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Past issues of my newsletters contain links to things I have loved or explored. If you are looking for a link you lost or are just curious as to what intrigues me, here they are for your entertainment! 

June 8, 2022 / Here the Whispers?

1. THIS IS US has ended. Are you a fan? The quality of the writing was sooooo good. I even found a time-worn photo of me, hubby, and my sons at a pool and wrote on it, "This Is Us." (I may be the only one in the family who gets it.) My husband never watched the show. I would record it and watch it later—sometimes weeks later. I'm sure hubby thought I was crazy when Jack died and he came home to find me upset. "You don't understand," I said, "Jack died today!" (He didn't know Jack was a tv character.) My mother-in-law and I would text about our favorite parts of each episode. We both had our favorite characters. We will miss that. Although there were many, here is one of my favorite moments, what was yours?

2. I've recently revived my Pinterest boards. They had clearly been left to rot. Now dusted off, I hope to pin again. Do you have a Pinterest account? I've always looked at it as a kind of extra wall I could decorate with beautiful things. What kinds of things do you look at on Pinterest? Let me know if you follow me and I will follow back.

3. Everyone should have important health directive documents and a Will, no matter their age, no matter their current health status. Although especially true in our pandemic age, it has always been a good idea. I have personally known way too many young and/or healthy people who died suddenly. Suze Orman has a very simple means to do this on her website. I discovered that, if you sign up for her emails, about a week later, they offer the full kit for $99 (a $100 off as of this writing). I haven't been asked to promote this and don't get anything for doing so. I'm telling you this because, wherever you get them, you should be sure to protect yourself and your loved ones by having the necessary documents.

May 8, 2022 / Screaming Monkeys

1. I've had fun making baseball cards using family photos and facts about my ancestors. (Spoiler alert: My next book will be Marvelous Messages from Your Ancestry.) I found the template for them on Etsy by designer Prudence Dwyer. She also offers several free genealogy templates on her website. I gave some of my ancestry baseball cards to my sons for Christmas. I thought it would be a fun way for them to learn about their ancestors. It takes time to gather all the necessary dates and perfect photos, but it definitely was worth the time spent.

2. Since early in the pandemic, we have had boxed meals delivered. We started out with Dinnerly, moved to Martha Stewart's Marley Spoon, (both are owned by the same company), eventually settling in with Hello Fresh. While Hello Fresh is potentially double the cost of the other two, the reliability, fewer errors, and quality of food made it worth it for us. We love not having to think up something new for dinner every night and always can choose from a variety of dishes. Since I am a very picky eater, I like that we are creating meals from scratch and can choose to leave off a topping or spice (or add more, in my husband's case). If you want to make dinnertime more convenient, I highly recommend some type of meal delivery.

3. I've been listening to Mike Oldfield music since the days of Tubular Bells. (If you're of a certain age, you'll remember that music was featured in a movie.) I'd recently pulled up my Oldfield playlist as I needed some deep contemplation time. His music opens the doors to that for me. Exploring his music online, I learned he came out with a new album,

, in 2019. (I never seem to have enough music!)

April 8, 2022 / Angel Interventions

1. While on my adventures with the FJ, my friend and I found a hidden-away coffee shop, book, and gift store. They had some wonderful surprises. I could not resist the Clairoyants' Convention Mystery Puzzle. You must solve the mystery to put the puzzle together. I'm not surprised to learn it is offered by Chronicle Books, who has offered some of the most interesting items over the years. (Tip, if you get one, don't open the green envelope and spoil the solution!)

2. I've been hanging out for a while now on Family Search. It's a free genealogy site where I've built my family tree and dug up all kinds of interesting details about long-gone family members. Perhaps more interesting has been my research at Newspapers.com. Digging into family names, I learned all sorts of family stories I'd never been told including ones about a deserting grandfather, an unknown half-uncle, and a mysterious death associated with missing funds at a bank.

3. I saw a photo of these

and keep going back to watch again and again. I want to make them. . . but it does look like a bit of work. What do you think? Should I take the time to bake them?

4. The song that played during my harrowing ride was

, by Peter Kater, found on a compilation album called Angels of Hope.

March 8, 2022 / Etching Out "Me" Time

1. The 2022 Winter Olympics were filled with many dramatic ups and downs. I found myself inspired as much by the amazing, gold-medal victories as some of the heart-breaking, didn't-win-a-medal pursuits. One I will remember for quite some time is Mikaela Shiffrin's Twitter reply to her critics after failing to finish in three different events. You can read her inspiring "Get up, again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again." rant here. Particularly inspiring if you have recently had your own experience with failure.

2. Whatever happened to real customer appreciation? The situation in Ukraine as of this writing is still uncertain. And although I can't share the content here (because I'm not a customer), I just saw an email from a certain book cover designer company that takes that appreciation to a whole new level. While under threat for what could be a life-threatening situation to their home, their lives, and their country, they took time to email their customers letting them know they are continuing to work as best possible and will do all in their power to complete their clients' book covers. (I would be running for the hills!) I don't think that's what's implied when people talk about "putting the customer first," but I have a lot of respect for them taking time to write under the circumstances.

3. Am I the only one obsessed with the

? Maybe it's the very large bass recorder composer Ludwig Göransson uses to intro the tune. Maybe it's the pace and timbre of the drums. (Of course, it's all of that combined.) Whatever the real reason, it's one of the songs in my playlist that often gets looped. According to my iTunes account, I've played the song 118 times in the last ten days—most of those loud with noise-canceling headphones.

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