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It Starts with Remembering: A Christmas Ritual

  Christmas Rituals are everywhere right now. Lights! Trees! Shopping Sprees! And decorating! It’s definitely at full throttle. I think I’m done though. In the past, my Christmas decorating was very Martha Stewart-esse, with everything from homemade cedar garlands to red and green lights on the picket fence and rose arbor, to holiday themed soaps …

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Daylight Saving’s Time: Like Money in The Bank

I love this time of year. Longer days, later sunsets, a bump-up in the sense of value on each day’s returns. I don’t mind changing the clocks. It gives me something to look forward to. It seems like a proper ritual to make in hopes of hastening Spring along. Come on. We’re waiting here. This …

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Self Improvement for Seniors: Living Dangerously

harness; helmet; gloves; and oh, first things first, your pad, My Lady. 

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How to Not Spend Money

I hate shopping. It really makes me crabby. I haven’t always felt this way. When I was young and hadn’t made several really annoying long distance moves (too much stuff!) and was into accumulating things and was skinny and looked good in clothes, I liked it. Now I do everything I can to avoid it, …

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The Night Belongs to Us

  It’s ten thirty at night and the old man and dog are asleep. Just as the night owl in me wants to spread it’s wings and start flying. It kind of makes me crazy how early they go to bed around here. I am not a morning person. I don’t even really feel awake …

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Disenfranchised in My Own Living Room

©2016 by Ilona Elliott I don’t sit in the living room much anymore. The reality of this was made clear to me today when I walked over to the couch and grabbed the remote to turn off the TV, and caught the lovely late afternoon light playing on the cobwebs that had formed on my …

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I Rant Help Myself

I haven’t had a good rant in a very long time. Why it must be a couple of hours at least. So I need to vent a little bit of first world frustration. So here’s a list of ten things I’m tired tired tired of: Trains blowing their whistles at the train crossing down the …

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City Beat

©2016 by Ilona Elliott   In the city, there are people, making music on the corners and music in the street, Though you know they gotta struggle just to find somethin to eat. In the city, there is energy, and the energy hums with a human beat In the city, there is energy, and it …

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On Gardening, For All the Tender Creatures

  Sometimes my heart stops for the tender little creatures in the world. Like the pair of fawns and the doe we’ve seen feeding in our  yard lately. During our morning walk today the little ones jumped right out in front of us not 20 feet ahead. They were so strong and graceful as they …

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I’m off to the East Coast tomorrow to visit family. I haven’t seen them in two years, and I’m especially happy to be spending time with my only sister. It sucks, big suck, living so far away. In honor of the journey, I’m sharing an essay I wrote about the last trip I made to …

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