Donna Smaldone
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Tuesday / December 27 / 2011

Homesick

Me with my most cherished son Grant in Charleston, South Carolina on the night of his law school graduation (Dec 11, 2011)
Me with my most cherished son Grant in Charleston, South Carolina on the night of his law school graduation (Dec 11, 2011)

It’s a cold, damp night and I can tell by the needles hitting the roof that sleet has entered the race. I lean my head back on the headrest, watching the dotted white lines pass by like neatly arranged white ties hanging in a dim closet. Read the full story…

Thursday / December 22 / 2011

3 reasons to lock lips with your lover

When I wrote the post, “Why a 20-second KISS matters” I received a lot of great feedback, including what a tease it was to include nothing about actual kissing! Well, my friends, wet your lips and prepare for some smooch talk. Read the full story…

Sunday / December 18 / 2011

Are YOU ready for Christmas?

My cherished grandson Brody REALLY enjoys making (read: eating) gingerbread houses (December 4, 2011 at Christ Church)
My cherished grandson Brody REALLY enjoys making (read: eating) gingerbread houses (December 4, 2011 at Christ Church)

Tis the season to be asked over and over, “Are you ready for Christmas!?” It’s a seasonal question we pull out every year. Part of our comfortable, don’t-get-to-deep language; like asking, “How are you?” after you’ve said hello.

For the past several years, I’ve adopted a new outlook. Read the full story…

Wednesday / December 14 / 2011

Why a 20-second KISS matters

Beaming parents Skip-n-Donna with our son Grant, graduate of the Charleston School of Law
Beaming parents Skip-n-Donna with our son Grant, graduate of the Charleston School of Law

As we pulled away from our gate in Myrtle Beach, the captain’s voice came over the speakers noting we were Number One for take-off, but would have to wait ten minutes as requested by the tower in Charlotte due to excessive traffic.

Arms linked, Skip-n-I closed our eyes and rested in our non-reclinable seats. Read the full story…

Saturday / December 10 / 2011

The question that does not discriminate

Stunning sunset in Charleston, South Carolina (September 13, 2011)
Stunning sunset in Charleston, South Carolina (September 13, 2011)

Ah, the age old question that does not discriminate. No matter gay or straight, rich or poor, young or old, educated or not, this question invades everyone’s space. Everyone’s. Read the full story…