Hello, I am the mother of grown daughters, with grandchildren galore, an enthusiastic dater, a lover of the arts, a teacher, a cupcake maker, a Twister and Trivia champ, and most of all, a keen observer of life.  I enjoy being a part of the twists and turns that occur while wandering through everyday events. Many of these happenstances leave me asking, “Why?”  While I have been told, more than once, that the reason things have or haven’t happened in my life is because I had no glasses on, rest assured that even if I did have my glasses on, the answers would quite often be unclear. This site is simply an observation, and while blurry at times, an honest attempt to make some sense of it all. Enjoy the ride – Beth

 

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  1. Love it! Your description of yourself could not be more right on! I can’t wait for your next installment. Best wishes from the north.

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  2. There is nothing that works like enthusiasm. Love what I’ve read so far. You verve for life is inspiring. Thanks you so much for stopping by Paper, Mud and Me and liking “Give Me A Break” Also thanks for following – I will be following you also. – Aloha _

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  3. Hi there! I’m Rob…that’s how I started my bio. Boring compared to this! You sound like a fun person with a great outlook on life. I wish you great days…and thanks for the visit to my little “corner.”

    Take care,
    ~Rob

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  4. Alright K

    i just did a search of your whole site for the five most widely used swear words. I have determined that this is a swear fee zone. I did this so that i can respect and adhere to the standards that seem to be currently in place. I find it best to behave myself and follow the rules.

    As you know I have a different set of standards on my own site. Nice of you to follow me in spite of them. You should feel free to misbehave all you want on my site though. That is a bennefit I extend to everyone thanks a lot.

    Glad we met.

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    • damn it tom – trust me, i can swear like a sailor and find that there are times when there are no better words to express something that needs to be said. i really don’t adhere to any sort of ‘non-swearing’ standards, self imposed or otherwise, they just haven’t popped up yet in my writing for some reason. looks like i have some serious catching up to do! i have no problem misbehaving, and have a natural tendency to resist rule following, consider this a warning…. nice meeting you too ) beth

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  5. And here I sit with cataracts. We have too much in common. It must be a Beth thing. ‘Loved what I just read. You are a keeper1

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    • @beth, even though you are lacking a last name, i do believe we have a lot in common. i look forward to reading more from you and thanks for reading mine. ) beth – the other one

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  8. Beth, thank you for always being so supportive of my blog. I do wonder how you are posting pictures in your blog posts? I must be a moron because I cannot figure it out! Any pointers from you is appreciated. Peace blogging sister.

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    • yw – as for the pics, i am the worst person in the world when it comes to tech, it is not intuitive at all. when posting on wordpress, i first click the button that says text and it loads ,then i choose the photo option and it asks which pic. i have placed the pic on my desktop and the pics there pop up and i choose the one i want. somehow it works, and i know this is not a great explanation, but the best way i can describe my process. kind of like a monkey with a keyboard approach )

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  9. I can’t begin to thank you enough for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing! I wish you the very best, not only today but well into the future. Be inspired and please take care.

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  10. I always enjoy a good ride my friend,
    actually I should re-phrase that or it could
    seem a tad naughty 😦 Ahhh well best to
    leave it ‘As Is’ being that sometimes I am
    just that, but never uncouth 🙂

    Have a lovely rest of weekend now 🙂

    Andro

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  11. Wonderful collection of followers! I like what you said about clarity of vision. We are similar in some of the things you listed, I have 6 grandkids with 3 grown children, one who is still single. I love looking at life in a fun way, try to see the positive and I don’t bake nor cook anymore. But I make dips and macaroni salad, other things the kids ask me to bring. Oh, my chipped beef cream cheese logs are well received with triscuits and whole wheat crackers or pita crisps… I love cupcakes and go out of my way for that or ice cream!

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  13. hey there!

    Thank you for following my blog a few mths ago! I just wanna share with you that I have recently changed host (nearly died along the way 🙂 ) and if you like, please come again to my blog and you can type in your email address as with the change in host from wordpress, new posts will not get delivered to your email address like the last time.

