Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Favorite Christmas Gift

My Neighbor, Wilma Flinstone, knows me well. She gave me this little change purse as a Christmas present. Has anyone else out there overdosed on volunteer work?

For me it was the sixth grade silent auction (to raise money for an end of the year camping trip) that sent me over the edge. Knowing this is, I assume, why inside the change purse was a compact miror featuring a very glamorous babe posing in front of a high rise hotel. "I love not camping," she says.

Amen, Wilma.

Monday, December 22, 2008

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

We Are a Bunko Group

We are a bunko group. We began years ago when things like fund-raising and PTA meetings brought us together. Some of us met in school, some through exercise classes or neighborhood watch meetings. We are sisters, in-laws, business associates, teachers, consultants. We are friends. We make each other laugh. We make each other cry. But above all else, we make each other know we are not in this alone. Photo from Christmas Bunko, December, 2008. Tucson, AZ.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Do You Play Bunko?

Even if you don't belong to a bunko group, you may have heard of this dice game played by MILLIONS of American women each month. It's no secret that this game is so simple that the only brain requirement is you know how to count to 21. The main physical requirement is that you know how to roll dice.

What may be a secret, however, is that women who belong to bunko groups don't go to the monthly gatherings just to play the game. The main reason they go is to connect with the women in their group. Anyone looking for a way to get through the challenges of daily life will benefit by sharing stories (and rolling dice) with friends. Learning you're not alone is the most valuable gift women can give to one another.

Join a bunko group. You won't be sorry.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit

Old tradition: say the word "rabbit" three times first thing on the first day of the month and you'll have good luck for that month.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


The Hunk Goes For a Haircut

Much as he vowed to never be soulful ponytail man, for our last wedding anniversary I gave him 19 coated hair ties to signify our 19 years of marriage. Today he finally goes for a cut. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, this is his BEFORE photo.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club

It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club
By Michele VanOrt Cozzens


From Midwest Book Review: FIVE STARS
"A fantastic piece of writing, recommended."

From Author Robin Meloy Goldsby: FIVE STARS
"I think Cozzens has herself one heck of a screenplay here. She would have actresses lined up to play all of those wonderful roles. Think of it this way: THE WOMEN meets DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. But with a Rattlesnake Valley twist.

From Armchair Interviews: FIVE STARS 
"Cozzens has put together a fun novel. Yet it isn't simply humor. There are real problems discussed and dealt with-particularly alcoholism, but also infertility, job loss and personal insecurity. She deals with the problems in a manner that feels quite realistic, like these women could be anyone's neighbors."

From Reader Views: FIVE STARS
It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club is tons of fun, although at times bittersweet, and I would recommend it to all of the female readers, especially those who have a number of colorful friends. As for husbands, they might want to pick up a copy as well - and they just might learn what their wives do on girls' nights out..."