IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW

This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote. If you want to participate, create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here. Be sure to link to this post, not my page.

Featured Bloggers for WQW #6 Romance/Love

Your friendships mean so much. Thank you all for joining in.

I don’t usually post links after the deadline, but Suzanne from PICTURE RETIREMENT posted such an informative essay on socialization, that it is worth your effort to read it. If you haven’t checked out the other social posts they are all listed at the beginning of last week’s WQW. Many of you think that socializing is one of the most important aspects of blogging.

#WQW #7 – Topic: Where Do You Want to Travel?

Definition: Travel: go from one place to another, typically over a distance of some length.

Travel has been severely curtailed over the past two years. Maybe travel is nothing but a dream. Today let’s DREAM together. There have probably been some places you have seen on blogs, travel magazines, or heard your friend’s stories.

You’ve thought, “That sounds like fun. I’d really like to do some research there. I could get some gorgeous photos there. My parents used to live there before I was born. My ancestors are from there.”

At some level, you’ve mentally added those locales to your bucket list.

My Choices for Travel Dreams

On the way to Scottsdale, AZ

“Work, travel, save, repeat”

-Unknown

During my last few years of work, we lived this quote. We bought a timeshare and traveled to places of our dreams. When COVID hit, we gave that investment back to the company for an extra $1,000 and cut our losses to better prepare for retirement.

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.

– Susan Heller

Right after COVID hit, Vince and I decided to move to his dream vacationland, the high desert. It’s been like a vacation since. We can go on short trips even though I struggled after my pickleball injury with DVT from September to now. I can sit for an hour or so with no problem. We go off to Sedona, Scottsdale, Wickenburg, or Williams., AZ. The choices have been endless, really.

For now, long travel is primarily in our dreams. Some dreams may be obtainable, though. Maybe you can tell which is which. As the curator of my life, I am going to have to prioritize which ones are doable and plan accordingly. In each of the locations, one of my goals would be to meet blogging friends I have made and take lots of photos.

Our first hike around Watson Lake

“Traveling leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.”

-Ian Battuta

My List of Dream Vacations

  • Portland, OR – to meet up with local bloggers, my brother and some Kiwanis friends who moved there.
  • Italy – to see where Vince’s ancestors are from. I just love Italy
  • Alaska – My husband would love to go on a cruise.
  • Vegas to see a show, the Bellagio Garden Display and more of the countryside.
  • Toronto – to see all the gorgeous places I see in Natalie the Explorer’s and Mama Cormier’s pictures.
  • Buchart Gardens – because Vince has never been there and to me it’s one of the wonders of the world.
  • the Central California Coast and walk on the beach and visit the beautiful vineyards, spend time with friends
  • Scotland and Ireland to see the beautiful green countrysides.
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago with my friend Connie.
  • Home to Woodlake, CA to see my friends and dig in the Woodlake Rose and Botanical Gardens.
  • Hike with Johnbo and his wife, Lynn various places in AZ.

“Live your life by a compass not a clock.”

Steven Covey

Past Memorable Trip – Buildings in Chicago, IL

 “There seems to be a different Chicago around every street corner, behind every bar, and within every apartment, two-flat, cottage, or bungalow. City of immigrants or city of heartless plutocrats, say what you will, Chicago almost defies interpretation. In many ways, Chicago is like a snake that sheds its skin every thirty years or so and puts on a new coat to conform to a new reality.” 

—Dominic A. Pacyga, “Chicago: A Biography” (2009)

These buildings we saw on an architectural tour meet Cee’s CFFC topic: buildings. In 2013, my brother Randy and I, took an epic trip to visit our homeland, Indianapolis. We journeyed by train honoring his inner ear problem disallowing him from flying. It turned out to be a great opportunity. We stopped off in Chicago and spent a couple of days touring this beautiful city.

Some of these photos are also #SquareOdds. Odd being this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip with my brother. Odd also in that I never liked living in Indiana, and yet we had a fabulous time there and discovered lots of things about Indiana that I liked and could be proud of.

The oddest to me was the man with the scowl as we toured this architectural oasis. In his defense, he was probably looking into the sun with no sunglasses. But that’s a bit odd to think your eyes are invulnerable to cataracts at any age over 55. He looks a little bit like William Shatner.

