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Does Art Imitate Life? Uh-oh!

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger I can always count on my sons to introduce a provocative topic into the conversation, one that almost always makes me think about things a little differently. For example, one night we were discussing movies and they asked if I could name any that passed The Bechdel […]

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For Her Age

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger In Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl, title character Amy Elliott Dunne was a “golden girl,” growing up with every advantage, including good looks and wealth. As the story unfolds, she experiences a rather startling moment of clarity when she is described as “attractive, for her age.” She […]

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Happy Memorial Day

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The “Joys” of Boarding

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger I’m in Chicago, waiting to board my flight. The “depultures”* are circling, and the gate attendant is about to begin to “pre-board”(?) travelers deemed worthy to enter the aircraft before everyone else. Near the gate, a pole has a ridiculous sign at the top that shows two […]

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12 Things I Love about Spring

Yes, it’s high spring here in Pennsylvania, and last night after dinner, as I was drifting off to sleep on my outdoor couch, I started making a mental list of all the things I love about this special season: 1.    The air smells sweet. Yesterday, a woman who works mostly in New York came into […]

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Hello, Redesign!

Welcome to the new redesign of my blog, Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen. It was time to re-decorate, clean things up a bit, organize the drawers, and freshen the place up. It’s cool to see how things have changed and evolved. I remember the first person I told I was thinking about calling the blog Maria’s […]

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Fans Are Made, Not Born

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger It’s finally spring (fingers crossed), and that can only mean two things: I may soon have to appear in public wearing shorts, and the endless, soul-sucking, heart-breaking baseball season is underway. I take no joy in either one, but I find myself particularly unenthused about the latter, […]

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It’s Going to Be Fine

Today was one of those days when I find myself reassuring everyone around me that it’s going to be fine. Everything is going to be fine, I said at least 10 times. OK, maybe five of those times I was talking to myself. It’s the day before a Very Big Meeting, and everyone is worried […]

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