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Online Kite Shop

Go fly a kite!  It is a great business — creative, fun, even profitable. We’ve all felt the tug of a kite line pulling our dreams high into the sky, and watched dozens and dozens of incredible creations join us on a breezy day. This joyful kiting is nearly universal, reaching across oceans. I didn’t […]

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The Mystery and Romance 0f A Russian Porcelain Blog

When I was very young my mother gifted me several Russian porcelain ballerinas, much like in the picture.  How I wish I had kept those treasures! A few years ago a dear friend gifted me a collection of six blue and gold Russian porcelain teacups and saucers.  I still have those, and I thoroughly believe […]

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tiny home

Tiny Homes Online

Tiny homes can be built out of almost anything — wood, an old caboose, steamer containers, mud. My next door neighbor has a tiny home that she calls a “studio”.  Well, it’s got a bed and electricity and even a poddy, so I’d call it a tiny home.  And it is so cute — it […]

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Modelling career

Teach How To Become A Model

Actually becoming a professional model is tough.  Really tough. Teaching someone how to become a model is not so tough.  That’s where you come in. A while back I recall an episode on TV where the female lead was hired to teach a group of girls how to become models.  She was expecting a group […]

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brunch website

Let’s Do Brunch!

Breakfast is nice.  And so is lunch. But Brunch is a celebration! My friend Carolyn once invited 50 or so guests to a Sunday brunch pig roast, not mentioning that a wedding ceremony would precede the brunch itself.  It was, without doubt, one of the most splendid weddings I’ve ever attended. Your brunch may not […]

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selling socks online

Knock Their Socks Off – Online

I absolutely adore socks, and online shops are the best places to find them, the most variety. That is really strange for me to say because just a few years ago I didn’t have a pair of socks to my name.  Not one.  I had some little socklet things that I wore when I went […]

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weight loss measuring tape

Taking It Off – Weight Loss Coach

No matter the season — the holidays, summer swimming, ski season, fall fashions — lots of us need to slim down.  And lots of us just do it better and easier with a weight loss coach.  This is why some national weight loss programs are so successful — they offer personal coaches. If you are […]

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romantic places lion

Isn’t It Romantic? Special Places Online

It seems like every romantic place online has been written about a gazillion times, at least I thought so.  But my cohort reeeeally wanted a site about romantic places in California, especially for us older folks.  So I started looking, and yes, there were a lot of sites about San Francisco and la Jolla and […]

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An online journal page

To Write, or Not To Write – Journaling Online

My love affair with journaling started with a blank journal that Oprah sent me.  I think it was for an online meditation series, but the journal arrived long after the meditation series was over. “Mmmmm,” I recall thinking. “Whatever shall I do with this?”  It was a nice journal, much too nice for my modest […]

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umbrellas

I’m Singing In The Rain — Umbrellas, Galoshes, etc.

As with many lovely things in life, umbrellas came to me rather serendipitously.  A few years ago I was wandering through the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, truly one of the great small shop meccas of the country, when I chanced upon a whole store of umbrellas.  Not so much as a single rain coat, […]

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Greenhouse gardening

Greenhouse Gardening

I lived most of my life in California, the land of perpetual springtime, where greenhouses were not really needed.  Now that I am in Oregon, I understand the importance of greenhouse gardening, and except for some books at my local bookstore, information seems to be woefully lacking, especially reliable information. You see, I’ve just got […]

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Fly Away With Butterfly Caftans

For those with true sewing skills, caftans are not difficult to create, and one size pretty much fits all.  I once had a dream of opening a “butterfly caftan shop” in Pacific Grove, California, where the monarchs come to rest each year. I had the business all planned out.  Each caftan I created would be […]

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