    So if you like posts to get delivered to your email address like the past, you have to type in your email again. It only appears in your reader now, so if that works for you, then it is ok.

    thank you
    michelle

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  14. Holy Cow! I nominated you for another award, which is probably leaving you feeling like… gosh, another? I just noticed through all these comments how many awards you’ve received so feel free to ignore this if you’d like but I did write a pretty nice blurb on why your blog is awesome if you want to read it:
    http://mybestenemy.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/who-has-been-honored-why-me-of-course/
    If you’d like to participate awesome, if not awesome too! Just know that us bloggers out here really appreciate what you do!

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  15. Hi, Beth, you won the drawing for a signed copy of Katrina Kenison’s “Magical Journey.” Now I just need to connect with you to send it to you. Let me know best way to get it to you. You can reach me by messaging me on Facebook (Betsy Donovan Marro) or direct messaging me on Twitter at EGMarro@twitter.com. Thank you so much for stopping by my site and for taking the time to comment on this week’s post. I am doubly grateful because now I know where your site is and I’ve enjoyed what is there very much. I’ll be back! Betsy

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  16. Hello, Beth–thanks for your follow on my blog and your kind words. I look forward to following you as well! I love your thoughts above and totally agree. Many of us need to let go of the glasses and “see” in other ways. 🙂

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  17. Beth i have been neglecting you and all those i follow but i am working on my book which i should be finished with by wednesday. please dont feel slighted. from pain will come pleasure. You are awesome lady.

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  18. Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life’s events as seen through the lens of my camera.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  19. Sounds like a pretty full life! I love that smile, seems very “sincere…” Thanks for the visit and hope to see you again very soon!

    Scoop

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      • That means a lot to me! We all need “smaller portions” on that plate of life sometimes…

        I’ll bet there are a number of people who are very appreciative about how many things you do each day…

        Enjoy your day and don’t forget to “pamper” yourself sometimes…

        Scoop

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  20. Good blog, really good biography piece. “Enthusiastic” is a huge word, prolific context. Appreciate your honesty, ” … happenstances leave me asking, “Why?” … been told, more than once, that the reason things have or haven’t happened in my life is because I had no glasses on, rest assured that even if I did have my glasses on, the answers would quite often be unclear.” There is authenticity and intentionality about seeing and searching. I am looking forward to following your blog. Peace, T

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  21. thanks again jen. happy you liked it, never sure what to put on that page, but decided to just do me and it is what it is – and tis true, i am surrounded by granbabies galore )

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  22. I just wanted to say a big thank you for your kind thoughts upon my scripts, you are too kind as always but I certainly appreciate your thoughts on my writing. Have a really sweet day today my great friend, Monday’s can be really awesome too, regardless of the many that do not enjoy this day, I mean if we are of good health and filled with optimism, then every day can be wonderful.

    I sincerely hope that your Monday is a lovely one Beth 🙂

    Andro xxxx

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  23. Brilliant introduction. Holistically, using every available known rubric blessed by “they” of the “Common Core,” I would assess this reflective summary as one that exhibits a mastery of the state standards for gravatar readiness, and definitely will “race to the top.”

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  24. Glad you liked “brain search,” Beth. Thank you. I read your declaration above once again, including your question as to the “why” of this (or any) life. It reminded me of the most important thing I learned during four years of college – that I don’t know ANYTHING. I don’t think there are any answers, only questions (the main one being “why”). We can’t win. The best we can do is lose as gracefully as possible.

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  25. Beth,

    I love your picture ;0) Your enthusiasm and joy for life are at once beautiful and hopeful. I smile every time I get a like to see your smile.

    It’s been a bit of a ride, a rough year over here. Your words of encouragement though, have helped me to see the light in even the most darkest of rooms.

    Thank you for all of your ongoing support and for reading so much of my work. People like you are what keeps me going. Your presence in my life is such a blessing. Forever, for you, I will be grateful ;0)

    Wishing you the best of holidays with a wonderfully joyful start to the new year.

