The other day I was reading a post in an online magazine Better After 50, about learning new things, and in the comment section was a question about using chopsticks. There were also instructions, as well as a video about folding fitted sheets. No doubt you’ve seen one of them but just in case, here […]

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  • January 26, 2015 - 10:05 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Another good story Nancy. I too have taught many people to use chopsticks, but then have two adopted daughters from Korea, so we got folks used to the idea right from the get-go. People did get into it. I’ve never heard of the online magazine better after 50 but shall check it out, all except, on how to fold fitted sheets, that is. I keep a pretty clean house and hardly need anything further to add on a neurosis!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2015 - 3:31 am

    Pretty Wellness - What’s funny is that I actually know how to use chopsticks, but I was so curious how to articulate it. You did a great job and I enjoyed reading the post.ReplyCancel

Sometimes I must make heroic sacrifices in the name of research, and I made one such sacrifice this week. In case you haven’t heard Dunkin Donuts has come out with a version of Dominique Ansel’s Cronut. As you know a little over a year ago I tried the original, and then tried a version from my favorite […]

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  • January 22, 2015 - 7:11 am

    Michelle - It’s kind that you suffer so that we don’t have to. Haha.

    And now I want a donut. I’d be happy with the apple spice, though.
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    • January 22, 2015 - 8:07 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Yes, Michelle, that’s what we martyrs do :)ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2015 - 7:32 am

    Kelly - And now I know…thank you! I was wondering about them. You have alleviated that temptation. :-) Thank you.
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    • January 22, 2015 - 8:06 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Kelly, yup! My verdict, not worth the calories.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2015 - 7:38 am

    Quirky Chrissy - Definitely good to know! Thanks for handling the science so we don’t have to!ReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2015 - 8:06 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - My pleasure Chrissy!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2015 - 6:30 pm

    Tara Dunn McCollum - Thank you for taking one for the team and doing your due diligence in the name of research. I myself am waiting for the world’s largest chocolate pumpkin donut. When it arrives I will hold my head high and, for the sake of research, give it my best.ReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2015 - 1:45 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Tara, my pleasure (sort of).
      ThanksReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2015 - 9:41 pm

    Linda Roy (elleroy was here) - I’ve never tried a cronut, but I’ll make sure my virgin voyage into cronutery does not take place at DD. Thanks for the heads up, and for doing it all for us, your faithful readers. Your dedication and selflessness are a true inspiration! ;) And now I want a donut and some DD coffee!
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    • January 23, 2015 - 7:57 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Linda, it’s not easy, but it’s a burden I was willing to bear :)ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2015 - 10:20 pm

    D7ana - Awww … adding my thanks and sigh of relief.
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  Leaving is never easy, and when I finally made the decision to go, I found myself figuratively awash in a bowl of sorrows.  Concurrently I was making pottery for the first time in over twenty years, and decided to make a literal “Bowl of Sorrows” into which I would try to pour all of […]

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  • January 20, 2015 - 7:41 am

    Walker Thornton - What a beautiful, poignant story. I love the way you worked through your sorrow and applaud you for not numbing out the pain with drugs. Divorce and grief are just dammed hard. And yet we survive.
    Thank you for writing this-I am sure there is a woman out there reading who needs this right now.
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    • January 20, 2015 - 8:58 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Walker, thank you. I think that we’ve become so used to taking a pill to fix things many people forget we all have the inner resources to heal ourselves. One of my favorite lines from Eat, Pray, Love is when Elizabeth Gilbert says ‘going through a divorce is like getting in a car accident every day for three years’. So true.ReplyCancel

  • January 20, 2015 - 11:01 am

    Linda Roy (elleroy was here) - So beautiful Nancy. Such a powerful analogy.
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    • January 20, 2015 - 11:44 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Linda.ReplyCancel

  • January 20, 2015 - 3:37 pm

    Mindy Klapper Trotta - Thank you for sharing this very personal subject, Nancy. I think we all could use a bowl of sorrows at different times in our lives.ReplyCancel

    • January 20, 2015 - 11:44 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - It was very theraputic!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2015 - 6:10 am

    Jhanis - That gave me goosebumps Nancy! I saved the link when I first saw this shared on FB and I’m glad I went back to it but only because you wrote it so well. I wish I can write as beautifully!
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    • January 22, 2015 - 8:08 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Jhanis, thank you for your kind words. I love your writing too.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2015 - 8:34 am

    Sandy Weiner - Nancy, this is so beautifully written. It spoke to me, even though my divorce was not as painful. I am an artist first, a life and dating coach second. Creative projects have helped me through the toughest of life’s challenges, too. Once, when I was going through a lot of self-doubt, I created my gremlin out of clay. It went through a raku firing – intense heat, ashes, and cold water – and I came out the other side with a sense of catharsis and renewal. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt thoughts in such an elegant, vulnerable way.
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    • January 22, 2015 - 1:47 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Sandy, I love that idea of a gremlin, would love to see it!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2015 - 11:37 am

    Christine - I love the whole idea of a bowl of sorrows. I’ve heard of people writing their sorrows on bits of paper and burning them, but to me that feels like denying their impact. This makes much more sense to me.
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    • January 22, 2015 - 1:46 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Christine, I agree, carving them into something tangible like a bowl, felt right.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2015 - 7:41 pm

    Liz - This is beautiful (and so is the bowl). There are definitely times in our lives when the only way to get through what we’re dealing with is to actually trudge through it.
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    • January 22, 2015 - 8:45 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Liz, thanks for that. I agree completely. I love that card that says ‘when you’re going through hell, keep going’.ReplyCancel

I have been staring at my waffle iron since I got it, “Wanna Waffle?” it taunts me. Yes, I do, but I really need to get the whole waffle concept, and I’m a bit ashamed to admit it, I needed to take a bit of a scientific approach. I Googled, I searched, I read, I […]

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  • January 19, 2015 - 9:30 am

    Sarah @ Thank You Honey - Nancy! Really? You are always making mouth watering delicious dishes! I’m sure you are a fantastic waffle maker! Love that you made quesadillas on your waffle iron! That is a great idea!
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    • January 19, 2015 - 6:11 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Sarah, you too! The great thing about the quesadillas is no mess!ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2015 - 8:16 pm

    Rena McDaniel - I would be lost when it came to waffles too! The closest I’ve come is the one at the hampton with the styrofoam cup full of batter or egos!ReplyCancel

    • January 19, 2015 - 6:12 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Rena,
      I am working on some other ideas… we’ll see if they work out :)ReplyCancel

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