What brought me joy in December, Part 1…

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I’m grateful for President Lincoln’s resolve to keep the United States united. Imagine the country if he had not.

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I’m on a search for the best hot chocolate. This is hot white chocolate. The richness is off the charts.

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Instant way to lift the grumps? Do something for someone else.

I love a good cover.

Sometimes we have to unleash what’s bubbling inside of us.

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Arrogance and entitlement and drugs can be a dangerous combination. [Philadelphia Weekly]

It’s never too late for a journalist to figure out how to do journalism. [NY Times]

Because change is the only constant.  [NY Magazine]

City Bakery hot chocolate with a homemade marshmallow is addictive.

I extend much gratitude to congressional aide Elizabeth Lauten for using her Facebook to malign the First Family like it was her job. Elizabeth Lauten taught me a valuable lesson in how not to be.

The #NotArt project…

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Chaos and clutter are no friends of mine!  So during a break from various projects, I took the time to clean out a bin filled with crayons, markers, pens and pencils.  I’ve been dumping all that stuff in a container without testing anything.  SILLY!   What started as a chore turned into a Not Art project of testing everything out and I ended up with this.

I enjoy it because it was made in the spirit of fun.

If you have a recent #NotArt project, share links in the comments.

Happy Monday!

Protected: I’m listening to Maxwell and thinking about death, life, love, companionship, relationships….

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When in doubt….

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Taken on Eighth Avenue.

From October 2011 – October 2012, I watched the #GilmoreGirls religiously…

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because I was recovering from a blood clot, struggling with anemia due to a fibroid the size of honey dew melon and dealing with the end of a 10 year romantic relationship.  Work, therapy, wine and the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in Stars Hollow were the main things keeping me semi-functional and somewhat sane.

Gilmore Girls provided an escape from a deep emotional valley. And although I am thrilled Netflix will start streaming the entire series today,  I’m not sure if it’s the smartest thing for me to revisit the show and that time in my life. Then I remembered the episode when Lorelai and Luke broke up and how Lorelai gave into her despair…

‘He could have been the one’

I know what that feels like. I lived that.  But I also lived through it.

So I will be watching every single  Gilmore Girls episode. Not in some quest to relive when I didn’t know who I was or needed to be but to celebrate that it was okay to be depressed to get to better.

found on Fifth Avenue….

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Happy September!