Author: MaryAnn

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 even has a loft area for storage or sleeping.  (I want one!) Tiny homes have two things in common:  (1) They are small, and (2)  They are really IN right now. Whether for a vacation home, a rental property, a studio, or a forever...

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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 of thin, savvy teens, but that isn’t what she got.  What she got was a group of insecure, rather clumsy girls who had more dreams than reality. In that TV show a colleague suggested that what these girls truly needed was poise … confidence...

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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 have a wedding hidden in it, but my guess is that it will still have loads of fun, food and laughter. Brunches are just great.  They are much easier to put together than fancy dinners.  There is tremendous variety for all pallets, from roast...

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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 on a walk in my sports shoes, or went to the gym, but that was it.  You see, I was in California. Then I moved to Oregon.  I arrived in spring and I distinctly recall thinking how quaint it was that local department stores...

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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 a dietician, a trainer, a physician assistant or nurse experienced with weight loss clients, there is a real place for you online. The drawback with weight loss coaches locally is that they aren’t everywhere.  There are humongous sections of the US that just don’t...

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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 Montecito and other places, but none of them focused on the romantic aspects of those places.  Gee willikers, I thought, here was a wide open area. So our site came into being.  We called it “California Rendezvous”.  You won’t find it online anymore.  When...

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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 thoughts, and I was much too busy to do that journaling thing-y anyhow.  So it sat on my bookshelf for many months.  Then one day I took it with me when I went for a walk in the woods, and my poetry life came...

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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, but hundreds of umbrellas. I was in awe. I owned several umbrellas of course — a couple of black ones, and a red one.  But I had never owned one with Monet’s “Water Lilies” or white clouds skipping over a rich blue sky.  I...

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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 a wild urge to go get my hands dirty, and a greenhouse seems like the best option. I am not certain what it is about women and growing stuff, but the connection is real. There is a famous story about a woman who brought...

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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 named after a particular butterfly, and there are thousands of butterflies to choose from.  Each tag would have a picture of the real butterfly, with a bit of information about it.  What a wonderful caftan collection it was going to be!  Blues and golds...

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