    Xoxxo,
    Marissa

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  26. thanks so much, marissa, for your very kind words, it is my hope that each person helps another in some way, perhaps unknown, but does, none the less. happy holidays and a wishing you a year with an easier ride ) beth

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  27. I wanted to say thank you for saying nice things about my mom and being her friend. i am sorry it took me very long to tell you that. Rachel

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  28. Hi Beth, Thanks for stopping by…your little guy is absolutely adorable, and yes, he’s definitely headed for Saturday Night Fever territory! Will stop back soon–Happy New Year! 🙂

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    • hi ermigal – i think that right after you comment, just below, there are 2 boxes you can check to get email notification if wanted or at the very top of the page, on the black band, there is an option to check if you’d like to follow. thanks for coming on board and i hope it works for you ) best, beth

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  29. thank you so much, that is really kind. and i love that kid, too. ) happy mark connected us, i love his writing. i look forward to reading more from you as well – best, beth

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  30. Faithful Beth–First you should steady yourself with an appropriate beverage to get over the shock of my visit/likes/comments/follow today. I have over 500 followers, so I can’t possibly visit or follow all of them every week. Every once in a while, though, a quiet, familiar gravatar will catch my eye, and I’ll think, “It’s WAY past time that I should pay a return visit.” Today was “Beth” day. Rather than it being a chance to bestow my approval on a blogging friend, my visit showed me how much I have been missing by not visiting and reading several posts before.

    I love your blog. I love it’s positive, uplifting voice and the way you delight in the simple pleasures of life. I NEED your blog. Of the couple of dozen blogs do follow, I have the posts for almost all of them arrive as a weekly archive on Saturday morning, when I have the whole weekend to browse the accumulated posts. I only have the posts for a couple of blogs arrive on a daily basis, because they feed my spirit. I will now read your posts on a daily basis.

    I can’t promise to comment or leave a like every day, but I will see each new post in my inbox as soon as you post it, and I will read it that day. Thank you for all the times you’ve “been there” for me, without expecting anything in return.

    Bless you, my friend,

    –John

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  31. Thank you for following the tan renga (my long verse site) –
    I’ve book marked your place and hope to come back.
    But it is now 8:45pm and the grands are due early and I still haven’t eaten dinner! 🙂

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  32. Greetings from New England [again!] I stop by and get a charge from your pursuits. I agree with you in that life’s most simple, most fundamental pleasures are often the most satisfying. Keep that plasma energized! And as well, thank you much for visiting my blog..!

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    • minuscule – thanks so much and happy to find someone in my clan, i appreciate your dropping by to read and follow and i will return the favor. looking forward to reading your words – best, beth

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  33. Hey Beth, I love your blog and have nominated you for four amazing awards. Of course, you do not have to participate and I completely understand if you would prefer not to, or do not have the time to, but if you are interested in participating, just follow the link below.

    http://lydiadevadason.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/yay-more-awards

    Apologies if it isn’t something that you’d be interested in but either way I hope you stay in touch. Lydia

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  34. Yes, a very positive and spirited bio! You look great. 🙂

    Can you send me an email, I can’t see a contact address here and I have an idea to run by you. Thanks so much. G

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  35. It took me like forever to scroll all the way down here, Beth… girl, you got a LOT of followers! Want some more? 🙂 haha!! just letting you know I have nominated you for a string of 3 awards (you may already have some of them, I don’t know) – feel free to accept any or all of them (or not) – it’s up to you, really. I have included links to your blog from my post in any case. I totally understand if you are too busy/overwhelmed/bored/can’t be bothered to share the love forward, but I figure cross-promotion and the possibility of new traffic to your site can’t be a bad thing in any case. But if you don’t want to, that’s perfectly fine… no offense taken, and I surely hope none given! You know I’m a huge fan of yours either way! 🙂

    Here’s the link… have fun! http://motherhendiaries.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/you-mean-people-actually-read-this-stuff/

    Mother Hen

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  37. Good morning Beth. I’m enjoying reading your blog. I started my own in 2014 and am just beginning to get the hang of it. I write humorous tales on life’s daily stuff. You capture life in such a unique way. It is encouraging to me that you take time to do this so beautifully. I look forward to following your lead.

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    • thank you lisa, that is so kind of you to say. it is an ever-evolving process, and i’ve just learned my style over time and through a trial and error process. best to you on your new endeavor – beth

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  38. Hi Beth, Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for a whole heap of awards – The sisterhood of world bloggers, the inner peace award, the angel award, the wonderful team member readership award and the wordpress family award. You can find out more at http://irenewaters19.com/2014/05/19/awards-galore-inner-peace-angels-award-sisterhood-wordpress-family-and-more/
    Hope you will accept. I just wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated your visits, your posts since meeting. Cheers Irene

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    • wow, thank you so much irene. this is very kind of you to nominate me for all of these lovely awards. and i’ve appreciated your posts as well – best, beth

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  41. Just thought I’d drop in to say that I know I’m not around WordPress much, but I do notice your consistent visits on my blog and I really appreciate it ❤

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  42. I’m a new ‘follower’ of your blog, and have already loved what I have read. I look forward to reading all of your future posts- written with or without wearing glasses!

