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A Message From My Mother

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

In recent conversations, Mom shared with me several poems she would love to be read at her service. Since we don’t know when that will be, due to travel restrictions and pandemic, I thought I’d share here. This is the first one. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep Do not stand at my […]

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Monday, March 16th, 2020

My mother, Mary Catherine Nicklas Petro, died today. She was 86 and had two types of cancer. Three years ago, she was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma — her third experience with melanoma. She began Opdivo, an immunotherapy. It was her good fortune that she fell into the 30% for whom the treatment worked. It […]

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The Soul Reaching

Monday, February 24th, 2020

“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity.” – A. Edward Newton

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English Toffee Recipe

Friday, December 13th, 2019

English Toffee 1 cup butter 1.5 cups white sugar 3 Tbsp. water 3 Tbsp. light corn syrup 2 cups toasted almonds (slivers or flakes) 8 oz. semisweet baking chocolate (bar, chips, etc.) Candy thermometer 1 qt. pot 2 qt. pot double boiler pot 13×9 inch pan cookie sheet silicone spatulas parchment paper Grease a 13 […]

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An Attachment

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

There is nothing wrong with learning, or reading and owning books. Yet I recognize in myself an attachment to a delusion that words can end my suffering. Books represent security to me — the idea that if I read enough, learn enough, I can control life. I can create safety. The awareness that I don’t […]

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Choices To Be Made

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

You find yourself disillusioned with the irrevocable personal losses: your health, your lover, your job, your hope, your dream. Your whole life is filled with losses, endless losses. And every time there are losses there are choices to be made. You choose to live your losses as passages to anger, blame, hatred, depression, and resentment, […]

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Saturday, November 9th, 2019

I’ve had this mug over 30 years. I received it as a thank-you gift for supporting my local PBS station in Syracuse. It’s one of the best things I’ve owned, in that it is lovely to look at, comfortable to hold, a just-right size, and made of a clay that retains heat. To my amazement, […]

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Polymer Clay Play

Friday, November 8th, 2019

I began a painting over a month ago, but work on it has stalled. I did a little work on it today but it frustrated me. The urge to create something was almost overwhelming, so I turned to a different medium: polymer clay. I just desperately needed to make something. The result — three Christmas […]

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Different Minds

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Autism explained well Autism explained in the most beautiful way.Created by: Alexander Amelines"Break the barriers" #autism Posted by My Gladiolus on Friday, September 6, 2019

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Thursday, October 31st, 2019

A long time ago I stopped trick-or-treating. I remember taking my brother when I was about 16, but I stopped dressing up and getting treats at age 12. My daughter is 12 this year, and her desire to roam door to door hasn’t waned, in part because I’ve been an enthusiastic participant celebrating vicariously through […]

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