Mary Beth Writes

Are you a small (not chain) shop or at-home business or craft person? Would you like to advertise your product or event? Would you like to offer public congratulations to a friend or relative?

Would you like to do this for $12 a month!!??

We are not connected to any blog hosting or website service; it’s just Len the Drupal wizard and MB the Writer here. We think we can use our independence to give you a modest way to market your side-hustle or give a cheerful shout-out to pals and family.

This is how:  Fill out the form at the bottom of this page. Include your name and email plus less than 15 words that you'd like to include in your ad.  I'll get back to you ASAP with a sample ad.  If you'd like to include a small photo, let me know and I'll send you information about how you can get your pix to me. Your ad that will run on the right side of every page of my website for a month. 

We reserve the right to say no to iffy stuff or to companies big enough to buy their advertising in the regular places.

Cost is $12 per month. $2 will go to Women’s Funding Network at http://www.womensfundingnetwork.org/ Causes may change occasionally.

Things to consider: Don’t include the faces of people who aren’t aware they will be in an ad. Side views are safest, especially for children. Don’t take random photos from the internet; use your own.  We will often use background hues in the boxes- do you have a fav color? We plan to email a sample ad for you to peruse BEFORE it’s posted. If you are interested but unsure, communicate with us.

We will set up a credit card/ PayPal account when/if this takes off.  For the moment, email to me and I will give you my PO address to which to send a check or money order.

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Ricky

8/7/2022

My step-grandmother Ricky ate an apple every night. She’d sit on her bed, lean against the headboard, then chomp the apple after which she would remove her false teeth and lay down to sleep.

I haven’t really thought about Ricky in years but this week for no identifiable reason (because we were talking about unsung aspects of our lives?) I dreamed about her. I awoke one morning seeing her face as she stood in her dining room chatting with my mom and me. Ergo, I started thinking about her.

What's Ordinary in Your World?

This train photo is not cribbed from anywhere. It's a Genuine Leonardo. 

8/1/2022

Hello and how are you? I am writing less and less as Len and I meander around to doctors, specialists, dentists, and that way-too-early appointment at the endodontist. (So far, we are fine.) The irony being that most of what we are attending to are the side effects of medications prescribed for stuff that didn’t hurt and we didn’t even know we had.

A Quiet Week

The cat in the picture is my daughter's cat, Nancy. Sometimes we all just need a quiet place to slow down and think.

7/23/2022

What's going right in your world?

7/11/2022

My teeth again. Argh. This past week I’ve had a jaw ache/toothache that got worse instead of better. Today my dentist said I need a crown but also that’s not the thing that is causing the swelling and infection and ache. I now have an Rx for an antibiotic and an appointment for that crown and an appointment with an endodontist to get an Xray worthy of NASA.

Memory & Consequences

7/7/2022

To remember hard stories truthfully requires bravery.

WHITE CAKE!

The picture is our wedding cake, made by my friend Karen, who drove it from Indiana to Chicago on the hottest day of that year. It was in the back seat so their two little boys had to ride in front (remember when kids could ride in front?). They got lost in the city but I didn't know that for years because Karen and her husband start early and had time to get lost and then figure it out. Sometimes wedded bliss is a lot of work. 

The following story and recipe is not about the wedding cake, but it is the photo I have...

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6/30/2022

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