For Pre-teen Girls Only: The Best Scary Halloween Party Ever!

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As if being an almost-teenager is not scary enough! There comes a time in your child’s life when she is a little too old for trick-or-treating in the neighborhood and not-quite old enough to be with friends out in the dark night on Halloween Eve. Girls just want to have fun. You want your daughters to be safe. My husband and I have avoided this dilemma by throwing our own party when our daughters were pre-teeners. The planning wasn’t a lot of work and the girls had a screaming good time!

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A Rose by Any Other Name? Violet? Fern?

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In Shakespeare’s most famous play, the line “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” refers to Juliet’s love. Young Juliet declares that she will still love Romeo even though he is a Montague, a family Juliet's family (the Capulets) are fiercely feuding with.

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Wine and Women

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Last week I attended a wine-tasting party. I’m new in the neighborhood and Brenda and Jeanne, two women down the block, have been warmly welcoming. Brenda was walking her white poodle when she knocked on my door and invited me. “It’s a group of really nice women. We talk, drink wine, have cheese and chocolates.” There would be someone to instruct us on the nuances of Cabernet.

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Not Too Soon for Soup

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I once met the beat poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti . Well, meet is too strong a word. I was in San Francisco when I saw him in the window of a McDonalds, I rushed in, told him I thought he was a great poet, left before he even swallowed his bite of burger. I thought of Felinghetti today because it’s autumn and the trees in my yard, the quaking aspen and the sugar maple, are changing color. His line “too soon, too soon” (in the famous poem The Penny Candy Store Beyond the El) laments the changing of the season and end of youth.

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