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How did the 2 of us create HER?
Monday, June 27, 2016      37 comments

That was DH's comment at the conclusion of DD's semi-final performance at the Cliburn International Piano Competition on Thursday. We watched the live stream broadcast of the field of 12, down from the original 68 competitors invited to Fort Wo... Read more
Sparker Hayburner1969 finishing her semi-final performance at the Cliburn International Piano Compet
Friday, June 24, 2016      35 comments

I LOVE this picture. At 2am Jeannie (my DD) posted the following on Facebook. "Hey everyone, I'm totally pooped and crawling into bed, but I want... Read more
"Several Amateur Pianists Stand Out in the Quarterfinals of the Cliburn"
Thursday, June 23, 2016      34 comments

And one of them is my DD#1 - Sparker Hayburner1969 She was pleased with her performance in the round of 30 (down from the 68 International competi... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts The Medical Benefits of Sparking by Association
Thursday, June 16, 2016      193 comments

I've written about DH a lot in the past 7 years. I've called him the "junk food king of the world" For those who have only known me only a short time, this was my kitchen table in 2010. It was not a staged photo. It really looked like t... Read more
It's Spark Guy's fault that my laundry isn't folded
Sunday, June 05, 2016      38 comments

It's DH's fault that I burned my toast this morning. It's my friend's fault for retiring so that so much tempting food was right in front of me today It's the wind's fault that I couldn't kayak longer. Which are true? Definitely not the fi... Read more
The Way We Were
Friday, June 03, 2016      38 comments

Since I've finished my "old spark friends" project, here's one of my oldest real life friends. Joe and Me in '63 - our first date at Rockaway Beach, Long Island, NY. He was 18. I was almost 16. ... Read more
Three purchases needed - immediately
Thursday, June 02, 2016      40 comments

Tomorrow DH & I will be married for 49 years. There isn't much we NEED to buy anymore. You acquire a lot of stuff over a half century. In the beginning all our worldly possessions fit into the back of a 1961 station wagon. We didn't downsize... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 24
Tuesday, May 31, 2016      29 comments

Today's group of 18 are the end of the line. One last post is significant, something we say to ourselves and each other all the time. "Today is the first day of the rest of my life." That's a true statement. However, since she disappea... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 23
Monday, May 30, 2016      20 comments

"I thought we were already friends" Today's group is a recent addition to my friends list since I'm proceeding chronologically through it. Yet many are long term spark veterans whose presence I've always noticed. Through this project we are no... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 22
Sunday, May 29, 2016      16 comments

The Spark World and my gym have several things in common. As I analyze and synthesize what I've learned during this project I've noticed several similarities. Some people are regulars in the fitness classes - something for everyone. So... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 21
Saturday, May 28, 2016      17 comments

Three weeks along in this project and the finish line is in sight. I expected it to take much longer checking out 10 old friends per day, but I doubled that early on. It was like bumping into old friends on the street and catching up. I even m... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 20
Friday, May 27, 2016      20 comments

"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." For Sparkers either can be true. Sometimes sequentially and occasionally at the same time. Congrats to Watermellen who identified my last literary reference. Along with the basi... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 19
Thursday, May 26, 2016      16 comments

"In Times of Change, Learners Inherit the Earth while the Learned are Perfectly Prepared for a World that No Longer Exists" That was one of the quotations displayed prominently in the front of my classroom. It's also the title of my person... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 18
Wednesday, May 25, 2016      18 comments

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" Anyone get my reference? Yes, even Math majors read the classics. In the context of my project, substitute "sparkers" for "families" I'm looking at unhappy ... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 17
Tuesday, May 24, 2016      17 comments

"It's not our old Brooklyn anymore" That's what an old friend told me 2 years ago when I was planning to attend my 50th high school reunion. It's also the comment I got from a spark friend about this community as she returned after a long brea... Read more

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