MEET LILLIAN! – Revised!

MEET LILLIAN. Who?  Why? Lillian is on my mind this week.   She was my aunt.  My mother’s sister.  I wrote about her over last weekend, but that post was too long, and Lillian “got lost in the shuffle.”  So, now, Lillian has a post of her own!  She matters because she mattered.  A woman beforeContinue reading “MEET LILLIAN! – Revised!”


Since 1993 ((age 56), I have been continually downsizing.  Lots of years spent accumulating.  Now, it is the other way around.  I have a lot of people ask me how I am doing it because they know the big houses I have had and lots of furniture and “stuff”.  Plus, I saved everything “in caseContinue reading “DOWNSIZING -26 YEARS IN THE MAKING!”


One Week from today, on August 31, 2016 (3 years ago), I lost my best friend.  His name was/is Steve Orlandella (August 11, 1950 – August 31, 2016).  Today, I plan to share some thoughts with you.  I won’t be writing about him next week.  I plan to use that day to remember.  Not write. Continue reading “MY BEST FRIEND”


Has anyone written a song about August?  At the moment, I cannot recall one.  I don’t know how I feel about August.  This is not new news.  It has never been a month that I look forward to – like June.  Or September.  Or October. Or April.  And, now, it causes me much angst.  ItContinue reading “AUGUST!!”

Wonderful Moments aka Miracles!

Today is one of those wonderful moments when the weather, the world, and the apartment are all going haywire, but that is OK!!  My son and daughter-in-law are  coming to Nice!!  He and Jean will only be here for a few days, but that is OK.  I can’t do what I used to be ableContinue reading “Wonderful Moments aka Miracles!”


At this time of the year, I find my soul searching for answers – something definite that I can hold onto.  And my mind works overtime, waiting for the rest of me to catch up. (sigh).  So, today – a  férié in France (holiday), I decided to write this week’s blog.  And, I am filledContinue reading “SOME PÂQUES THOUGHTS – 2019 IN NICE, FRANCE”


OK, this is more than you ever wanted to know, AND more than I ever thought I would expose.  It is true confessions combined with book promotion.  Haha.  Grab a coffee!  Here goes……  When I was in my 30’s, I moved from a relatively small southern town in Georgia to Los Angeles, California.  July 1968. Continue reading “THE JOURNALS”


This is my Christmas gift to you.  It is a piece written by a woman I don’t know – By Maria Popov. I have friends who find these gems and then post them on social media.  My friend Karen Kondazian found this one. My thanks to her.  This one puts into words important “considerations” forContinue reading “MY CHRISTMAS GIFT TO YOU….”


TAKE A BREAK!  Settle back and give your mind a rest for a few minutes from the upcoming election to read some information about STEVE ORLANDELLA.  Who?  A man I was fortunate enough to have known for 23 years and to have spent 11 years of my life as his wife.  A lot of usContinue reading “LEGACY, TWO YEARS LATER STEVE ORLANDELLA”

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