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Three Flea Market Buttons

Well, it’s summer, and summer mornings–Sundays especially, to me mean going to the nearby flea market in Lambertville, New Jersey. I wander up and down the aisles–under the shady pavillion and out on the wider sunny area and I do … Continue reading

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Fitness Class

♫Maybe you know some little places to go to where they never close . . .” (downtown . . .  2, 3, 4) Listen to the music of the traffic of the city” . . 1,2,3,4) “Linger on the sidewalk … Continue reading

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Patio Pots—-Thriller, a Filler, and a Spiller

There you have it–the formula for your patio pots or planters.  Find a thriller–a showpiece for color or pizzazz like my red geranium.  Then use a “filler”–I used Dracena spike–and it looks pretty good (when it’s not gale force winds!) … Continue reading

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A Good Choice by Ann Hallum

Oh, my goodness!  talk about “armchair travel”!  The author has a sure hand as she carries us along with Bella, who is traveling in Europe on business for her New York fashion company.  We open in Paris and she has … Continue reading

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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

This was the book club selection for May.  It was the National Book Award winner in 2012.  It’s generally a reflection of the author’s take on the devastating effect of the recession on American business and workers. Alan Clay and … Continue reading

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Dead Wake by Erik Larson

If you are happily contemplating a cruise vacation in the near future this might not be the book you want to read right now! It’s the story of the last Atlantic crossing of the Cunard luxury liner in 1915 from … Continue reading

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Lincoln: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Aha—the book club selection for March . . .  remember March?  Well, we met and discussed (what we had read of ) the book.  I had read to page 503 of 783 pages and stopped.  One member only read it … Continue reading

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The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Settle back for a visit with Isabel Archer for 623 pages–but then, who’s counting? Isabel has been  brought to England from Albany NY (!) by an aunt, Mrs. Touchette, and as the book opens, she has arrived at Gardencourt—a lovely … Continue reading

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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

This book was the National Book Award Winner in 2009.  But, more to the point, it is a book our granddaughter claimed to be the best she ever read.  She  is twenty years old and in college and I decided … Continue reading

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Heaven Sent by Helena Rubenstein

When I was out button shopping last week at my favorite antiques group shop, (The Peoples Store, in Lambertville, New Jersey), I was looking in the glass cases downstairs and spied–really *spied* an old bottle that threw me back to … Continue reading

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