61 year young dabbler in writing, gushing mom of a professional ballerina, contented wife of 40 years, "kept" woman of 1 dog, 3 cats and an overgrown garden (all needing, and deserving, my undivided attention 24/7). Jettisoned into blogging to defy spinmeisters who claimed to speak for me during the 2008 presidential campaign, and those who hammered away at Michael Jackson, even in death. Wanted to be a voice for reason, common sense, compassion and a positive attitude even though I might not be heard above the din in the blogosphere. Would like humankind to follow the lead of the Venetians who have built a uniquely vibrant and colorful country with an eclectic mix of people, by connecting hundreds of small islands with bridges. People the world over are connected by the ordinariness of our lives. We awake, we eat, we work, we play, we poop (TMI, but true) and we sleep. Oprah may do it in a billion dollar way, but she'd agree that the big stuff comes and goes while the small stuff remains with us. And so I write about the minutiae of daily living with an ATTENTION TO DETAIL. I tend to be anal about it, but I accept that that's a part of who I am.