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At Home With Vivian: How I Met Your Father

At Home With Vivian: How I Met Your Father

| May 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

My mother believed in fate. She’d often say, “It will happen when it’s supposed to happen but it wouldn’t hurt to help it along.” When something happened, good or bad, she’d say, “It was meant to be.” On one fateful day in 1973…. My college roommate, Katie, knew that a young man from the sixth […]

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At Home With Vivian: Time for  a walk

At Home With Vivian: Time for a walk

| May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Italian American Studies Association could not have picked a better day to go for a walk. I appreciated the beautiful spring day as we strolled through the old part of town and down to Grangers Wharf last Sunday. The sun was shining and the birds were singing. My husband Jeff and I had a […]

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At Home With Vivian: Internet party

At Home With Vivian: Internet party

| May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Say, hey, good lookin’ Whatcha got cookin’? How’s about cookin’ somethin’ up with me? Hey, sweet baby Don’t you think maybe We could find us a brand new recipe? Can’t you just hear Hank Williams singing that song? Got the melody stuck you your head now? Well, I do. But I’m not hearing Hank. I’m […]

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At Home With Vivian: The Drowsy Chaperone

At Home With Vivian: The Drowsy Chaperone

| April 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

(Additional photo gallery) Live musicians! Glorious costumes! Intricate sets! Show stopping song and dance numbers! Mix in two people in love on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a distressed theater producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, a tipsy chaperone, and a skater skating […]

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At Home With Vivian: Bingo!

At Home With Vivian: Bingo!

| April 18, 2018 | 2 Comments

“How would you like to go out for dinner tonight?” my normally thrifty husband Jeff asked on Saturday afternoon. What? Jeff is actually willing to pay for dinner? You bet I’m going! Then I found out it was at St. Catherine of Sienna’s Bingo night. Three dollar hot dogs, four dollar hamburgers. I shouldn’t have […]

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At Home With Vivian: Always a smile

At Home With Vivian: Always a smile

| April 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

Every week I trek down to the Martinez News-Gazette office for extra copies of my column to mail off to my three adult children. I thoroughly enjoy a little chit chat with whoever is staffing the front desk. One lady in particular always has a smile and nothing but good words to say. Barbara Cetko […]

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Visiting the Holy Land: Where Jesus Walked

Visiting the Holy Land: Where Jesus Walked

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

St. Catherine of Sienna parishioners Bonnie Stone and Kalama Schreiner recently returned from a tour of Israel where they had a marvelous time and brought home a lifetime of good memories. They flew into Tel Aviv and, for two weeks, traveled through the country on what many historians believe was the path Jesus followed in […]

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At Home With Vivian: Patterns in time

At Home With Vivian: Patterns in time

| March 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

I said the Easter dress was purple. Johnette said it was white. I went through my mother’s old photo albums the other day looking for that certain picture to prove my kid sister wrong. Photo albums are my ‘external’ hard drive. That’s where I keep memories that my brain has no room to store. With […]

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At Home With Vivian: Hanami

At Home With Vivian: Hanami

| March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Grammie, its time for you to go home!” Jeff and I teased his mother recently. Unfortunately, she did have to go back to Oregon. “Back to the rain and gloom,” Grammie sighed. Grammie moved to Oregon several years ago. The wet winters there finally got to her. Last year she came for a two week […]

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At Home With Vivian: Best Foot Forward

At Home With Vivian: Best Foot Forward

| March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Woo hoo! I have once again returned from “The Biggest Sewing Party in America,” where women gaze in awe, squeal with delight and happily jostle their way through the crowded aisles of The Sewing and Stitchery Expo. Set in the beautiful Great Northwest, this four day event is a dream vacation for needle artists. Sewing, […]

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