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A Bride’s Dilemma

By Janey Womeldorf

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We got married in a 16th century church in an English village so tiny, the only other thing it boasted was a pub and a post office. (Some might say, what else do you need?) My husband is American; I am English. When my husband realized that the quintessential English pub with its roaring fireplace, […]

Cheap Gifts and Love

By Janey Womeldorf

Cheap Gifts and Love

Cost of gift: $2.00. Cost to mail: $22.50. Mother’s Day was fast approaching, and I was clueless what to get. Coming up with original gift ideas for anybody in our family has become virtually impossible with every passing decade. If there’s a point in life when you don’t need more “stuff,” we are all there. […]

Our Top 10 Lists

By Janey Womeldorf

My husband and I have compiled our own book of Top 10 lists. We started it after I asked him one night: “Tell me the top three, most-memorable times you laughed until you cried.” Before long, we were roaring with laughter and in stitches as we relived each other’s laugh-till-you-cried stories. By the end of […]

First Dates

By Janey Womeldorf

First dates are brutal. They either succeed and you live happily after, or they reek of cringe-worthy moments that sadly become fodder for party stories years later. I once engaged in a long-distance relationship with a guy after I met him once, for three hours, when both of us were sitting at an airport bar. […]

1. The hardest thing about exercise is getting out the door. 2. The first time I ran, I thought my knees would explode, my lungs would collapse, and I wanted to throw up. I lasted one lap of the high-school track. The next day, I went back and ran two. That was 25 years, 40 […]

My Top Three Bedtime Activities

I love going to bed. It is, hands down, my all-time favorite winter activity, especially at the end of long, bone-chilling, exhausting day – or even a relaxing one for that matter. When it’s been dark since 6 pm, ice outside is taking hold, and your bedroom is that perfect, you-can-almost-see-your-breath temperature for sleeping, nothing […]

The Thank-You Note That Made the Difference

I was eight years old and watching TV. The Pan Am Airways plane landed on the tarmac and out stepped three air stewardesses; they oozed with glamour. The trio glided down the steps and then, bookended by two suave pilots, sashayed and laughed their way through the airport. Envious and admiring heads couldn’t help but […]

When Was Your Dancing Heyday

By Janey Womeldorf

When Was Your Dancing Heyday

Whatever happened to the word “discotheque?” Or even “disco?” Does anyone even say that anymore? I’d look in our dictionary to see if they are still listed, but we don’t have one. It disappeared into our home’s black hole along with all those other “whatever happened to…” items. It was probably time to get a […]

1. Husbands versus girlfriends My husband and I had been married less than three months. We were in our car, engine off, waiting to board a car ferry when I embarked on a conversation, in intricate detail, about the odd behavior I had recently experienced with a new friend. For over 45 minutes, I poured […]

The Spread and Sag Years

By Janey Womeldorf

The Spread and Sag Years

“Bra shopping is no longer about what I’m trying to keep in, but what I’m trying to stop spilling out.” I took 18 bras into the fitting room. (I know; I was surprised they let me take in that many too!) My stash consisted of nine white, (dependable), five black, (predictable), three skin-tone (for those […]

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