Lucia Raatma

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Fun and Games

Posted by Webmaster on March 29, 2011 at 8:33 PM Comments comments (2)

Reading between the lines. When I was taking a screenwriting class in college, I remember our professor explaining how dialogue was by nature murky and unclear. People seldom say what they really mean. Instead they imply, they suggest, they deflect. Saying what you want and what you need seldom happens onscreen.

And what about in real life? All too often, we sidestep the real issues, the real worries and questions we might have. We mention that the economy is terrible, but m...

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So Much to Be Thankful For

Posted by Webmaster on November 23, 2010 at 11:51 AM Comments comments (1)

Thanksgiving is just two days away, which means it’s the perfect time to talk about all the things I’m grateful for. And, really, there is so much on that list.


At the very top of my mound of blessings are my wonderful husband and kids. Andy is always there to make me laugh, even after a very bad day, and I consider myself so lucky to have tied the knot with him nearly sixteen years ago. Two of the incredible benefits of our marriage are our sweet, healthy, hap...

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Facebook

Posted by Webmaster on October 16, 2010 at 10:06 PM Comments comments (0)

Facebook. It seems to be the new way to communicate, not just for the younger generation but for everyone. I remember when I was first encouraged to create a Facbook page, I wasn't sure what the point was. But now, I have to admit, I check my page daily--often more than once--to see what all my friends are up to.

On some days, Facebook is very entertaining. I hear what gripes people have or read about life's littie success stories. Some people post great photos or videos or ...

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Those Big Brown Eyes

Posted by Webmaster on March 26, 2010 at 3:54 PM Comments comments (0)

She was my very first baby. Weighing just three pounds at six weeks old, Chloe entered our home and changed everything forever. The day we got her from the breeder was, for my husband and me, like the best Christmas ever. From the first day, that sweet golden retriever took naps on our laps, nipped at our shoelaces, and brought joy to us every minute.

These days Chloe is 12 years old and doesn't move as quickly as she used to. Gone are her ball-chasing days, but her puppy sp...

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"We Are What We Repeatedly Do"

Posted by Webmaster on February 22, 2010 at 10:34 AM Comments comments (0)

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."

I read that statement (from Aristotle) a few days ago, and it really made me think. What habits do I have that define who I am?

Well, I check my email all the time. What does that mean? Maybe it means that I'm conscientous and I want to stay on top of all my work obligations. Or maybe it means I like staying in touch. Or maybe it means I should take a few days off!

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Posted by Webmaster on February 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM Comments comments (0)

OK, I know it's snowing throughout the rest of the country and I shouldn't complain. But it was 30 degrees overnight, and for Tampa that just isn't right.

Last year this time, the kids played outside every day, but now we find ourselves huddled in movie theaters and malls. We wear fleece jackets and long pants. And have to wear socks! Considering my love of sandals, that is a huge sacrifice.

No doubt this won't last long. By March it will be warm, and by Ma...

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Bowling in My Living Room

Posted by Webmaster on January 16, 2010 at 4:23 PM Comments comments (1)

For months, my husband and I swore we'd never own a Wii. Stupid, we thought. Go outside and play real tennis or baseball or whatever. Why would anyone play sports using a TV? But, alas, Santa undermined us this past Christmas, and there was a Wii just waiting under the tree. Of course, Lizzie and Alex were thrilled.

So in the weeks since, they've played everything on Wii Sports, some Marios, and the rest. Andy has wisely stayed away, but I've attempted a few match-ups with m...

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A Daily Walk

Posted by Webmaster on January 14, 2010 at 11:06 AM Comments comments (1)

It's been cold in Florida lately, but today the beautiful weather is back. So an early-morning walk seemed like the perfect way to start the day. For me, there is no better way to clear my head and spend some time with myself.

A pair of cranes greeted me after a mile or so, and flock of birds flew overhead. I think I heard a cow "moo" somewhere in the distance, and the sun peaked through the light clouds. All the while, the thoughts in my mind just swirled and gradually cal...

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A New Year

Posted by Webmaster on January 13, 2010 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (2)

It sounds so corny, I know, but the new year has started, and I see a world full of possibilities. What will happen in 2010?

Already my daughter, Lizzie, has developed a new interest--horseback riding lessons--and who knows what will strike her fancy next. Meanwhile my son, Alex, is loving every minute on the soccer field. It's so much fun to watch them grow up and try new things. Every day seems to be an adventure.

And what will I write in 2010? I just fi...

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