High Chicago Windows

Windows reigned in Chicago, so I lucked out meeting Ludwig’s Monday Windows. Randy was such a trooper. First, he went on a boat. Fortunately, it went slowly and didn’t bother him. Then we went to Willis Tower. The last place I expected to find this guy who is deathly afraid of heights when he disappeared was on the ledge. LOL. It proves that you never really know the people you live with.

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89 responses to “WQW #7: Dream Travel Plans for 2022”

  1. Sailing away from the safe harbour: some travel dreams - Travel with me Avatar

    […] What are the main places currently on that list? Where am I dreaming of? Marsha is curious about my dream travel plans for 2022 so I’ll start with those. I have always wanted to go to Nepal and see the Himalayas. Not to trek, […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love that sloth!

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  2. Toonsarah Avatar

    I don’t usually join in WQW – so little time, so many challenges, and I’m more a photographer than writer! But with a theme like this, how could I not?! https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/sailing-away-from-the-safe-harbour-some-travel-dreams/

    I loved seeing your list of travel dreams. Alaska is on my list too and Chicago is a hoped-for plan for 2023, to meet up with Virtual Tourist friends there (another trip delayed from 2020).

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      This was such a beautiful and fun post to read! Thanks for joining in this week. Actually WQW can be a photo challenge every week. You know me, I’m more photo oriented.

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      1. Toonsarah Avatar

        I’ll look out for future ones too then!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks so much! This next one is transportation, so that’s right up your travel alley! 🙂

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  3. Story Chat Y2 Summary – “Handle with Caution” by KL Caley – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] more day to link your Dream Vacations posts to WQW (Writer’s Quote’s Wednesday. The only requirement is to include at least one […]

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  4. Square Odds #21: Different Times – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] more days to link your Dream Vacations posts to WQW (Writer’s Quote’s Wednesday. The only requirement is to include at least one […]

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  5. Darkness of the Pacific – HeavensSunshine Avatar

    […] Posted for Lens-Artists Challenge #186 – Low Light and Marsha’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesday […]

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  6. LAPC #187: Water Fun in Maui – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] where we are Always Write you still have plenty of time to weigh in with your Dream Travel Plans on WQW or your displays of public art on PPAC […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Cool. I watched a silly, but cute video called New Year’s Eve last night one of the characters was a middle-aged woman and her bucket list. She managed to do everything on her bucket list. Thanks for commenting and reading. 🙂

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      1. Cool Esse Avatar

        I have seen it, super cute, especially with Zac Efron helping her out 😍😄

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Exactly the one. He’s sure a cutie and what a nice person he played.

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  7. Kirstin Avatar

    I loved your photos and quotes Marsha. I’d love to visit your area sometime and hope you do get up to Portland! I would also love to visit Alaska and buchart gardens as well. A few of the quotes you shared I almost shared as well. I love seeing other peoples adventures.I know some people get envious and have the “must be nice” snarky mentality, but I personally live vicariously through other peoples adventures. I love it.

    Here’s my link for the week: https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2022/02/wqwwriters-quote-wednesdaystheme-travel.html

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Lovely trips planned, Kirstin!

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  8. Visiting Blogging Friends | ladysighs Avatar

    […] WQW – Where Do You Want to Travel? […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Such a wonderful post. Lots to ponder, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Thank you so much my friend

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You are welcome. If I ever get to Turkey, you are going to have to join me there!

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            Hopefully 🙏🏼

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  9. Dreaming of traveling – Keep it alive Avatar

    […] Written for WQW #7 – Topic: Where Do You Want to Travel? Hosted by Marsha […]

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  10. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    wonderful post, love Chicago and love that you’re thinking of travel again Marsha!
    💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      My neighbor is coming to Bakersfield tomorrow, and I so want to ride along with him and his daughter. Our town is about 60 miles north of there. If I wasn’t having surgery in a week, I would go and stay a couple of weeks and see if I could hitch a ride home.

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        Oh wow that would have been lovely. I hope this is the last surgery!!
        ❤️💕

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  11. Jim Borden Avatar

    how nice to feel that where you have moved to is like a vacation!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I love it!

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        I hope we are as lucky when we retire!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love this!

