Month: May 2010

“Letters from Vietnam,” Hybrid Mom Blog, May 27, 2010

Letters from Vietnam Thursday, May 27th, 2010 My daughter Katie is on a medical brigade trip to Vietnam with a group of students from her University. Her letters are great and I wanted to share. Hello mother and father!! I am in Ho Chi Minh city right now..aka Saigon! We arrived yesterday morning. Today we woke up at 5:30 a.m. to drive 3 hours to the south to a mobile clinic that we set up at an elementary school for the teachers, kids and people living nearby. It was really amazing how poor the town was around the school and how many kids hadn’t seen a doctor or dentist in however long…we work with an organization called ACWP which is Aid to Children Without Parents. They have a bunch of different types of clinics and will sponser kids to stay in school and continue to support them to see that they make it to college. A big thing they do too is to make sure that in the deep south next to Cambodia where we’re going tomorrow to set up a clinic is to prevent the sex traffic of young girls. They showed us a video that they made undercover of girls as young as 5 being sold for a couple hundred dollars to brothels in Cambodia…so scary..so they sponsor girls to stay in school and raise awareness with...

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“Fly Bird,” Hybrid Mom Blog, May 20, 2010

Fly Bird… Thursday, May 20th, 2010 Last weekend marked a true milestone in our family. Our oldest son Danny graduated from college – in four years too, which now a days is a big feat. One of the greatest sounds is your child’s name announced at graduation! I have blogged about Danny before, the wild one of our children. The one who has always given us a run for our money. In high school he was all over the place academically.  He went from a 3.9 his freshman year to 1.9 the next two years and back up to a 3.6 his senior year.  He looked at no colleges. When a friend of his sisters stopped by the house and said he got into Denison University in Ohio early decision and that they had a second wave, Danny sitting at his computer said ”how do you spell that?” He applied, got in and had never even seen it.  Denison turned out to be a great fit for him.  A small liberal arts University with 2000 kids who all live on campus.  He eventually majored in English because he discovered he did really well in those classes and had a knack (as we always knew) for story telling…. We went in mass to celebrate his victory and accomplishment…To “give witness.” We shuffled around with our 20 + people and truly...

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“Do It Yourself Backyard Retreat,” Hybrid Mom Blog, May 13, 2010

Do it Yourself Backyard Retreat  Thursday, May 13th, 2010 I once moved to a house where in the backyard were a pool and a sort of retro fire pit, very 70’s.  The yard was beautiful but I thought the pit would have to go.  There was no rush since it would entail a jackhammer and some strong guys to get rid of it.  I got busy with the other aspects of the house and never got around to doing anything about it. I’m so glad I gave it an unexpected reprieve. It became the coolest hangout spot, especially as my children grew.  Everyone loves to sit around a campfire right?  Teenagers love a place to “hang” and this turned into that place and it was in my own yard…I could pop over, see if anyone wanted a coke and make sure all was “safe”. In my next house I wanted to add one but never got around to it.  After recently adding my new garden I decided to give it a go and try to recreate what we had in the old house but in my usual bargain hunting fashion, I didn’t want to spend the $1500.00 my friend did to have one built.  I saw an ad for a copper bowl fire pit on sale from Frontgate.com.  I ordered it and when it arrived I took it to a wrought...

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“A Fun Return to the ‘Past’ and a Great Make-up Tip!”, Hybrid Mom Blog, May 6, 2010

A Fun Return to the “Past” & a Great Make-Up Tip! Thursday, May 6th, 2010 As I mentioned in my last blog I was returning to As The World Turns in New York for a few days.  The travel was tough. Out of my house on the west coast to catch a 7 am flight and both workdays I was to be picked up at Grand Central Station at 6:25 am.  I maneuvered all that, mostly on adrenaline.  Man was I tired, but it was worth it.  The ride out to Brooklyn was a pleasure. Catching up with people I haven’t seen in a while was great. It was great seeing the gang at the studio.  The man who now portrays my ex-husband on the show, Jon Lindstrom played my boyfriend on the first soap I ever did in I think 1984…that was a hoot…we haven’t aged a bit…ha-haJ The wonderful thing about Soap Operas has always been steady employment and if you are in the arts, that is such a blessing because it is certainly not the norm. Now after 50 years this show is ending next month, something no one ever thought would happen.  Like so many people in this country, they must all reinvent, but the great thing about this visit was to see everyone fired up, making plans.  It was nice to hear people’s plans...

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