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Turkey Notes

When I remember Thanksgiving at my Bawby's and Zady's house, some of my favorite parts were the visuals, and the warmth. The gorgeously set dining table that - to the little girl I was - seemed to stretch on forever…

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My Boyfriend's Locker

All my life, people have laughed at my klutziness, but I never understood why until a friend stopped laughing long enough to tell me, "I'm sorry, but it's because you look so sophisticated that it's almost comedic."

To which another…

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A White Purse Without A Green Gun On it

Have you ever looked at who you were as a child, and felt like you were looking in a mirror? Because you're basically the same person you were then? And because you've returned to doing what you loved back then…

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The Lipstick That Could Change My Life

I'll never forget standing beside a friend in Woolworths, mesmerized by a makeup display of gleaming gold tubes of tangerine colored gloss. Mesmerized, and longing to buy a Tangee Lipstick so badly. Because it was Tangee, the lipstick for seventh…

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Growing Up - Scenes From A Sitcom

Have you ever looked back at vignettes of your childhood, and teen years, and thought they looked like scenes from a sitcom? Or said, "Awww", because even as an adult you still feel exactly the same at times?

I'm going…

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Even In My Dreams!

Last night, I dreamed that a group of people looked at me with total disdain, and nodded in agreement as one woman sneered, "You didn't even cook - you made instant potatoes out of a box! And now the whole…

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Learning To Fly

Sometimes I feel like a square peg without even a round hole. So I keep on carving my own. Sometimes it feels pioneering, liberating, and very, very brave. But other times? The loneliness inside rears its head, and makes me…

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Dear, dear Mercury Retrograde...

Dear, dear Mercury Retrograde....

Yesterday, I laughingly texted a friend, "As frustrating as Mercury Retrograde can be, I'm almost going to miss it when it leaves tomorrow. 'Cause ironically, I get so much good writing done when it's here. And…

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Parallel Magic

New York City is like a vein running through me. It's a road to who I am, who I was, and the Joanie I will always be. An energy that breathes life into my soul. And a heartbeat that lives…

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Frosting

When I was growing up, I felt that I was like frosting without the cake - and not great frosting at that! I knew that I was pretty because I saw it in the mirror sometimes. (Although I felt that…

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Me In A Sound Bite

If you asked me to describe myself in a sound bite, I'd tell you, "My soul is my bottom line - and I'm not even joking!"
 

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The Amber, the Sand, and the Light

At Laguna Beach, while happily playing in the amber light in the waves, I noticed that the amber in my ring refused to play along. Like a pouty child, it sulked even in the brilliance of the sun; and…


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