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Cathy Valenti

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To Speak or Not to Speak... the Answer is Obvious
I joined Toastmasters two months
ago. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for many years, but I never dug up the
courage to follow through. I thought it would be nerve-wracking, I would be
under a lot of pressure to succeed, and I would be out of my league wit...

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Mushrooms, Anyone?
A mushroom goes into a bar and sits
down to order a drink. The bartender walks over and says, ''I'm sorry sir, but
we don't serve your kind here.'' The mushroom sits back and asks
,''Why not? I'm a fun guy! Actually the mushroom wasn’t a
fungi, he was a fun...

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Unforgettable Thanksgiving
There are some things in this world that we simply cannot
forget. Today I am writing about a To Do list. One that I wrote
probably six or seven years ago in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner, which I
have hosted for my family and friends almost every year...

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Love Thy Neighbor
I previously blogged about some of my neighbors, and how
helpful they were when I was trying to re-landscape my front yard (take out two
monster shrubs that threatened to eliminate anything in their paths.)  Now, during an unusual November cold snap, I need...

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I admit it. I am sometimes easily distracted. Especially when I hit a snag in writing, or I've been
editing for too many consecutive hours. Or when what I'm doing has become monotonous
or tedious and I need a break. I've noticed if I stay in front of my com...

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Yes, I Am a Runner
I'm a runner. I didn't start running until a little over
seven years ago. And after all this time, it still feels a little awkward to
just come out and say it. Mostly because I'm a wimpy runner. I walk uphill,
mostly run on flat land, and manage to pick up ...

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I love lists too. There's nothing better than checking off one more item...

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In my previous post I mentioned I love music. I would like
to add that I really like almost any kind. I was raised on a mixture of
classical (from my dad and mom), sixties and seventies (from my older brother),
and a bit of country thrown in (from my friend...

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Music - I Love Music!
I love music, and love to sing along with my favorite songs.
That's quite normal, right? I'm sure I'm not the only one to sing in the shower, and
possibly not the only one to sing at the top of my lungs in my house when I'm
alone. I can carry a tune, althou...

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Tomorrow my brother Marty travels back to Coeur d'Alene,
after spending the entire weekend with me. It was so much fun, and we were busy
from the time we both eventually rolled out of our beds to the time we said
goodnight. Today I thought about opting out ...
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