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Manners, Manners Everywhere…

Hiatus took me by surprise. Just kind of stopped writing and a day turned to another and another. And then I was a little lost. COVID has taken its toll in the house of Duchess. Skittish Tabby and I eat a lot of bad food, absorb way to many murder mysteries and see far too… Continue reading Manners, Manners Everywhere…

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Valentine Love or Money…

Buzzfeed lures us in again. This quiz? "Will You Marry for Love Or Money?" Already married for love and that turned out with a dead guy in the woods on a summer day; I think money. Take the quiz. What would you do on a night out? Pick which vacation you'd take. Which car is… Continue reading Valentine Love or Money…

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Cancer Girls Unite…

There's a new cancer girl in town. Well, she's in Vegas, close enough. Regardless of where she is, you want this badass chick on your "Help Me Get Through This" team. I stumble upon Elly Brown as Sunday morning political show frustration reaches a peak and yelling at the TV is scaring the cats. The… Continue reading Cancer Girls Unite…

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She Just Keeps On Giving…

"Basically, my radiation ate your thyroid." It's the radiation oncologist. "Actually, it usually happens before now." Cancer...she just keeps on giving. Do I cheer mine lasted longer under the radiative onslaught that devours female thyroids? Can we get a hip-hip? Actually, I'm happy with the news. As all the cancer girls know, when something is… Continue reading She Just Keeps On Giving…

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Lurking In The Background…

Cancer lurks in the background of life, whether it be survivors or survivors of loved ones. It's always within arm's reach. Each follow up test, which go on forever, brings it full circle again. And then there are the others. In a meeting. I know a co-worker has missed some days and is behind in… Continue reading Lurking In The Background…

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Cry Baby…

When you are a widow and you've had cancer, people inquire about your well-being often. Those journeying through life with grief in our handbags appreciate the ask. So do the cancer girls--really--I've asked them. Throw in a job, clients, back to back events, crisis communications, two cats, three kids and two upcoming weddings and the… Continue reading Cry Baby…

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Do It In A Day Book Club…

I read this book in a day. Do we need to say more about this month's Duchess Dolls Book Club offering? No kidding, The plan was to sit for a few minutes with a cup of coffee. By sundown I had left the chair only to use the rest room--to freshen my lipstick of course.… Continue reading Do It In A Day Book Club…

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Ever Been Lonely?…Meet Eleanor

"I knew what was happening. It was the unscarred piece of my heart. It was just big enough to let in a bit of affection. There was still a tiny bit of room left." This bit of prose induced a single tear to fall to the sheet below my face. It had been hours, propped… Continue reading Ever Been Lonely?…Meet Eleanor

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Anna And The Queen…

One of The Dolls casually drops a bomb, "Saw Anna Wintour at the Australian Open and padded shoulders are back in." You know that sound DJ's make when they move the vinyl back and forth? My brain did that. A fervent search for Anna and spring runway shows reveals it's possible. There are shoulder pads… Continue reading Anna And The Queen…

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The 7 Days of Giving…

Yes, there's the 12 Days of Christmas but I've started too late. Had to tend to an Engagement Party for Middle Chicken. She's finally marrying Lawyer Boy. Yay, right? So instead of 12 days of gold rings, dancing ladies and swans doing whatever, we're launching into 7 Days of Giving. Mostly 'cuz I'm swamped with… Continue reading The 7 Days of Giving…