Straight Flush


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Sue writes: “My girlfriends and I all learned how to play poker! It really is a fun. We play for M&M’s.  Each color has a different value. Seriously, none of us wants to part with real money.” (Click here to see what others have checked off their ‘bucket lists’)

Heart and Clef Wires


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To date, HLOC has raised  63% of their fundraising goals to help bring their S.P.A.C.E., a multigenerational performing arts education center, to our rural community. This is a first time effort for our area and it promises to offer great resources, classes, and opportunities for residents of all ages. There’s still time to help them reach their goal. No donation …

Ducks Swimming in Marsh

They’re Back!

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When my husband retired, he had a number of projects in mind. First off? He attacked the back third of our one acre lot and managed to clear away all of the fence-to-fence blackberry bushes that had been growing for decades. Next, since it had always been the low corner where water collected all winter, we decided to try for …

Violin Sculpture

A Difficult Subject


Dear Tracey, This is a grim letter to write but I feel I must. I need advice from someone outside of my family. My mother, a widow for the last 15 years, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is 80 and has all of her mental faculties, which somehow makes this even harder. She is very afraid of her …

Alaskan Lake


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Mary writes: “I just made reservations for an Alaskan cruise this summer. I’ve been waiting around for someone to go with me for too long. Really, what am I waiting for? Very excited and feeling sort of free!” (Click here to see what others have checked off their ‘bucket lists’)

Post-its of Generosity

Rosa’s Pizza & Kindness

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The next time you’re in Philadelphia, make it a point to stop by Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, which just may get my vote for the best pay-it-forward pizza parlor in town. Ever since 2014, when one of their customers bought a slice of pizza to give to a  homeless man, Rosa’s has made it a practice to do the exactly the …

Books to Read

I can’t stop …

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I don’t know about you but I can’t seem to keep up with all of the reading I want to do. My nightstand is piled high with different books and darn if I didn’t just download another one to my e-reader. Sometimes I have a few going at the same time … which  I don’t recommend. A friend mentions a …

Forest Bridge

Hometown Vacation


I have to be honest, I approached this post believing I would simply be encouraging you to explore wherever you live during what can be a couple of bleak winter months … weather permitting! In my last post, I gave you plenty of examples of ‘things to do” here where I live in northern California; Humboldt County to be exact. …

Back to School Bookshelf

College Freshman

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Stephanie writes: “It’s a brand new year and one I’m not going to forget. It’s been nearly forty years since I graduated from high school and next week I will become a first time college student. I’m really nervous but I’ll just take it one day at a time and hope I do okay. This has been on my Bucket …

In a Pickle

The Millionaire

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Do you remember that television show from the fifties, “The Millionaire”? A polite man would arrive at a stranger’s door and award them one million dollars. The generous  benefactor he represented always insisted on anonymity. The recipients were shocked, some thoroughly confused. Most did not believe their good fortune. But what they did with the money was the real focus …