Food & Drink

Chocolate Pound Cake: Oh My, This Is Yummy!

Posted: 6 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Food & Drink | Read Time: 2 minutes, 54 seconds
I was not a big chocolate person growing up. I hear the gasps of astonishment but it's true. My favorite ice cream was strawberry; I preferred the licorice jellybeans in my Easter basket and always chose caramel over chocolate when given a choice. The same can't be said for Marty. He loves chocolate. He loves chocolate ice cream, chocolate bars, hot chocolate and chocolate cake. This is one of thos...
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Life Management

Finding A Home For Your Books

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 3 minutes, 48 seconds
"When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes." ~Desiderius ErasmusI'm a book person. Books are my friends, mentors and teachers; every book that entered my home found its own special place. I didn't loan out my friends or give them away. My books were always at my fingertips in the event I wanted to research a favorite passage or...
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The Fourth Quarter

Monday Musings

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: The Fourth Quarter | Read Time: 2 minutes, 18 seconds
Spring fever has a grip on me. The browns, blacks and whites of winter have been replaced with the primary colors of spring. Lemon yellow tulips, azure skies and spring green leaves lift my spirit and call to me to head out of doors.  After such a long, cold winter it's good to see the return of milder temperatures. I hope you forgive me for putting on hold our discussion o...
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Life Management

Living In New York

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 14 seconds
[ West Community Garden cared for by a passionate group of volunteers]Today I am going to take a break from posting about planning for the Fourth Quarter to write about living in New York City.  I'm not one of those (transplanted) New Yorkers who believes the City is the epicenter of the world but I do understand why most of the
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Our Aging Parents

African Violets And My Mom

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 2 minutes, 9 seconds
My mom was not an outdoors person. She did not garden, camp or participate in water sports. Like many of the families in the 1950's and 1960's, Mom tossed the salad in the kitchen while Dad grilled the steaks in the backyard. She did not venture out into the wilds of the backyard. Mom firmly believed that her children were born for the sole purpose of mowing the lawn, weeding, swe...
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The Fourth Quarter

Finding Balance: Living In The Moment And Planning For The Future

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: The Fourth Quarter | Read Time: 2 minutes, 41 seconds
Recently a family member asked for advice on how to balance living fully in the moment with planning for the future. This question brought to mind the days when my kids were still young and in school. More than one Sunday evening Matthew or Kathryn declared that a book report, a difficult to source poster board or a dozen cupcakes wa...
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