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Treat Or Treat-ish?

So if you were me, or even if you weren’t, which treat would you pick on Halloween? It’s a day when everyone deserves (or at least feels entitled to) eat something sweet and at least slightly orange without actually being an orange or anything else that is healthy. So if you were …

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I’ve Got Mail

The mailman’s truck is very cute—all perky, square and white. I always get a little thrill when it chugs into sight. He’s brought a big, fat pile today: A baseball magazine, A catalogue of Christmas toys (‘though it’s just Halloween), A dentist bill for fifty bucks that’s wildly overdue, A postcard all in …

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Open Minded

Once one is on the other side of 65, it becomes harder but more essential to be adventurous. It was with this in mind that I took a subway to the U.S. Open. It’s not that I don’t ordinarily take the subway in New York–I do. But usually it’s to go to, …

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The Office

There is a Tiny Lady who works in an office down the hall from mine. At least I think she works. As petite as a seventh grader, she is more often in motion than at her presumed desk. She pops up everywhere, her objective being to find conversation. A world-class hall-roamer, she …

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Paris, Illinois

Many of you have asked if I’ve  recorded any tracks besides movie soundtracks and family music…I have, only a few, and I just found this one on iTunes…JH as country girl. (Who knew?) Check it out. It’s track 5, a song I wrote called “Paris, Illinois”…

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Do You Speak Millennial?

My sister Lindsay recently asked me what I meant when I said, “YOLO.” Her question made me feel like a hip woman in the know, in full command of modern language. I answered her in a tone suggesting I was exercising great patience with the undereducated. In fact, I’d actually just learned …

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To All My Friends And Followers:

Thanks as always for your loyalty to this Blah Blah Blog! As you can see I’ve upped my game recently, spiffed this site up and made it more mobile-friendly for you. I hope you like the changes and continue to tune in for the fast and furious posts that will be coming …

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Water Water Everywhere…

When I fantasize about a daughter getting married—okay, yes, I do—I figure California would be an ideal spot for the event. We’re so droughty, it’s a wedding planner’s dream: No chance of precipitation to dampen the mood and soil the bride’s satin slippers. So thought the happy couple who planned their weather-proof …

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Heaven And Hell In Times Square

It’s a thing we Harpers do. My twin brother, having spent the night with me at my New York apartment, woke up last Tuesday feeling the need to leave for LaGuardia three hours in advance of his flight back to Chicago. He texted me a half hour after we parted, saying “Good …