Now I know that this is a strange title, so let me tell you about it so you will understand. I have noticed of late how often someone will begin to answer a question and begin by saying So! Have you also noticed this, well I bet you will now! Think back to the last Presidential Campaign and how every time you heard Bernie Sanders say, HUGE! Then we heard it said that way by almost everyone! That word like many others are a catchword, (a briefly popular or fashionable word or phrase used to encapsulate a particular concept). I really find it interesting how such words become catchwords! So, listen up and see if you notice all the So and So’s next time!

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Yizkor is a memorial service which is recited on Yom Kippur as well as the last days of Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. Yizkor, which is the Hebrew word for “remember”, asks G-d to remember those we mourn and to grant them proper rest. When I light my Yahrzeit

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Candle  for all those who I’ve loved and lost, the list gets longer and longer, but I say their names all the same.

Bubby and Zayde Rosenberg
Bubby and Zayde Marenberg
Mom and Dad David and Ida Rosenberg
My sister, Arlene Segal
Aunts and Uncles;
Sam and Rae Rosenberg
Morris and Edith Rosenberg
Al and Charlotte Rosenberg, cousin Alan
Aunt Ann Rosenberg
Uncle Ruby Marenberg
Uncle Art and Aunt Lil Klee
Uncle Bill and Aunt Etty Arden
Uncle Louie Marenberg and his two daughters, Benay Mock and Marsha Powers
My Mother-in-law Pearl Hansen
Aunt Betty and Uncle Memo
And everyone who has in any way touched my life and heart!

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Dream Home

I think we all have our own idea of a dream home, well so do I after seeing this house! Did you go look at it yet? OK, here is the description maybe that will make you want to see it. Located on a quiet tree lined street in the gated Village Grove area of La Cita, this immaculate home has a covered screen porch & a 33 x 12 screened patio with an in-ground spa w/colored lights & new pool heater. Your view beyond is a pond w/turtles, fish & birds. The first floor has an eat-in kitchen w/stainless appliances & 2 pantries, a formal dining area, a great room with soaring ceilings, wood floors, fireplace & a large master bedroom with new laminate floors, a bath w/2 vanities, Jacuzzi tub & a walk-in closet. There is all new interior paint & new carpeting in the 2nd story loft & 2 upstairs bedrooms. Your company will love the guest bedroom & bath with Jacuzzi tub & adjoining sitting area. This is a lovely, light, bright home w/a great outdoor living area to enjoy nature’s beauty! It is located in Titusville, Florida! This can be mine for a mere $239, 000! If only! But it is fun to dream!

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Backward 13

Must be time for another entry, I just noticed my last one was on the 13th and today is the 31st! That being said, I’ve got nothing to go with it! Just a regular Friday around here! But Tomorrow is a whole other story. This is not an April Fools day joke, we might get a new (only it’s old) car! I am not telling all about it so I don’t Jinx the deal. But rest assured I will shout it out with glee if  we do get it! So come back tomorrow and see what happened!

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Happy National Napping Day

So how do these days get their start on the calendar? Ok, now that’s out, what would you call your day? Now that we have solved that issue, we can now move on to another topic today and it’s only 1 word. SNOW! Happy Days, not so much today. I think I’ll hide under the blankets and sleep today!

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“You May Want to Marry My Husband;”

Did you see this story on GMA this morning? Well, just in case you missed it, I want to share it with you now! I know most of my readers won’t click on the links I provide, so here is the story in print for you.

I have been trying to write this for a while, but the morphine and lack of juicy cheeseburgers (what has it been now, five weeks without real food?) have drained my energy and interfered with whatever prose prowess remains. Additionally, the intermittent micronaps that keep whisking me away mid-sentence are clearly not propelling my work forward as quickly as I would like. But they are, admittedly, a bit of trippy fun.

Still, I have to stick with it, because I’m facing a deadline, in this case, a pressing one. I need to say this (and say it right) while I have a) your attention, and b) a pulse.

I have been married to the most extraordinary man for 26 years. I was planning on at least another 26 together.

Want to hear a sick joke? A husband and wife walk into the emergency room in the late evening on Sept. 5, 2015. A few hours and tests later, the doctor clarifies that the unusual pain the wife is feeling on her right side isn’t the no-biggie appendicitis they suspected but rather ovarian cancer.

As the couple head home in the early morning of Sept. 6, somehow through the foggy shock of it all, they make the connection that today, the day they learned what had been festering, is also the day they would have officially kicked off their empty-nestering. The youngest of their three children had just left for college.

So many plans instantly went poof.

No trip with my husband and parents to South Africa. No reason, now, to apply for the Harvard Loeb Fellowship. No dream tour of Asia with my mother. No writers’ residencies at those wonderful schools in India, Vancouver, Jakarta.

No wonder the word cancer and cancel look so similar.

This is when we entered what I came to think of as Plan “Be,” existing only in the present. As for the future, allow me to introduce you to the gentleman of this article, Jason Brian Rosenthal.

He is an easy man to fall in love with. I did it in one day.

Let me explain: My father’s best friend since summer camp, “Uncle” John, had known Jason and me separately our whole lives, but Jason and I had never met. I went to college out east and took my first job in California. When I moved back home to Chicago, John — who thought Jason and I were perfect for each other — set us up on a blind date.

It was 1989. We were only 24. I had precisely zero expectations about this going anywhere. But when he knocked on the door of my little frame house, I thought, “Uh-oh, there is something highly likable about this person.”

By the end of dinner, I knew I wanted to marry him.

Jason? He knew a year later.

I have never been on Tinder, Bumble or eHarmony, but I’m going to create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of coexisting in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days.

First, the basics: He is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and hazel eyes.

The following list of attributes is in no particular order because everything feels important to me in some way.

He is a sharp dresser. Our young adult sons, Justin and Miles, often borrow his clothes. Those who know him — or just happen to glance down at the gap between his dress slacks and dress shoes — know that he has a flair for fabulous socks. He is fit and enjoys keeping in shape.

If our home could speak, it would add that Jason is uncannily handy. On the subject of food — man, can he cook. After a long day, there is no sweeter joy than seeing him walk in the door, plop a grocery bag down on the counter, and woo me with olives and some yummy cheese he has procured before he gets to work on the evening’s meal.

Jason loves listening to live music; it’s our favorite thing to do together. I should also add that our 19-year-old daughter, Paris, would rather go to a concert with him than anyone else.

When I was working on my first memoir, I kept circling sections my editor wanted me to expand upon. She would say, “I’d like to see more of this character.”

If you would like to read how this story ends, go here.

 Could you do this for your spouse?

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Think again……!

Think again, is what we old folks do!
Day after day, we think about what was.
And we think about those memories all over again.
We try to pick just the good ones,
But every now and again a bad one slips in.
We make new memories also,
but the old ones just take over our brain!
Ah, those were the days, the good and the bad.
It seems as though life was so laid back then.
No electronic gadgets or Gizmo‘s.
So the next time you see an old person sitting on the porch,
Stop by with your hoverboard and say Hi! We would like that!

It sure would make us Think again……….!

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