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Ba Bye Short Shorts, Hello Getty!

Ba Bye - Annie Stein

Years ago, stopped at a red light, I watched an elderly gentleman cross the street eating a candy bar. Since I was the first car in line and he walked right in front of me, I could see it was a Baby Ruth and I could also see his face as he ate it. He was in heaven. The old man looked like a 10 year old boy just let […]

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Brian, Bitching and Being Authentic

Joan Didion - My Hero

(photo of Joan Didion – My Hero) This Brian Williams thing is making me queasy, almost nausea, and it’s not letting up. I got another set of jokes today and the bottom line is it’s just sad. Someone’s ego has taken them down yet again and all their real, hard earned deeds have been turned to dust and they’ve fallen from the throne into the muck. It’s actually painful to […]

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WTF, New Goals and The Better Kim!


I’ve just either raised or lowered the bar. In actuality I’ve seen the bar for what it is. The barometer of our contentment. Starting this new year, like many of you, I have goals in mind. It ‘s good and necessary to set goals for ourselves. To have something to aspire to, a job to accomplish. Years ago, I read somewhere that where many people get in trouble is when […]

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Age Related

Annie Stein Headshot

Time is like magic. You know in a magic show when the magician saws the box in half and the woman isn’t cut in half but she’s gone? Or the rabbit suddenly disappears after appearing? And the whole audience turns to each other and says where did she go or where’s the rabbit? How often do we see someone we haven’t seen since he or she was a kid, or […]

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Color Coded

multi racial babies

There’s a lesson to be learned from every situation in life; good, bad, or horrific. Sometimes more than one if you pay close attention. A dear friend of mine is in the hospital. She’s had pancreatic cancer for over two years and three weeks ago her colon burst. She’s been in the critical care unit since then and  has undergone six surgeries. Six surgeries in three weeks! She has tubes […]

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

Annie Stein

 Like many people I know I’ve just returned from dropping my daughter of at college. My youngest. My baby. The one 6 years and 10 months younger than my first daughter who I’ve always referred to as a “self cleaning oven” because her M. O. from the beginning was to self motivate and get the job done. Not so with my little puppy. Anyone with more than one child can testify […]

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August 22, 1970

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Wondering how to start this blog entry – with so much to spout about; writing the date alone solved that minor problem.  August 22nd.  On this day in 1970,  I was 19.  I stood and said I do;  That I would love, honor, and obey, the 29 (30 in September), year old man I was standing beside in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Southampton, NY. […]

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The Friendship Series

first rose

Starting out with a sob story this week, but no worries; I wont belabor it. It’s reminiscent of my disaster last summer that I chronicled on HuffPo and . Achievable if you care to make that leap! Here is a picture of my first rose of the season. They have been slow bloomers extraordinaire, my sweet roses, scaring me into fearing they might not bloom until the fall. I […]

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You Are What you Believe


“Some day you’ll look back at this picture and think how young you looked then.  My husband said this the other day as he was trying to snap a picture of me with his phone and I, yelling, “No, I look so old” was hiding my face behind a hat. A few years ago, a good friend brought over a picture of me she’d found while cleaning out an old […]

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Mother’s Day …In Africa and at Home

Annie Stein

There is a funny story I’m dying to share but sadly not today. The news from Africa this week has knocked all of the funny out of me. The first thought I had sitting down to write this morning was ENOUGH…there’s been enough written about this already this week by those far more knowledgeable than me.  Then again, new knowledge is not what I have to offer.  My second thought and […]

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