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The Half And Half In My Coffee

I love coffee with half and half (for those of you outside the US – it’s half cream/half milk available in supermarkets everywhere around here).  My efforts ate healthy eating stops at the suggestion that this indulgence be sacrificed.  Can’t do it.  Won’t do it.  It makes my morning coffee more delicious in color and taste, allowing me to savor what one might call nectar from the gods.  Yes, I’m crazy about my morning coffee.  What does this have to do with you?

You’re my metaphorical half and half.  Seriously.  Taking baby steps to try to learn to write is something I am doing for me; the feedback and comments and conversations that we share engage, inform, inspire and amaze me.  And the generous praise I have received humbles me more than I can say.  I’m not that good – trust me.  You however, are phenomenal.  I received four awards over the past few days and for brevity and not a little self-consciousness, I’m going to acknowledge them in this post (and yes, despite my overall discomfort with accepting awards – I practiced my Oscar speech a hundred times when I was a kid…also my Grammy thank Tony…my Emmy..).

Judy who writes is gifted with a delightful sense of humor and curiousity.  She is exploring all the aspects of her second act and sharing some observations about what to do once the curtain goes up.  If you have not visited her site, enjoy the show…Thank you so much Judy for three awards (talk about a bouquet of appreciation)  –

             And from, I was given the


A Dog With Fleas is where one goes to hear your own voice (but in better form).  Her writing reflects the challenges many experience daily – the dance of falling down and standing up taller, living with chronic medical issues, learning how to love one’s self and others, the mysteries and vagaries of the opposite sex, the indescribable feeling of a hearty laugh.  Scratch your itch at her site (get it, fleas?? Oh, I kill me  – you will be so glad you did.

Ok, quickly now – the requisite seven things about me (sigh, I find this part difficult)…

1. I think I’m far more graceful than I am.  Witness the ten stitches in one leg and an infected gash in the other and the gross bandages that cover both.  I limp into the gym and everyone cuts me a wide berth (no pun intended).  Suffice it to say – don’t leave metal step-up boxes within tripping distance of me.  Actually, just cut me a wide berth on general principle.

2. I have always been and continue to be a cheap date (though Andy would insist that ultimately there’s a price to be paid which is probably true).

3. I read between two and three books a week.

4. My iPod selection would embarrass or impress my kids, my in-laws, my friends and The Buena Vista Social Club.  Let’s just say that ‘eclectic’ doesn’t cover it.

5. My first crush that wasn’t an animal (the first being Gold Nugget – a palomino – I loved her) was Harry Belafonte.  I thought he was the most gorgeous man I had ever seen and would make my dad put his album on the stereo over and over (and over) again.  “She had one eye on the pot and the other on the chimney” – a lyric which makes me smile still.

6. I’m actually pretty boring – it’s everything around me that’s interesting.

7. For reasons that I do not know I’m a very good mimic.

Now for the fun stuff – who should be the next bearers of these awards?  I am trying very hard to make sure that I’m not repeating myself, so to those I have already mentioned – I still think you’re magical.  To these new bloggers I follow – I am so glad we have ‘met’ –

Thank you again for enjoying the blog, sharing your thoughts with me, and embracing me in this community of talent and heart and inspiration.


65 thoughts on “The Half And Half In My Coffee”

  1. May I just say that I totally get Sally Fields’ acceptance speech? The voice of insecure neurotics everywhere…thank you sweet friend..xoxo

  2. You aren’t that good? pshawwww, you are better! The photo at the end of this post is what I’ve been telling you since I met you….your words HUG your readers. And that’s the truth, so deal with it SK. I think your #6 is phooey and can’t wait to see #7 put in play.

    1. I promise that with enough wine, I will ably show you 7. But trust me – 6 is also true really. And I’m good with it. But I hear you WW and I love you so I’m not going to suggest that your bias is anything other than wonderful and slightly inaccurate…xoxo

      1. IT’S NOT, but I won’t argue with you.
        It’s the truthhhhh, the whole truthhhhh, and nuttin’ but the truthhhhhh.

    1. Thanks Jo…but I swear…when I look at my day – I may love it for how it was spent, but it really is uneventful and kinda boring and I’m ok with that…I am stellar in a boring shell – how’s that? 🙂

  3. Yipppee!! I’m sitting here reading your post, with my coffee in hand, with my creamer, which is not half/half but something similar and I too cannot forsake this for anything. Any attempt to clean up my act in terms of food/diet – I can never omit this morning ritual that I also refer to as nectar of the gods. But way more important, thank you, I am honored and humbled and thrilled to be on your list, my yippee was a little happy dance with words – I had the Sally Field speech in my head as I was reading too 🙂 You just amaze me and as my son says, i think you are hecka cool – love ya friend..xo

    1. You are totally on my list and talk about being hecka cool – you define it!! I love that this made you happy, and am laughing that you too will not forsake the perfection of a cup of coffee in the morning – in this regard, diets be damned…Congratulations kiddo – you deserve every award there is..xox

  4. Standing ovation from the fogged in, but beautiful, city of SF where I, too, am about to have half and half in my coffee. I love the way you make simple words into metaphors with tremendous impact, Kudos to you my warm and wonderful friend. As always, I am tremendously proud of you and hope you can feel that internal pride which should tell you what a difference you make in so many lives every time you roll the truck out of the driveway. What a wonderful way to “be the change you wish to see in the world”. See you real soon. Xoxoxoxo

    1. The good news sweetie is that the fog lifts by 11AM and hopefully the sky will be brilliantly blue…Enjoy SF and thank you thank you for being on this ride with me since the very first day..can’t wait to see you..xoxo

  5. I came by to thank you for your comment on The spoon theory and again to thank you for reblogging the Bring Them Home alerts.
    I so love your blog! I’d forgot to include that in my last comment here. You my friend have an awesome attitude. Just my kind of people.
    Take of you, spend spoons sparingly, and please be well ~ BB

    1. Thank you so much – I feel exactly the same way about yours!! I printed your post out and gave it to my husband and sent it to my kids. I truly feel that no one had ever described this issue as well as you did (certainly not me). Thank YOU – your post was a gift – in more ways than you could have imagined. I’ll visit often. So far, others who have seen my re-blog of your original Bring Them Home alert have quickly followed suit. The power of this community never ceases to amaze me.

  6. First thank you for mentioning me with all the other fine blogs. I have to confess, I try to follow a healthy diet as well, however half and half for coffee, sorry no can do. It has to be coffee cream, the 18% type. 🙂 As to reading your blog, it is one of the ones I read in the morning coffee in hand. I’m never sure what it might be about, just know it will be something entertaining, informative, or thought provoking.

    1. I congratulated you before this response – my bad (and my way of logging back into my account to be honest)..I too try to eat healthy but there’s no compromise on the coffee – so whether it’s coffee cream or half/half we’re all adamant about our morning libation! Your understanding and appreciation of the world around you is instructive and enlightening for me. I am not nearly as knowledgeable about Buddhism, nor am I as centered as you are – so you my friend, teach me..:-)

    1. I think you’re pretty fantastic too my friend – and my ardent wish is that one day you see yourself as I – and many others do…:-)

  7. Thank you for the kind words about my blog. But you are the one who truly deserves all the applause!! You are a wonderful writer and I love reading your blog. Congrats on all the awards. I know there will be many more coming your way!!

    1. Please – this is about your blog – not mine..:-) Carry the goodness forward and realize that you are a delightful, talented blogger who is enjoyed and appreciated by many!!

  8. I also love half and half in my coffee … and you! Congratulations on the well deserved awards. I’m looking forward to checking out the blogs you recommended!

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