It saddens me to learn of the lengths that some women will go to in an effort to minimize the effects of aging. I recently stumbled upon an article on the website of the U.K.’s Daily Mail, which declared there is a woman, Tess Christian, (pictured below) who “has spent the last 40 years purposefully…


Poems of Love for Valentine’s Day

Invitation to Love  by Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872 – 1906 Come when the nights are bright with stars Or come when the moon is mellow; Come when the sun his golden bars Drops on the hay-field yellow. Come in the twilight soft and gray, Come in the night or come in the day, Come, O…

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

I blame it all on Pinterest! Lately, I find myself in the kitchen—busily baking—much more than usual. Every time I browse the Pinboards, I find myself tempted by the wide array of photographs featuring irresistibly yummy, homemade, baked treats! My sensible side admonishes me not to give in to the sweet temptations staring back at…


Music Monday | Love Songs

<3 February is the month of love, roses and candy, romance, and did I mention, love? <3 <3 What better way to celebrate the upcoming <3 Valentine’s Day <3 than to devote #MusicMonday wholly to silly love songs. <3 <3 In no particular order, I offer up my own personal top 10 list of the sweet and…


Snow Moon Rising

The moonrise in my neck of the woods was stunning tonight! A little info about February’s full moon from The Old Farmer’s Almanac: February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February. Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger…


Music Monday | Connie Francis

Hello everyone! I know, I know, it’s been a while. I must confess, I have missed being here. Moreover, I have missed all of you! I’d love to tell you that I have been busy traveling; wandering, carefree, in some remote wilderness, secluded from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. That I’ve been completely…


Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the illusions is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, and poet (1803-1882) Photo – Timeworn Treasures


Music Monday | Danny Elfman

Ah! The first #MusicMonday of 2015 and once again I am pushing the deadline for actually publishing it on Monday! I had made myself a New Year’s resolution that my blogging wouldn’t take a backseat to the demands of everyday life and here I am, only 5 days into the year, and I have already…


Music Monday | Pharrell Williams

It’s the final #MusicMonday of the year! What better time to take a listen to the number one song of 2014. Spending 10 weeks at the number one spot in 2014 was Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”. Love it or hate it, “Happy” is one of the best-selling singles of all time. Honestly, I find it refreshing that…

Joe Cocker

Music Monday | Joe Cocker

“Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song, I will try not to sing out of key” Today we say goodbye to the venerable Joe Cocker, who died at his ranch in Colorado after losing his battle with lung cancer. A wild-man of the 1960s-70s, Cocker’s unmistakable voice became legendary. According to NPR’s…