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  43. Hi Beth, I just wanted to say that I always appreciate you stopping by on my blog. It’s lovely to see someone with such a busy blog as yours take the time to pop over to my wee contribution to the blogosphere. All the best, cheers, John

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  44. Dear Beth,
    I can’t believe that it’s taken me so long to hop over here and learn more about you. I always see your comments on Ned’s blog and saw one this morning on Sheena’s. You always make me laugh and smile and I’m so sorry that it’s taken this long to come find you. Hope you don’t mind if I come back and visit 🙂
    Michelle

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  45. Hi Beth,
    Your blog is refreshing and I enjoy your “simple observations”. Sometimes those are the best. I look forward to following you! I am the mother of 4 grown daughters, a 9 yr old, one granddaughter and another on the ways. There are days when blurry vision is the gift. 🙂
    Have a great weekend!!
    Michelle

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  46. Hi Beth, I am wondering if you would be willing to do a review of my just-published book, “Pretend You Know What You’re Doing: My Voyage from Teacher to Humor Writer.” There’s a lot about teaching and finding the humor in life’s struggles…thanks for considering it. Ermine 🙂

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  47. Thank you so very much for the “like” on my recent post about the Antikythera Mechanism at First Night History. I am working on a book-blog of my own, which can be seen at [one word] theoryofirony.com, then clicking on either the “sample chapter” or “blog” buttons at the top. My Rube Goldberg brain asks with an odd, well-caffeinated kind of logic: Why is there an inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message? Art. Literature. Science. Military. Religion. I call this eccentric thinking the Theory of Irony and if your busy schedule permits, give a read, leave a comment or create a link. In any event, best of luck with your own endeavors. Again, thanks.

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  49. Hi Beth – I have enjoyed reading your blogs but one thing that always make me smile when your post pops up was your blog title: ididnthavemyglasseon! No fail seriously as it reminds me of a friend using not having her glasses on to escape just about anything. LOL

    Is there a story behind yours?

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  50. thank you so much, folake – the origin of my blog name is somewhat similar. my daughters once commented that the reason that things did or did not happen to me, was due to the fact that i didn’t have my glasses on. and, done. ) beth

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    • thank you so much, lucie. yes, and i have 6 little grand babies, from those 3 grown daughters. you made my day with your kind words. thanks for reading and i look forward to reading and following yours. i’m happy to have crossed paths – best, beth

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      • Ditto! I look forward to following you and some of your fellow bloggers! You’ve got some “fellow funny fella’s” (and gals, too!) :)p I need to be workin’ on that menpausal midriff of mine!!! You (and your 6 grand babies) put me to shame!!!!! If I don’t connect with you before the Christmas Holiday, I hope you and your little bambinos have a great holiday!!!!! And thanks for the follow, Beth. I appreciate it. Hope you enjoy my weekly silliness!! There’s so much “crazy bad” going on around us some days, that I think we need to laugh (every day!) and pay that kindness “forward”!!!! :)p

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  52. I deeply appreciate teachers. I was one for 31 years. I guess I still am one… at least, I still say very important things to people who don’t listen because they are sneaking looks at their cell phones or are preparing the next spit-wad for the back of my head with just the right mix of grossness and boogers. I was a junior high teacher. Can you tell? And I miss it. Thanks for blogging about things near and dear to my heart. I love your insights… and when you don’t have your glasses on… your out-sights.

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    • thank you for your kind words and your years of service as a teacher. i do think junior high would be the most challenging for me. i’ve noticed people say that to me too about being a kindy teacher, but lucky there are some of us just made for each level. i’m so happy you are enjoying the blog, and the feeling is mutual. best, beth

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  53. I don’t know where to comment on your post, but I enjoy them and it is always good to hear from you. So glad you liked Fairy Tale Gone Bad. Thanks again and Aloha – pjs/

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  54. Hi Beth, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. I learned from a fellow blogger to offer a bouquet of flowers for those who are not accepting awards or are too busy at the moment. Your blog is refreshing and yes, you really make some everyday things funny, which is a gift!

