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    Difficult Times

    difficult foggy road

    I am sorry that I have not been posting on this blog but I have been going through some very difficult times lately. This Year Has Been Difficult My mother died. We were very close. In the last few years, she did suffer from dementia, so I did have some time to prepare for her death, but it is still very hard. Dementia is a truly terrible thing. It is very difficult watching someone’s mind deteriorate. My mother loved to read, and she passed her joy of reading unto me. We loved discussing books together. The day I realized that she was unable to read anymore was a shocking day.…

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    Black Friday — From the Other Side

    Black Friday Sale

    The Dreaded Black Friday I used to work in retail and Black Fridays were like a death hole of shopping. None of the workers in my store could enjoy Thanksgiving because we were approaching the next day with fear and loathing. We had to show up on our scheduled workday before Thanksgiving and also our scheduled hours on Black Friday, or we wouldn’t get our holiday pay for Thanksgiving. In other words, if we didn’t show up on Black Friday we lost TWO days’ pay. That was our incentive to show up. My first Black Friday was by far the worst. We didn’t open until 6 a.m. but they opened…

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    Leave A Light On For Me


    We Need Some Light The last several weeks have been difficult in the New Jersey and New York areas as we recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. After two major storms last year, Hurricane Irene and the weird Snowtober storm, I learned my lesson and made sure that I did not have too many perishables in the refrigerator. On the night of the storm, the lights stayed on for longer than we had hoped. But then the lights started flickering and finally, around 9 p.m. the lights went off and we were plunged into total darkness. Since the lights did not come back until Friday, we mostly subsisted on…

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    Change Myself To Be A Better Person!

    change yourself

    If You Could Change Something About Yourself, What Would It Be? There are many things that I would change about myself. If I had to choose one thing to change about myself, right now, it would be my habit of procrastination. I always seem to dread even simple tasks, and I do not know why. There are just some things that I do not like to do, and I try to avoid them, but eventually, I know that I will have to do them, or chaos reigns. For example, while studying at the university, I was required to take math, science, and languages. These were not my best subjects –…