Do you know what I mean by “true colors”?  When someone shows you their “true colors”, what should you do with the new information?  It could be something you have suspected for a long time.  And now you have confirmation?  Withdraw?  Set boundaries?  Confront?  I don’t have answers.  I have tried all three.  With some,Continue reading “CHAPTER 11”


Whew, I have gone through A LOT this year! We ALL have.  While my stamina is impressive, the nonstop juggling of my life in the midst of an ongoing pandemic has left me with little energy left to care for myself! I am using a lot of time to search for encouraging life advice as I navigateContinue reading “THOUGHTS AND STUFF….”


Well, this was the week from Hell and back.  I am reeling from shock about “better days ahead” and trying to understand what just happened. In addition, I have had a cold (not Covid) all week.  On antibiotics. With Laryngitis. I don’t know where to start.  This may be a two-parter because I have soContinue reading “SHIFTS AND CHANGES – CHAPTER 10”


          “When things get tough, the tough get going.” (- Jesse Dickson Jewell (Daddy))  “With all this s_____ , there must be a pony here somewhere” (- Janet Tallulah Jewell (me)).  “Is the glass half full or half empty?” (- I don’t remember).  My family was big on metaphors/cliches/similes, especially DaddyContinue reading “KEEP THE PONY!”


I keep taking a step at a time and scaring myself each time.  Haha!  This week has been a “doozy” (Family expression), saying to myself, “Well, when Isis attacks Paris after the Battle of Normandy, I hope I am not shopping at Chanel that day!” I keep thinking that cooler heads will prevail. NOT.  A “friend”Continue reading “RED LETTER DAYS”


Last Thursday, I did a SeaTrek and took a lot of photographs.  I posted some of them on last week’s Jayspeak, but I did not always select my favorites.  So, in this post, I am selecting my favorites – just for fun!  I have no criteria for which ones I include.  Just my own loveContinue reading “FAVORITE PHOTOSHOOT PHOTOS”

FRIDAY 13TH SEATREK, FINALLY!! aka “A Day in the Life”i

Last week, I took a break! There was a LOT going on in the world.  Yes, I was despondent (sigh), but I am back with renewed vim and vitality!!! Sorta.  So, on Friday, the 13th following 9/11, I decided to walk to the Sea whether I felt like it or not.  And, I was NOTContinue reading “FRIDAY 13TH SEATREK, FINALLY!! aka “A Day in the Life”i”

“THREE YEARS LATER – Remembering…

I know.  I know.  I said I was not going to write anything today.  And, here I am.  But, I have some thoughts that I want to share.  Plus, writing brings me comfort.  And, if you find this a tad “schmaltzy” (is that a word…), thank you in advance for bearing with me. Three yearsContinue reading ““THREE YEARS LATER – Remembering…”


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”


I am now back home, trying to get things back to “normal”.  I was gone for a month.  That is a long time for plants, cleaning, and a cat.  I was lucky enough to have a friend to look after the cat and to water the plants, but we had extraordinary heat hit the areaContinue reading “UPDATE! HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS!”


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