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Celebrating Not-Yet Day

I woke up at 2 A.M. on Monday morning smelling smoke, which is never a good thing. Smoke detectors were all silent, but still. It's not like you can just roll over and go back to sleep. I got up, checked the house, then opened the front door onto a hazy and empty street.  Read More 
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Don't Ask

My Facebook page just now nudged me with its permanent "What's on your mind?" query but it actually caught my attention today for some reason. Well, hey there, Facebook, glad you asked. Hurricane Irene's headed for the east coast with friends of mine in its path, I'm a New Orleanian, this coming Monday morning will be  Read More 
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Invited To a Wedding

Dan and Lily are getting married this afternoon at four-thirty but I'm not sure I'll attend. I want to. It's not often I get invited to a wedding where the couple already has a seven-year-old daughter. Will she be the flowergirl? I'd love to find out. But it's blowtorchy-hot outside, and I'll have to  Read More 
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Women Watching Football

"We might can go to Carol's..." Lolo suggested last Friday afternoon. We'd been discussing which bar to visit that night for the very first 2011 pre-season Saints game, Lolo unwilling to watch it alone. And me always up for football and alcohol. Not necessarily in that order.

"Carol's" isn't a bar, it's our good  Read More 
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Swan Lake and Birkenstocks

Ballerinas can be anorexic, yes. No news here. A notably rude customer at my day job is definitely one, skeletal and late-fortysomething. Her age probably bugs her, with possible hunger pangs also enhancing a scorpion's personality. My friend Lolo mutters "Somebody feed this woman" whenever we see her come rocketing through the door because we  Read More 
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La Vie En Facebook

I feel so inadequate in this Facebook era, with dear old friends resurfacing after forty years and me not knowing what to say. "How've you been?" and "What're you doing now?" doesn't even begin to serve as an ice-breaker, and I'm even more helpless when someone asks similar things of me. I guess it's  Read More 
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Mindless Bodies

It's a much better morning here today, now that I've learned of Betty Holloway's improvement. Whew! She still has a long way to go, but it's clear that she's turned a corner. She's out of the ICU and able to recognize her daughter again, which is huge. It's horrifying when your mother doesn't know who  Read More 
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