• By Marilyn Secco

Sometimes good things just happen by accident. A chance encounter with a woman I had never met turned out to be a real education for me. I was just leaving the library recently when someone ca…

  • By Marilyn Secco

I just love going someplace I’ve never been and/or doing something I’ve never done before. This month has been a treat because I’ve attended three events for the first time that have not only …

Have you noticed that the way we communicate with one another has drastically changed, and not necessarily for the better? It seems that texts, emails, and “likes” or comments on Facebook post…

Over the years when we’ve traveled, we’ve stayed in a variety of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and quaint inns. Most of them were adequate, comfortable, relatively clean places that fill…

I think my four favorite words must be I DID IT MYSELF! Once in a while, things probably would have turned out a lot better if I wouldn’t have done it myself, but I usually end up a bit smarte…

  • By Marilyn Secco

Back in March, a serious swimmer showed up at the YMCA pool where I do my laps with my trusty flotation belt fastened around my waist. Notice that I didn’t claim to be swimming, only to be man…

Recently my siblings, cousins and I had the pleasure of helping the only surviving member of my mother’s immediate family celebrate his 90th birthday. His wife had celebrated the same mileston…

I don’t have a very good sense of direction and my granddaughter Rachel likes to tell of the time we were in a K Mart super store when she was about 7, and Grammy got mixed up and couldn’t fin…

Have you ever noticed how hearing a certain song from the past can take you out of the present and transport you back to that time? For example, every time I hear “Ebb Tide,” I am 18 again, a …

I suppose there have always been people who have wanted to soar into the wild blue yonder along with the birds, but I haven’t been one of them. My son Kevin, however, is a different story. Whe…

Sometimes the most unexpected, unplanned short trips turn out to be very memorable. On a recent Saturday night, I happened to see the 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the first time, at …

Recently we were traveling on a Sunday morning, looking for a place to eat breakfast. As we pulled up to a restaurant that is usually open on Sundays, we noticed that there were no cars around…

Have you ever put a lot of time into planning the perfect get-away, only to have it turn out to be far less than you’d hoped for? Recently my very significant other and I were celebrating 16 y…

Getting a nice green lawn to grow after moving into this house hasn’t happened yet, even though I moved in more than a year ago. In spite of hiring a crew of guys who knew about yard planting,…

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. I tried to instill the same feelings in my grandchildren by really hamming it up and using weird voices for different characters when I rea…

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