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A Parents Guide To Yallfest 2016

I originally wrote this piece in 2015 after attending Yallfest the year before for the first time with my then 16 year old daughter.  I wanted to resurrect it and post it again since it is time for Yallfest for another year. My daughter is now in her first year of college and I have to say this is one of my favorite things we did together in her High School years. If you are not familiar with YALLfest you are probably asking yourself What is YALLfest 2016? YALLfest is one of-if not the largest young adult book events…

Wisdom Found In The Pause-Joie’s Gift…Book Review

I just finished reading Wisdom Found In The Pause Joie’s Gift by Barbara Techel.  This book was about quieting your mind to find your path in life as we go through transition, It is Barbara’s story about losing her beloved dachshund Joie so soon after she adopted her and the following soul searching she needed to do to not only deal with her grief, but to find a new purpose in her life. I have know the author for many years since we went to College together for the same Associates Degree,  We lost track of…

Two Lessons I Learned From My Paris Trip

Could Paris live up to my high expectations? Now that I’ve been back home from my second trip to Paris for nearly a month I can sit back and think about the lessons I learned from my Paris trip. There were a few things I was concerned about before I left for Paris.  Mainly, will it live up to the expectations that I had?  I built Paris up in my mind so much that I was worried that it would not be the magical place I remembered from the first time around.  Since this was the first time…

Coping With Starting Over Again

I am now in my second week of my new job.  Although last week I had training for 4 days I guess you can’t really count that. I am going through all sorts of emotions as I begin this new journey. Fear is a very real one.  Starting over at any age can be a scary thing, but beginning a new job at 53 is down right frightening.  I find my mind just does not retain information as well as it did at 25.  I feel I have to work harder to prove myself.  Maybe that is all…

Shopping Day In Paris

Paris and shopping go together and that is just a plain fact.  I first fell in love with Paris many years ago  simply because I loved fashion and Paris is the fashion capitol of the world.  That was my first reason for wanting to visit this city.  Seeing all those stylish French women in pictures in magazines and on TV made me long to be them.  If only someday I could visit Paris maybe some of that style would rub off on me. Well whether or not that has happened after two trips to Paris is debatable.  I try and…

How I Fell For The Charms Of A Montmartre Artist

No, there’s nothing unscrupulous about that title.  Anyone who has been to Paris and went to visit Sacre Coure and Montmartre know about the artists that wander around Place Du Tetre very willing to do your sketch for half price.  These are the charming men who will do your sketch in about 15 minutes while they flirt and flatter the ladies into believing that they are the most beautiful thing on earth and worthy enough to take a rightful place next to the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. So on day five of our Paris trip we we…

A Visit To The Eiffel Tower-Day 4

What is the one thing you have to do when you visit Paris?  A visit to the Eiffel Tower of course!  The only decision you have to make is to go to the top or not. I tried to purchase tickets for the summit before I left home the week before.  Mistake!  I took a chance and waited and paid the price by needing to stand in line to purchase those tickets at the site.  In the end it was okay.  Yes, we waited in line about an hour to get our tickets, but once we got them the wait…

When In Paris Do A Wine Tasting

Paris Day 4 After the whirlwind of day 3 and all the things Renee and I did, day 4 was a light day.  Although it didn’t seem  like it at the time.  The only thing I had actually planned ahead of time was our wine tasting lunch at O Chateau.  Located in the 1st Arrondisment just 5 minutes from the Louvre, O Chateau is founded by the famous Oliver Magny.  If you are not familiar with him, just pick up a copy of his books Stuff Parisians Like or the most recent Into Wine.  I have both books…

Paris-Day 3 Part II And Letting Life Get In The Way

I absolutely had the best intentions to write an excerpt on my trip to Paris almost everyday.  It seems like Paris was so long ago already. Life has gotten in the way.  Monday morning I began what was 3 days of training for my USPS Rural Carrier job.  This was held in Milwaukee.  Luckily I was able to crash at my friend Beverly’s place for a couple of nights to save some time on the commute.  On Thursday I reported to our Post Office and delivered a partial route.  I was like a deer in the headlights!  I…

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