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Laurie Oien
Blogger. Writer. Chocolate Lover. Life is better with laughter.
Blogger. Writer. Chocolate Lover. Life is better with laughter.

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Don’t Stop Believing: From the Page To the Stage
Nothing stomps out
a dream or a goal you’ve set for yourself more than fear, not believing and
just plain not doing the work to accomplish it.  I recently had a flashback to when I
was in 5th grade and collaborated with two other classmates to write and

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Great News! Story Selected For The Fiction Challenge Contest From Two Drops Of Ink
I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to
have my short fiction story published on the literary website, Two Drops Of Ink . I submitted the story, Charlie’s Shoes , for a fiction story contest and the story made it through the first
selection round by being pu...

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Feeling very honored to have my story published on Two Drops Of Ink today. It's part of the Fiction Challenge contest - I'd love if you'd pop over to read and "Like" to cast your vote.

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The Frightful Vacation of ‘79: Sort of, Kind of A Ghost Story
The dad was at
the wheel, the mom in the middle and a listless teenager in the passenger side
probably rolling her eyes in boredom. For the last 1100 miles she had been mournfully
listening to the folk’s country music on the radio.  It had been quite a vaca...

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The Mystical Charm of Felines: This Happened at the Cat Video Festival
After the love I
witnessed at the Cat Video Festival,
it's hard to believe there was a time in European history where cats were
condemned and believed to be evil and often connected to witchcraft.  During
the Middle Ages many
cats were exterminated to ward ...

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Wine Tasting and Pairing: A Provocative Experience
more than one way to seduce my heart. Of course, dark chocolate is the obvious
one. But, throw in a tasting of wine and a warm saucy plate of Chicken Parmesan
prepared by Chef Todd Macdonald and
my taste buds delight in a sensual explosion.  Photo C...

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Our Nest is Empty: I'm NOT Naked or Afraid!
There's a T.V. show on cable that's
called “ Naked and Afraid ” and I've
never understood the fascination with walking around doing every day duties while naked. And, if they're not afraid of being naked then what are they afraid of?
I believe their fear co...

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Savoring the Minnesota Summer Days!
“You have to love a nation that celebrates its
independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who
file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family
picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets i...

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A Square Of Chocolate Lists the Unexpected Most Popular Posts
After  170 published blog posts and nearly 86,000 page views packed into this journey
of 2 1/2 years, I thought it would be fun to share the Top 10 most popular posts of all time
as of today's date. Can't say any of these went viral (or urinal as my mom wou...
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