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  57. As I read your About page, everything went a little blurry after I read Cupcake maker! lol Thank you so much for following my posts and I wanted to say I enjoy dropping by and reading yours as well!

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  58. Hi there Beth. You have been liking my posts and supporting my site for a while now. But I just want to say that it’s a fine and interesting site you have here, clearly one you are very invested in and enthusiastic about; that shows very clearly.

    Thank you for all of your support.

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  59. I nominated you for the “Real Inspiring Blogger Award!” YAY! 🎉The “to do” list for this award is pretty easy, you basically just pass the award on to ten of your favorite bloggers. 😘 The “logo” and cut’n’ paste directions are on my home page at the bottom if you’re interested. 🔆

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  60. Hey Beth! Would you add a line to our 1 Line Story? It’s turning out pretty fun. I’m about to post it. No obligation, but I thought you could add a good twist. Have a great day.

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  61. Great bio and I too need to wear glasses at times and do I curse when I forget them..ha ha and as I am the wearer of flip flops for 80% of my life and just bare tooties for the remainder ..best stories come from flip flop wearers 🙂

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  62. I wish you the upmost happiness in finding the excperiences and answers you seek Beth. I love nothing better sometimes than to go to a festival and watch people. We are so interesting, or at least most are.

    Joy to you Beth

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  64. I know that life things-disappearing-into-hyperspace-life all too well. Love your blog and attitude. I love your cat, too. I had a similar burned pot experience the other night, but I turned off the gas and left pot on the stove until morning. At least you weren’t hurt. I learned to leave over-heated pots alone after a pressure cooker exploded in my face. Fortunately, my glasses saved my eyes. All better now.

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      • That’s “Katharine” with an “a” in the middle, like Katharine Graham, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Ross, and Katharine Otto, my grandmother. In distinguished company am I.

        It is my pleasure to follow, and I appreciate the reciprocity. I worked in the Ypsilante prison for three months many years ago. Lived in Milan, MI. Visited Ann Arbor once, but I saw nothing fun happening. Check my folk art pictures (a couple of blogs ago) for one of my favorite “lawn art” photos.

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    • well, i’m eastern time, so it’s a bit better, but i wake up at 5 every day to go teach kindergarten, so if i wake up early, i just go with it. looking forward to gardening soon, i’m teaching my kinders all about farm to table eating.

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  65. I really like how your blog is so differently set out, it really stands out among the blogs i have come across, being new here and trying to learn from others i have definitely have some benefit by passing by and staying tuned for more from you. I just started out , would you mind checking my blog ?

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  66. Hi Beth! Love the way you capture life with its strange twists and turns. Your sense of humour makes each post an enjoyable read. Glad to have found your blog and look forward to reading your posts – when the weather’s blue. 🙂
    Cheryl

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  67. Well….I tried to find your email address, but I can’t, so…..anyway, I wanted to take a minute and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your active following since I started writing. I have no idea where you get the time or energy to read me (yes, I know…I am a bit wordy”!!), but you do and you always comment. I am honored, humbled and so, so appreciative of your stead-fast loyalty and “follow”, Beth. Where a busy teacher and grandmother gets the time to read my silliness, I have no idea, but thank-you, Sweetheart….thank you from the bottom of my heart…. ❤

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  69. Thanks for always coming by my blog (I have to even scroll very long list of comments to make it to this point!) =)! It really gives me the hope and courage to believe in something and to continue doing it. Bless you dear friend!

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  70. Holy shit, Beth! I often (like almost always) don’t read the “About,” because I like to know readers and bloggers from their writing, not what they put out there. I hate my own “About.” So much harder to write than most blog posts. What matters? What do I want people to know… but I really enjoy your writing, and decided I had to peek. 1) nearly 700- SEVEN HUNDRED- likes!! Whoa. I’ll never get there. Never. 2) a GRANDMOTHER galore?!?! That cracks me up! Every time I see your gravatar in my feed, I think you’re about 30, sometimes younger. I think, she’s so cool to be such a good writer, such a lovely reader, etc and so young! Damn, lady, you just blew my preconceived notions to hell! See, there’s a reason I don’t read “About.” 😉

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