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Retro Cocktail Recipe of the Month

Writing The In Crowd has had me immersed in midcentury culture, and nothing epitomized the 50s and early 60s like the classic cocktail.  Since I love a good cocktail as much as the next person, I thought that each month, … Continue reading

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Chill the F— Out

Two weeks into the new year, and already I’m falling behind.  This blog was supposed to be up this morning. I’m going to take a deep breath, however and not stress out over one late blog post. After all, I’m … Continue reading

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The Great Northeast Blackout of 1965

On November 9, 1965, the 80,000 square miles of the northeastern United States went dark. It began at 5:16 when a surge in in electrical demand tripped a relay switch at a power station near Niagara Falls.  Cut off from … Continue reading

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Top Reads of 2021

Since it’s the first week of January, I thought I would kick off the New Year by putting a bow on 2021.  From January through December, I read 35-40 books. (Truth be told, a lot were research books which I … Continue reading

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Wishing You the Happiest of Holidays

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Emotionally Feeding Yourself

I have a friend who is very good at feeding herself emotionally. That is, when she needs sympathy, support, or encouragement, she has no problem reaching out to get what she needs. I, on the other hand, being the product … Continue reading

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This Month’s Recommended Reads

Phew! November was quite a month. When I look back, I did a lot more reading than I thought.  Probably to make up for the lack of reading in October. December is looking like a light reading month as well, … Continue reading

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The 26 Days of Encouragement

November 28 was the first day of Advent, which, for Christians, is a season of love and light.  Coincidentally, it was also the first day of Chanukah, or The Festival of Lights. This convergence couldn’t be more perfect because for … Continue reading

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Barb’s Holiday Gift Ideas for Writers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….. We’ve all seen them, those lists of writer gift ideas with suggestions like literary jewelry or a writing themed coffee mug. While I’m as big a fan of writer-themed presents as anyone, … Continue reading

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Bits and Barbs

A sampling of things currently capturing my interest. What I’m Watching Only Murders in the Building – This 10-week whodunit is as much about letting go of the past as it is about finding a murderer.  Steve Martin, Selena Gomez … Continue reading

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