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  12. BeckyB Avatar

    some fabulous quotes, great travel destinations and I don’t have a fear of heights but wouldn’t be on that ledge either!!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I was super shocked to find him there. I’d been zoning out taking as many pictures as I could. Walking all the way around the building looking out every window. When I came to the photographer’s window, was I ever shocked.

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  13. Cath Moore Avatar

    you are so lucky that you have a travel buddy Marsha…..my other half thinks a holiday is a trek in the wilderness climbing as many peaks as he can….on his own! I instead want to visit all of Europe and Japan but Canada has always been at the top of my list for a long time. btw ~ I thought that WAS William Shatner!! had to do a double take 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Who knows maybe it was and he was irked that I took his picture and didn’t ask. LOL Now you’ve got me thinking! My travel buddy doesn’t really love traveling. He goes along with me sometimes to make me happy. I am lucky to have a lot of girlfriends, and I also had a chance to travel all over the country when I was working as a history consultant. It was a marvelous job. No peaks to climb, but I did go to the top of the arch in St. Louis. That was a kick!

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      1. Cath Moore Avatar

        😂!! I have travelled a lot with my daughter and we have amazing memories from those travels. She is now in a serious relationship now so I guess that’s her new travel buddy!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          For a while. Mom and I went to England after I had been married about 17 years. It was glorious.

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          1. Cath Moore Avatar

            She has promised me a trip to Japan for the Cherry blossom….I might insist on that one 😉

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            That would be gorgeous. I hope you can meet up with some blogger friends there as well. 🙂

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  14. anthropologist Avatar

    I’m in complete agreement with Susan Heller!

    My quote is from Ernest Hemingway: https://anthropologist.wordpress.com/2022/02/17/writers-quotes-wednesday-where-do-you-want-to-travel/

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  15. Writer’s Quotes Wednesday: Where Do You Want to Travel? | Kanlaon Avatar

    […] Travel has been severely curtailed over the past two years. Maybe travel is nothing but a dream. Today let’s DREAM together. There have probably been some places you have seen on blogs, travel magazines, or heard your friend’s stories. — Marsha Ingrao, Writer’s Quotes Wednesday # 7 […]

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  16. Wind Kisses Avatar

    I love everything about this. The destinations are well thought out and with both you and Vince in mind. The quote about travel turning you into a storyteller was my favorite. It is so true. As for Camino de Santiago…one of the most moving experiences I had in Europe was watching people on this route. In many of the cities they are on their knees in prayer, crawling because of the holy ground. Spirituality is hight here and I admire your silliness to do it. I have another friend who wants to do it upon retirement .

    Hello to John too. If you guys ever take a hike…let us know. We/I am going to invite myself. In fact, you kind of read my mind. It would be fun to gather some AZ bloggers for a lunch or event. Right now the Valley would be great, in another few weeks, your stomping grounds are the place to go. Dale is retiring for the second time in about a month, so we WILL be out and about. This weekend at Parker. Have you been to Oatmen? Put THAT on your list! Love ya! Donna

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hi Donna, I have been to Oatman many years ago. I would love to get together. We are going to be in Scottsdale in a couple of weeks to work on our property there. I would love to get together. Let’s chat more by email. Thanks for loving my post. I am blessed to have been able to travel so much.

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      1. Wind Kisses Avatar

        Yes. Sounds good.

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  17. the eternal traveller Avatar

    You’ve got some great destinations on your wish list. I agree with you. Buchart Gardens are simply stunning. We went at the start of summer and I would love to go again in a different season. You would love Toronto. It’s a lovely city and even better if you have a blogging friend or two to visit with.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      So what’s on your bucket list?

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Beautiful. Want to walk the Camino de Santiago with Connie and me?

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          1. the eternal traveller Avatar

            No, I’ll pass on that one. Not my idea of a holiday. 🙂 I’ll look forward to hearing all about it though.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I’ve got to get the all clear from all my drs. first and get built up for it.

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          3. the eternal traveller Avatar

            Yes, it’s a huge undertaking.

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            It is a bit overwhelming. What would you especially like to see in Spain or Portugal?

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          5. the eternal traveller Avatar

            I’d like to visit the Alhambra.

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  18. WQW #7 {Travel Bug} – Cath's Camera Avatar

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  19. Zelda Winter Avatar
    Zelda Winter

    Love your post–I’m an armchair traveler, myself…maybe I could make up a quote about that, hah! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Have you read the Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler? Your statement reminded me of that book. Most of us are armchair travelers right now. We moved to Adult DisneyLand when we moved to Prescott, AZ, so almost everywhere near here is like a vacation destination. It makes vacationing easy.

