What’s in your drawers?


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I've been writing a lot lately about renewing old friendships. On Wednesday, in fact, I challenged readers to contact someone they haven't seen in over ten years. Have you done this yet? I'm going to my college homecoming next weekend where members of my graduating class will be celebrating our thirty-fifth year out of school. I should find some long-lost friends there. Friendships aren't the only things we can renew. As writers, I dare say, we all have manuscripts, short stories, scripts, songs, poems--something--we haven't looked at in years. Most of us hide them in drawers, so we aren't constantly reminded of these old projects. Why not open your drawers (or slide the boxes from under your bed) and pull out a work-in-progress you've previously discarded? It might be as…
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Roommate Reunion — 223


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On my way home Dina’s funeral Sunday, I had a layover in the city where my college roommate lives. We've talked on the phone and e-mailed, but haven't seen each other in over twenty, maybe twenty-five years. I first met Linda Ann when we were six or seven and attended the same dance school; let me amend that--the only dance school in our county. We lived in different towns about twenty miles apart, and I'm guessing we were six or seven. I don't think we were in the same dance class, but we did recitals together and were aware of the other's existence. Our paths next crossed during a high school typing tournament (not much to do in rural Alabama counties). The summer after I graduated from high school (1973)…
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Old friends, new friends, forever friends


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  As you know if you read my blog, my friend, Dina D’Gerolamo, passed away recently and her funeral mass was Saturday in New Orleans. From my immediate circle of friends, five drove from Nashville and three of us utilized Southwest. The first van of “drivers” timed it perfectly and picked us up from the airport before going to our hotel to check in. We'd gotten suites so we would have living areas to hang out. Our initial destination after freshening up (dressing to go out) was Dina’s favorite bar, Daiquiris, where we met a group of her high school friends, others from Nashville, and sorority sisters—from both her collegiate and alumnae chapters. Some we already knew, some we didn't. After drinks, part of the group went to restaurants near the bar.…
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RIP Dina D’Gerolamo


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This is the second consecutive Friday I've taken a "day off" due to the death of a friend. I'm on my way to New Orleans with several Nashville friends for Dina's Memorial Mass tomorrow. [caption id="attachment_4388" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Sorority friends gather for annual holiday dinner at Dina's"][/caption]         Dina is on bottom right (red jacket); I'm top left (pink) A quote from Dina's Facebook page: Life is too short to wake up with regrets  Love the people who treat you right Forget about the ones who don't Believe everything happens for a reason If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands If it changes your life, let it ♥ [caption id="attachment_4385" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Photo taken by Dina the weekend before she died"][/caption]   Until…
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I hurt all over


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  Of course my heart hurts from the loss of my friend, Dina D'Gerolamo, but the rest of my body hurts too . . . About a year ago, I joined a tap group of ladies in their 50's, 60's, and 70's. (Yes, 70's!) We do an annual recital in June with the little kiddies, a big-time competition in December and fill in with other events throughout the year. Last night we danced at a United Way celebration held at Nashville's largest mall. After a two-hour rehearsal on Sunday, a three-hour lesson/rehearsal on Monday, and performing last night absolutely every part of my body hurts. Yesterday I woke up in the middle of the night with a severe leg cramp. I kept it wrapped in a heating pad much of…
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Friends and loss


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In my prior life (first marriage), I lived in a medium-sized town in northeast Alabama. This was my home for over fifteen years—I’ve been gone for sixteen. Even so, I feel most of my closest friends are from my former hometown. Back then, I had seven primary groups of friends with some crossover from one group to another. My then-husband was a physician and I was active in the Medical Auxiliary. Two other groups were social clubs or Krewes. The sole focus of each was to throw a big party once a year. Revelers traditionally held its bash the last Friday before Lent; the Maskers' ball was the first Friday after Easter. I saw my tennis friends almost daily during temperate weather. My co-advisors for a nearby college sorority I…
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Time off for good behavior


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Hubby and I are out-of-state to be with a friend whose husband died a week ago. Today, I'm going to spend my time visiting with friends rather than creating a post. I'm sure you'll understand. Have a grand weekend. See you Monday. ~Kay RIP Tom Parsons
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Pain and more pain


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Here I sit with an ice pack around my waist and another one under my bottom as I roll my feet over a frozen water bottle. Oh, the life of a “senior” tapper. The tap troupe to which I belong, the Tap N Dolls, is aged 53 to 76. One might think compensation would be given due to our age, but not with a 64-year-old former Rockette as our choreographer and teacher. Here are a couple of short videos of the group before I joined them.  Chorus Line Mambo # 5 We have an upcoming performance for United Way next week and our three to four hour practice sessions not only consist of preparation for the show, but also learning not one, but two new dances for future functions. In addition, we're…
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Monday Meanderings


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I didn’t make good choices for myself yesterday. First, I read the newspaper including every word of the 9/11 accounts. Then I caught up on my blog reading. Because I follow blogs of authors, agents, and editors—quite a few located in NYC—there were numerous accounts of where-I-was, what-I-saw, and what-I-did ten years ago. The most poignant for me was that of Meg Cabot. Wow! Though I’d blogged about the 9/11 memorials on Friday, I’d not seen pictures until I read today’s paper. I love how pools with fountains were built on the footprint of each of the twin towers. Around the base of each pool are bronze parapets inscribed with the names of victims. Surrounding the North Pool are the names of those from WTC North, Flight 11 and the six…
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In memory of 9/11


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  When I was eighteen, I visited the World Trade Center. If I remember correctly, there was a restaurant near the top and the study group I traveled with had lunch there. I thought it was big-time cool the tower we were in was so tall we had to take two elevators to get all the way to the top. (It didn’t take much to impress this small-town girl.) I returned to NYC several times in the years that followed, but it wasn’t until 2007, that I went back to that historic spot with its new name—Ground Zero. It’s impossible to explain the emotions I experienced when I saw the humongous hole in the ground or as I walked through a church where artifacts and photos were lovingly displayed. I…
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