Random Thoughts

Death, Life, and Rebirth

I have a friend on Facebook who is slowly dying. He announced his terminal cancer diagnosis a few months ago, and since then his friends have been rallying around him. On Facebook, he’s been posting pictures of trips to the beach, his favorite drinks at the bar, heartbreaking photos of him and his mom, and […]

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A Blow to Independence Day

Photo: (cc) Mark Fischer/Flickr, license from Creative Commons 2.0 by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels On Monday morning I was planning to dash off some fun, fluffy Independence Day blog for today (fireworks! sparklers!). Then the Supreme Court handed down the sort of ruling you wouldn’t expect in America, […]

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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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