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      1. Zelda Winter Avatar
        Zelda Winter

        I haven’t read the book 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It’s fun and funny. I love her books.

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          1. Zelda Winter Avatar
            Zelda Winter

            🙂

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  20. Suzanne@PictureRetirement Avatar

    Marsha, thank you for mentioning my post even though I was late to the party. 🙂 I like your travel list and have been to many of those destinations. We have plans booked for Italy in September. Fingers crossed that it will happen.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s when my friend Connie wants to walk the Camino de Santiago. Vince isn’t ready to go anywhere outside the country until things settle down a bit more. I hope you get to go! I love Italy!

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      1. Suzanne@PictureRetirement Avatar

        Marsha, Malcolm feels the same way, and not just because of Covid. But, this is an important trip for us, so we are full steam ahead.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I’m so excited for you Suzanne. I’ll love traveling with you vicariously!

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  21. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Hi, Marsha – I love your list of Dream Vacations. I’m excited to see Buchart Gardens there. When you go, please let me know. I’d love to meet up!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I would love that! What a place to take pictures. I’ve been there several times, and it took my breath away, but I don’t think I have any pictures of it!!!!! It would be so much fun to meet you. I’m definitely hoping to get to Portland in August or September to meet up with several bloggers. It’s a bit of a stretch to get to Vancouver from there. My first husband and I did it all the time, but his family lived in Seattle and we lived in Portland, so it wasn’t quite the stretch as it is now.

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      1. Retirement Reflections Avatar

        We’re on Central Vancouver Island but if you do come to Vancouver (or Victoria) I will definitely meet you there! ❤

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Sounds wonderful. Now I just have to figure a way to get there and with whom. I think this summer Vince will not travel with me to OR, so it will kind of be a girl’s vacay. If I could squeeze the two together, I will.

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  22. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Chicago, definitely has many cool buildings to choose from 😀 😀 Great post. 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee! I was in awe the whole time I was there. I wished we had more time to spend there. I’m just so glad I found all my photos even if some of them are corrupted.

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  23. Time to travel – New2Writing Avatar

    […] WQW – Travel […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Excellent poem, KL.

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  24. KL Caley Avatar

    Great post, Marsha. Thank you so much for the mention. I love the bucket list, very well thought out. Although it’s wonderful that you are enjoying where you are living and travelling locally. I’ll get my post online soon. KL ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I enjoyed your poem so much KL.

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      1. KL Caley Avatar

        Thank you Marsha, you are very kind. Thank you for providing such an inspiring prompt. KL ❤

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Glad you loved it, KL.

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  25. Pepper Avatar
    Pepper

    Enjoyed your post, Marsha. Glad to know that you are enjoying retirement in Arizona. 😊

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Irene!

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  26. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    Once again, your post inspires me to not only seek out new places to go but also to add a component to this weekend’s Sunday Stills post (travel with pets). Some of your dream destinations are mine as well–Scotland-Ireland, Germany, Italy, etc, and many local places, even back to California to see the kids and friends! Great shots of your places and inspiring quotes, too!

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  27. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, I’m happy you have Toronto on your list of Dream vacations. If you do come and our schedules work out, bring comfortable footwear to walk with me 🙂 Now I’m hopping over to Mama Cormier’s blog. Thanks for letting me know she’s also in Toronto. See you at PPAC on Friday!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You will love her! I’m so glad I had a tiny hand in introducing you! 🙂 See you Friday.

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  28. Mama Cormier Avatar

    Thanks for the mention Marsha. If you do come to Toronto you have a place to stay. Kevin and I are hoping to go to France in April. Our daughter-in-law is doing a residency there for two weeks.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s wonderful! I loved France, but the natives were NOT impressed with my French.

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  29. Sadje Avatar

    Thanks for the mention Marsha. Great topic this week again.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are welcome, Sadje. I love this topic, too. It was one of the most popular from last year, so I’ve expanded it for this year. I can’t wait to ready your bucket list.

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Thanks! I’ll get to it soon.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          No rush. It’s only Thursday, my friend.

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            Thanks 🙏🏼

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