The Girlfriend Series: Cindy and Pam

You never know where you might make a friend. Cindy and I became friends when I drove through her window at the bank over twenty years ago. d could solve any problem. To listen to our StoryCorps interview, click READ MORE and then click here: Cindy and Pam. She was the friendly face, the happy…

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Staci and Thor!

I met Thor a few years ago when my sister Staci was given an amazing gift of a cat. I didn’t know she wanted a cat; however, when it came time for Thor to have a new home, Staci opened her home and her heart. At first, it was challenging as she was living in…

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The Playgroup Moms

“Okay, ladies, interview before or after dinner?” I ask as we are drinking wine and having appetizers at Anne’s more than comfortable home. To listen to our StoryCorps interview and laugh along with us, click read more and then click here: The Playgroup Moms: Friends for Life There are groans and even a, “Did we…

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A Chance Meeting: A Friendship in Writing

Cheryl arrived in a writing group I was facilitating in February 2019. It was a chance meeting which over the years have taught me many a life lesson as well as inspired me. The stories she writes resonate due to their honesty and vulnerability. To listen to our StoryCorps interview: click here: A Chance Meeting:…

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The Writer is Interviewed

It is Monday morning January 30th and I have been in hair and make-up for the last twenty minutes. I am nervous as well. However, hair and make-up (all done by me) and my jewelry and blue jean jacket give me confidence. The other bit of confidence comes from Colleen Biggs of the LEAP for…

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Pain in the Butt

Anyone who knows me understands that movement is as important to me as breathing. Any kind of movement-dancing, hiking, walking, biking, weightlifting (now also important because of osteoporosis), Pilates, yoga. Moving helps me feel healthy. Movement helps me feel alive. At this age and stage, it is as important as ever to keep moving. For…

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The Magic of the Yoga Room: Margie Koch

I am in the yoga room in Margie’s class and all of a sudden, I feel her hands on my head as if…as if she is doing a MIND MELD. To listen to our StoryCorps interview, first click: “Read More” and then click here: The Magic of the Yoga Room: Margie Koch I immediately relax…

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Janice Denham: Editor and Writer

Lucky enough to call Janice Denham my editor, I am still in awe of her talent, honesty and kindness. To listen to our StoryCorps interview, click “Read More below” and then click here: Janice Denham: Writer for Life  I had been writing S.O.S. From Suburbia a parenting column for many years by the time Janice…

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Sandy Tomey: A Girlfriend for all Time

There is much to say about this amazing woman who is loving, full of fun and adventure as well as exceptional insight. I would not be the person I am today without her friendship and love. To listen to our StoryCorps interview, click “read more” and then: Click here to listen to our StoryCorps interview:…

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Thanksgiving Girl: Cape Cod

It did not escape me that I would be spending Thanksgiving in the land of the Pilgrims, our first settlers. Cape Cod is also called Nauset which means, “At the fishing place,” or “At the place in between.” When I was first on Cape Cod years ago my friend Charlie’s family brought us to First…

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City Girl: New York City

My sister Staci and I have been taking an annual Sisters Trip to New York City for about five years together. We both love Broadway Shows, people watching, eating yummy food (I can eat my weight in New York cheesecake-really) and touring around. We find an easy rhythm when we travel. We both have creative…

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Trolley Stop Bakery

Making the world happier once cookie at a time! Open the door to Trolley Stop Bakery and you are transported back to a time gone by…it is as if you have walked into an old-fashioned bakery. Diane Wood, owner, baker, mentor, chief problem solver greets you with a huge welcoming smile, wearing a pink apron…

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Mary Ann Schreiber: Pain Management and Warrior Yogi

Mary Ann Schreiber is a Warrior. To listen to our Storycorps interview:  Click here: Mary Ann: Pain Management and Warrior Yogi. I met Mary Ann in yoga class at Lifetime. We were taking the same classes time and again and begin chatting. Good thing because she is brilliant about pain management. She was one of…

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Clare Marie Kuebler: Miss Missouri 2022

Clare Marie is our Miss Missouri 2022. To listen to our StoryCorps interview, click “read more” and then: Click here to listen to our StoryCorps Interview: Clare Marie Kuebler: Miss Missouri. Clare Marie is home-grown in Ellisville, Missouri, attending Marquette High School and The University of Missouri-Columbia as a fourth-generation education major. Listen as she…

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Meditation Circle at Blue Sage Ranch

On July 24th, the hottest day of the year in St. Louis I find myself sitting in a giant barn with one close friend, seven others I am going to get to know, including Kit Maxwell of Zenhorse and her mom Peggy as well as two GIANT rescued Mustangs. We are sitting pretty far apart…

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Beach Girl: Cape Cod

Cape Cod is one of those magical places that takes residence in your soul and your heart. While this one not my first visit, every time I am “on the Cape”, I realize how much I enjoy it. Cape Cod is the peninsula in Massachusetts that juts out into the ocean and the cities that…

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Captain John Mead: Flying Mist Charter Boat

Here is how I know about John Mead. Often my friend Chuck who lives down the street from John and his wife Debbie in Eastham on Cape Cod will say, “My neighbor had extra sea bass/sword fish/FRESH fish and brought some to me.” Yum! To listen to our StoryCorps interview, click “read more” and then:…

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Mary McDermott: Native Cape Codder

Meeting Mary is listening to walking, talking history. To listen to our Storycorps interview, click “read more” and then: Click here to listen to our Storycorps interview: Mary McDermott: Cape Cod Native I met Mary at the Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans at a Coffee Group over a year ago. Both writers we connected over…

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Glee Branstetter: Travel Nurse

I met Glee by chance sitting at the bar at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. To listen to our StoryCorps interview, click “read more” and then: Click here to listen to our StoryCorps interview: Glee Branstetter. We struck up a conversation and immediately her innate joy, cheer and yes, glee came through. I…

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Creating Community with Coffee: The Hot Chocolate Sparrow

Community is anywhere we fill comfortable, happy, seen and heard. At the Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, such a group exists. Daily, you will find members of the Coffee Group discussing life, politics, the best restaurants to try and checking in with one another. I am fortunate to have been extended…

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