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  • FeaturedLettuce

    When lettuce cries

    Posted on June 28, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Growing up the only type of salad available was the one from my grandfather’s garden. Where I come from, gardens are always at the front of the homes, in plain sight for everyone passing by. By the way, I’m no lettuce expert, just sharing memories. During the summer we had regular lettuce, or germogli.  When […]

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    Facebook and charities sponsored ads.

    Posted on June 14, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I’m mad. No, I’m offended. Like most of us I donate to some specific charities. I tend to pick the ones claiming to help children. I say claiming because you never know for sure where the money ends up. And that brings me to the reason I’m so upset. One of the charities is, SmileTrain.org […]

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    Truth is stranger than Fiction and here is proof.

    Posted on May 31, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    The plot of A Cat To Die For revolves around a strange coincidence. Two Calico cats. Males. For non cat people, a male calico it’s hard to find, so what are the chances of two look alike male calico? Believe it or not, it happens. In real life. And here is proof. The calico on […]

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  • Snake Crossing

    Posted on May 10, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Thursday afternoon, coming from Linda’s salon, feeling good about my nice haircut. Instead of going straight home I take a detour to pick up stuff from a friend and I’m driving through Paradise Valley, the most expensive dirt in Maricopa County. A place well known for some odd reasons. The only town without a grocery […]

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  • When Size Matters

    Posted on April 26, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    First, let me say that this is not about physical attributes.   Continue reading at your own risk of annoyance because this blog is all about…drum roll please…toilet paper.  Yes, the lowly toilet paper. We don’t talk about it, we don’t think about it until we run out of it. One of the best examples is […]

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  • A spare dollar.

    Posted on April 12, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I keep dollar bills in my car. The kids used to argue at first, then poke fun at me for it. They know I give the money to street beggars. You probably do also. However, I don’t give money to all the street beggars I encounter. I’m not sure what it is that pushes my […]

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    It was meant to be an act of love

    Posted on March 29, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    No more Bucket List for me…. So I have this little, white, ferret, Girl who is now 7. Old in ferret years. Inspired by the heart melting Subaru commercial about a dog and his loving owner on a bucket list quest, I set out to find a playmate for my ferret. I started with the […]

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    Exotic pets for regular folks.

    Posted on March 15, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I don’t know how many of you have seen that Subaru Commercial about a dog turning fourteen and the owner deciding to tackle the bucket list. The dog’s bucket list. My ferret is seven that’s old in ferret’s years, and I felt inspired by the commercial. This week’s blog was supposed to be about that, […]

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    From Facebook to face to face

    Posted on March 1, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Left Coast Crime Conference was my official reentry into the fascinating universe of writers and publishers. I didn’t know how much I missed that world until I got to the Hyatt, the hotel where the conference took place. With the official opening scheduled for Thursday, I arrived Wednesday afternoon eager to help out with registration. […]

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    A ferret in a swag bag

    Posted on February 16, 2016 by Maria Grazia Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Next week the Left Coast Crime Conference will be in Phoenix, AZ.  The first thing you receive after you sign in to register, is a badge with your name and a swag bag. The bag contains a plethora of books samples, and other marketing gizmos from authors and publishers. Over the years I treasured the […]

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