Author Archives: maryannniemczura

11 Things To Achieve Greatness

Learn a foreign language early in life Live abroad (we chose Germany) or travel often Attend schools abroad (we chose Germany) Start music lessons as children Be a role model as a parent Learn compassion, understanding, respect Get a good … Continue reading

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Grand Like Nowhere Else

Arizona With Heart  go to the Red Rocks go to Arizona Arizona is hot Arizona is dry dry heat comforts dry air means to hydrate hydrate often hydrate loads loads of cacti loads of red red sidewalks red dirt dirt … Continue reading

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The Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

    Awe-inspiring red rocks surround us. Breathtaking scenes are everywhere. This beautiful place is heaven on earth. It is peaceful. Comfort to the soul. A paradise for artists, poets and writers. The vortex attracts us and monsoon rains come … Continue reading

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5 Things To Do This Summer

      Pack sandals, shorts, sunglasses, sunscreen and sun hat. Bring camera, iPhone or iPad and a good book or two. Travel to those longed-for destinations. Book that flight and plan the activities. Celebrate a birthday and celebrate life … Continue reading

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An Ocean Respite

Downtime, breathing space, a change of pace – this was reason enough for the short trip to the ocean at Southampton.   Benches awaited us in the sand. We sat, watched and waited for each wave to roll in from … Continue reading

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Nostalgia for the Good Old Days

My story begins in Massachusetts where I was born. From age 5, I recall a smoke bush outside the window and playing all day long outdoors with my sisters and neighborhood friends.  There was a grand piano in the living … Continue reading

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Nature’s Entertainment

Living in suburbia with protected wetlands nearby provides a myriad of entertainment. Over the years we have had strange, unexpected encounters. The big fat frog in the flowerpot or little bunnies scampering hither and fro, eating us out of our … Continue reading

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