asked me one day when we were showering together why I did that. I stared at him blankly and said, "Did what?" "Cross yourself." "I didn't!" His turn to stare. "You just did, just now! You always do." I swear I did not remember doing it and still remain unaware whenever I do so. I know where I got that - when I was a child, one of our maids (I think) told me that I had to do that to prevent me from slipping in the bath, hitting my head and killing myself when I bathed. It used to be a conscious thing when I was younger, but apparently it stuck so hard I don't have any conscious recollection of it even seconds after I've done it!


You're absolutely right. I am a sum total of the qualities and habits that I have seen in friends and strangers, that I wanted to imbibe in myself. And now sometimes, I see myself in my nephews and nieces. It's uncanny how people ARE watching, whether we are aware of it or not.


I agree with MadMuse...

My husband is very meticulous with regard to cleanliness, that he uses a toothbrush to clean forks. He wants to make sure no parcels of food got stucked in between. And that's what I do now.


And now I find myself folding shirts like that mpeg clip that you had a long while back. I trip out folks like it did when I first watched it. And I never look at lemmon bars the same without thinking of you. hee, hee, hee


Hi Anna - Oh, that's the funniest story! As I was reading your shower story, I was anticipating that the reason you crossed yourself first was because you watched "Carrie" and were permanently traumatized. :) As for towel folding, I have another system -- but because I learned it for retail presentation, it's creates even thicker piles (to make those towels look oh-so-fluffy and thick :) ). What can I say, even my closet looks like a store stockroom.

Hello MadMuse - Exactly! Sometimes it's easy to think we're all islands, especially when we're stuck in our routines and feel isolated from the rest of the world. But as long as we're around others, we're really not. Any small movement or action can set off a ripple effect, whether or not we're aware of it.

Hi Cheesecake - Wow! That is meticulous. I wonder if he ever thinks of how utensils and dishes are cleaned in restaurants, or even other people's homes. :)

Hi Gar - I bet you're an EXPERT at that Japanese folding trick! Hehe, I think the last time I baked lemon bars was when I taught you how and you surpassed the teacher :( It was all in the strokes, if I remember well. Hehe.


I learn more from other people than from myself. I cant seem to learn on my own as I keep on repeating the same mistakes over and over and over again. One psychology dropout student told me once that there is a scientific reason for this. I just couldn't think of it now though.

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