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Frugal is More Fun

By Janey Womeldorf

“I wish I could work part-time,” she sighed, “But we can’t afford it.” Her tired, lackluster eyes told the rest of the story. The plague of ‘not enough time’ was a burden for women everywhere; she was no exception, and neither was I. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy working, I loved working. I loved […]

I have a secret wish. In the big scheme of things, it is embarrassingly fickle: It is not to bring world peace, win the lottery, or even to lose those dreaded ten. It is, quite simply, to wear a dress with spaghetti straps. Summers are the hardest because of “them”– those enviable, perky women who […]

The Rut Antidote

By Janey Womeldorf

What if you wake up one day and your mood seems different? For no reason, an overwhelming sensation of feeling “unfulfilled” in life, tugs at your soul. You press on with your day, desperate to ignore the growing discontent corroding your normal, positive mood. You try to shake it but can’t; you try to smile […]

Cheese Stress

By Janey Womeldorf

My relationship with cheese spans 30 tumultuous years. Its presence in my fridge is a source of stress one day, yet a source of relief the next. It has been my console at pity parties and my reward at celebrations; it is my Achilles heel of food yet my savior in cooking, and if there […]

Speak Up Now or Forever…

By Janey Womeldorf

I heard a crackle, then the distinctive smell hit my nostrils. “You burned my hair!” she screamed. “Sorry, I thought the flame needed to be higher,” I replied, fighting the laughter about to consume me. It was back in our smoking days. My girlfriend had leaned in to the gas stove to light her cigarette, […]

Three Weeks to Live

By Janey Womeldorf

“The news is not good. You only have three weeks to live.” And with that, her adventure begins. She quits her department store job, cashes in her IRA savings account and flies off, first class, to pursue what she had only dared dream about. This seemingly far-fetched, but not totally unrealistic, premise is the storyline […]

The Package

By Janey Womeldorf

His fellow soldiers pointed, mocked and roared with laughter at the contents of his package, but he didn’t care. What he found inside brought him more joy than all the other mail put together. When you marry someone in the military, deployments are part of the deal. You pretend to be okay with it, to […]

The Little Chubby Girl

By Janey Womeldorf

I first heard the story when I was eight years old. I have never forgotten it. One day, the bird kingdom decided to hold a competition to see which bird could fly the highest. All the birds gathered: sparrows, owls, eagles, and more, including one tiny bird whose name nobody knew. The gun sounded and […]

Naughty but Nice

By Janey Womeldorf

Healthy living inspires me – that’s why I read about it so much – to soothe my guilt. I have tried to change my habits, but it rarely lasts. One stumbling block always gets in the way: The good life is more appealing. I tried “intuitive eating” which is only eating what our body needs. […]

Sacred or Sinful?

By Janey Womeldorf

The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that, for the first time in U.S. history, traditional married households are now the minority. Sssh! Don’t tell Grandma. I met my soul mate 19 years ago. His parents followed the politically-correct marital path. Mine did not – well, not at first anyway. They chose to start out their […]

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