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I’m using my lifeline: Poker

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This is a story about opening up your hearts and minds. It’s a true story. And it’s also a story about poker, and life. My life in particular.  What do you do when you have had a particularly bad day? How do you cope with it? And what would you do if one day you […]

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Are we breaking up Instagram?

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I had a dream last night that I started posting pictures of myself and what I look like most days. And what I look like most days is tired, pale, with crazy hair. But on my actual timeline you see the version that takes a little bit of work: my hair is usually done and […]

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To Be or Not to Be a B Cup

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This Cancer Survivor’s opinion about Reconstruction Overwhelmed and dazed. That’s the best way to describe how I felt when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. My version was Stage 2A invasive lobular breast cancer. After returning home from a magical Mexico vacation with my husband I discovered a lump in my left breast. This […]

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Why we moved to Canada

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In March of 2016 Monty & I packed up our car and our cat and made the move from Madison, WI to Ottawa, ON. Many of our friends in the States still question why we made the move and often our new fellow Canadians ask us the same question. It tends to happen at least […]

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Poker: It takes 6 bullets to cripple a pro, and only 1 to kill me

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At the end of April, Monty and I ventured off to Montreal to play the Party Poker North America Millions event. The main event had a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million dollars, with the top 3 places guaranteed at least $1 million each. The buy in for the event was $5,300, which for us, like […]

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Remember me? It’s Pamela, I miss you.

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It has been a long time my friends, over a year actually. How are you doing? I’m doing pretty good. I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to write, but it has been a hectic year. Monty & I (and Misty) are still in Ottawa and enjoying Canadian living. We do miss our […]

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Fashion Profile: ‘Keep Company’ Vegan Shoes

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Sometimes I run across a product, brand, service or business that I love so much that I write about it. You all know that. I recently bought a pair of KEEP x AD-ROCK vegan shoes that I am in love with. Let me tell you about the company and the shoes. I originally was tagged […]

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Breast Cancer Update: More Surgery, Less Pain

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I couldn’t be happier. Ok I might be a little happier if I had my original breast. And if I didn’t ever have cancer. And oh if only I had my 22 year old body back. But I am recovering from another surgery and am so happy with the results. Here’s what happened. As we […]

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Destination: Canada!

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Monty, Misty & I ventured off on our 2 day road trip last week to our new home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Ottawa is the nation’s beautiful capital in the eastern part of the Province of Ontario, hugging the border to the Province of Quebec. We had been planning our move for many months, and […]

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Permission to be Lazy

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The other evening Monty & I attended an event where the guest speaker was meant to inspire the audience. We weren’t sure of the subject matter heading into it, but the talking points and leave behind messages were something like this. “Success is achieved by hard work”, “If you have dreams, then dream bigger”, “Make […]

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Not just another Breast Cancer Awareness List

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The unfortunate fact is that someone you know is likely going to be diagnosed with breast cancer in your lifetime. I am a survivor of stage 2 lobular invasive breast cancer. I underwent a modified radical mastectomy, radiation and take long term hormone suppressor drugs. I am 18 months since diagnosis and 6 months since […]

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Designer Profile: K/LLER Collection

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If you see me on any given day, there is a 70% chance I’m wearing some jewelry by my favorite designers K/LLER Collection. The designers behind the Brooklyn based brand are the talented Katie DeGuzman and Michael Miller who met at the Parsons School of Design where they were studying furniture design. Their interests shifted […]

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This group saved my cat’s life

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If you are like me and Monty, your pet companions are an important part of your family. To some, like us, they are your best friends and like children. As you know we lost one of our beloved cats, Salem this summer, so our concern became even greater as my other cat, Misty’s, strange health […]

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Fall Fashion: French Style

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I have been adjusting my clothing spending habits a bit and building out more of the ‘French Woman Wardrobe’. I am spending more money on really beautiful , quality and interesting pieces that: 1. Elevate what I already own 2.  I can wear into different seasons and 3. Keep for a long time. That doesn’t […]

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Talking Friendship with my Friend of 33 Years

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A couple of weeks ago, I traveled down to Charlotte, N.C to visit my girlfriend Sue. She had just relocated there with her husband and two teenage kids after many years of living in Atlanta. I wanted to see how she was settling into her new home and community and spend time with her just […]

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To Bang or Not to Bang?

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This age old question crops up with most of us at least once every couple of years when we are looking at changing our hair style. I invited my stylist Jamie O’Brien from The Beauty Room in Madison, WI to offer her expert take on this and offer up some advice as a Guest Contributor […]

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My 7 Key Pieces for Fall

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Fall is just around the corner so you might want to start thinking about your Fall Fashion shopping list and pulling some pieces from the archives. My fall shopping is DONE! Between these new additions and a few from my own archives, I’ll be mixing and matching while hitting the mark with the trends.  I […]

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My Fall Finds: Shoes & Accessories

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Here are my key accessories for Fall, some old, some new! I always purchase based on personal style but it just so happens I managed to cover a few fall trends while I was at it. Purchasing details are available if you click on the image or image details link. Petite Burst Y Gold Necklace; […]

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Brands I’m Wearing, Watching & Where to Buy

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You know how I listed the top 3 questions that people ask me in my last post? Coming in at a close 4th is “Where do you shop? So I put together a checklist for you of the brands I’m wearing now, the ones I have my eye on, and where I’m doing my shopping […]

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10 Things to Consider Before you Start your Own Business

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Note: I refer to ‘iona’ many times in this post. Iona was the designer fashion boutique I opened and ran in Madison, WI from 2013-2015. Let’s get started. The questions I am most commonly asked today are: 1. Do you miss ‘iona’? 2. Would you open ‘iona’ again? 3. How did you start your own […]

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