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Apr.16.2014
World Book Night is rapidly approaching; in a week to be exact, at least half a million books will be given away to light and non-readers in the United States and the United Kingdom.  I am counting down the days because I am privileged to be a giver again.  This will be the third year...
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Apr.08.2014
I'm no Katie Couric.  I am not rich, famous, or any of the other adjectives that are applied to her, but I understand her zeal for reminding others about colonoscopies. More about them later because first I have a cautionary tale to share about colon cancer. A good friend is dying of colon...
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Apr.06.2014
There are things that get stuck in my brain or keep me thinking long after I should let them go.  Things that give me pause, if you will.  This weekend a few have occurred to me, and thus this blog off the top of my head. 1) I thought I knew all about Black Friday in the retail sector....
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Apr.05.2014
New Year’s resolutions are generally difficult to keep especially if it requires a great deal of change on the part of the resolver.  I could discuss the Transtheoretical Model of change, but I don't wish to digress. My resolutions are not quite like that, but still take some energy on my part...
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Mar.20.2014
This is the last of the guest blogs by Red Room author Rob Smith, who also happens to be my husband.  Today, he covers the letters X, Y, and Z.  Originally, he posted one every day at Facebook after our return from our Road Scholar trip to New Zealand.  I have posted them here...
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Mar.19.2014
This is another guest blog from Red Room author Rob Smith (author of nine novels including the two-in-one novel Shrader Marks: Keelhouse) that he originally posted in twenty-six installments on his Facebook page.  Today's blog about our recent trip to New Zealand covers the letters V and W....
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Mar.18.2014
Only a few more letters to go on the guest blogs about our adventures in New Zealand from Red Room author Rob Smith.  I hope it is obvious that we both enjoyed our visit to this country down under.  Per usual, to see the photographs that go along with the commentary, click on the links...
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Mar.16.2014
In the continuing series of guest blogs from Red Roomer (and husband) Rob Smith, here are his latest thoughts about the recent trip we made to New Zealand. Per usual, to see the photographs that go along with the commentary, check out the links or go directly to his Facebook page. Rob Smith: "P"...
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Mar.14.2014
New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep beyond the first weeks, or often days, of the year, but choosing a resolution or two that one is motivated to do makes it easier. This pedometer geek has three major resolutions and so far, I have been moderately successful in two of them, and not at all...
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Mar.13.2014
Just a few more guest blog posts to be done from Red Roomer (and husband) Rob Smith on our recent trip to New Zealand. Per usual, for the photographs that goes along with the commentary, check out the links within or check out his Facebook page for all twenty-six of them. Rob Smith: "M" is for "...
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Mar.10.2014
This is another guest blog in the series that my husband, fellow Red Roomer, and author Rob Smith wrote about the other land down under, New Zealand. (Never confuse New Zealand with Australia...they get very upset about that.  Australia was settled by convicts while New Zealand never was.) To...
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Mar.07.2014
Continuing the guest blog about our recent trip to New Zealand from the perspective of my husband (and fellow Red Roomer) Rob Smith, here are the next three letters of the alphabet sans photographs.  To see the photographs that go along to the text, go to his Facebook page via my page (there...
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Mar.06.2014
Again, as promised, here is another guest blog from Red Roomer (and husband) Rob Smith about our recent trip to New Zealand.  Again, check out his page on Facebook to see the photos that go along with the text of his ABCs of NZ. Rob Smith: "D" is for "Defense. During WWII twenty thousand U.S...
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Mar.05.2014
This is a guest blog; Rob Smith, fellow Red Roomer and my husband, wrote a series of posts on Facebook about our recent Road Scholar trip to New Zealand.  He also posted photographs that he took while there.  While I won't post the photos (see them all on his Facebook page, Robert Smith...
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Feb.22.2014
Just another quick post to get some of the thoughts out of my head.  Nothing too earth shaking although when my husband and I were visiting New Zealand's South Island in January, there was an earthquake with the magnitude of 6.2 in Wellington, their capital (located on the North Island, but I...
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