Category Archives: Communication

Friendly Advice

Hi there, guys and dolls! Another week, more so-so advice 😉 Dear Barbara Jean, My children are at the age where they want to help out in the kitchen, but I am so concerned about it. You see, I like … Continue reading

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Oh Millie, We Hardly Knew Ye…

Hi there, guys and dolls! It’s Workday Wednesday and time for another almost completely true tale from my fictional workplace. Today’s adventure is all about Millie. At least I think that’s what her name is, to be honest, she came … Continue reading

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Bake Sale Debacle

Hi there, guys and dolls! High drama yet again in the neighborhood! Who’d have thought that a child’s fundraising event could bring out such hostility and downright bad manners in our civilized social set? Okay, I did, but then again … Continue reading

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I’ll Give You an Eyeful

Hi there, guys and dolls. Having neighbors is great, isn’t it? There’s always someone around for a cup of sugar or to have a chinwag over coffee or scotch (both, whatever, I don’t judge). And then there’s other times. Take … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Magic

Hi there, guys and dolls! As writers, my girls Andrea and Heather make things up. They pull ideas out of what seems like thin air, making up tales of trails that twist along and lead somewhere. There is plenty of … Continue reading

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Grow, Change or Stay the Same?

Hi there, guys and dolls! Do you often hear voices in your head? Well I do, or should I say my girls Andrea and Heather do (sometimes I forget that I’m the fictional alter ego and my real writer girls … Continue reading

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Andrea and Heather Take 5 with Barbara Jean

Hi there, guys and dolls! Well, if you told someone you’d ‘See You in September,’ you’d better do it lickety split, because the month’s almost over. Wasn’t that a fast one? Yours truly cannot believe how fast the days fly. … Continue reading

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Not Now, I Must Have My Beauty Sleep

Hi there, guys and dolls! Well I don’t know about you, but my girls (Andrea and Heather) have both been hitting the snooze button lately. They’ve been talking and realizing that they’ve been needing a little extra zzz’s and taking … Continue reading

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Marilyn Takes 5 with Barbara Jean

Hi there, guys and dolls! Sigh, the end of summer is nigh. Hasn’t it been such a lovely one? Yours truly has had such a golden time; it was just so peachy with my time so beachy. However, the month … Continue reading

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George Takes 5 with Barbara Jean

Hi there, guys and dolls! Happy almost midsummer. Hope you are all having a lovely time, whatever you are getting up to. I sure am, and part of my fun in the sun is enjoying a tall, cool drink in … Continue reading

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