Barbara Burke

What Is Your “Helping Others” Passion?

February 6, 2024 | 17 Comments

February is a month many people associate with love and passion, so I decided to talk about how we show love to others – with words and actions. A few weeks ago, I was honored to be selected as a local TV station’s “everyday hero” on behalf of the Adult Literacy League (see the 1-minute…

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“Age”

January 2, 2024 | 6 Comments

No, this isn’t a discussion of how old we are, although a new year might prompt that feeling. Instead, it’s a discussion of “age” as a suffix. Here is how I started thinking about these letters. While walking through several neighborhoods from October through December, it occurred to me that people sure do have a…

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Greetings!

December 5, 2023 | 11 Comments

‘Tis the season for greetings. A very happy holiday season to all of you! But . . . talk to me about this greeting that has me VERY confused ๐Ÿค”. When I am on my morning walk, a person who is passing me, usually coming towards me, might, in order of energy: (1) nod, (2)…

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“Wine Speak” for the Holidays

November 7, 2023 | 3 Comments

Hello, holiday season. A friend of mine who works for a California winery provided this month’s blog post. Thank you, Rob! “Harvest is in full swing in California Wine Country.ย  Most folks donโ€™t realize, Harvest begins in August of each Year!ย  This is when Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are harvested at lower Brix (sugar level)…

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“Trick” or “Treat”?

October 3, 2023 | 2 Comments

Attention homeowners who think that they need some cash! There are a couple of real estate “programs” that have arisen recently that I want to mention. I’m not sure that I can call them fraud, but . . . tricks? Perhaps. If the consumers/homeowners are unaware of the impact of their decisions, then misleading, at…

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It’s HOT!

September 5, 2023 | 9 Comments

Interesting that the word “hot” has many positive meanings: “trendy,” as in the latest, greatest fashion or places to go; positive personal looks, as in “you look hot;” and being passionate, enthusiastic, or eager, as in being hot to do something. It also has a negative connotation to mean that someone is upset or angry…

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Aminal Expressions – Part III

July 4, 2023 | 4 Comments

More animal expressions?? YES! You all keep sending more animal expressions (thank you to Teresa and Billy B), plus I keep seeing more, so . . . Part III ๐Ÿ˜Š I understand the “when pigs fly” (not going to happen, yes?) or when something “bugs” me (annoying, like those Florida mosquitoes), but here are some…

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Animal Expressions – Part II – Opening a Can of Worms!

June 13, 2023 | 3 Comments

Apparently, there are a LOT of expressions using animals, considering all of the comments to my May post! Here are more, plus answers to some of the previous ‘what does that mean’ animal expressions – monkey wrench, the “kitty,” and “don’t let the cat out of the bag.” Read on for (Internet) explanations! Monkey wrench…

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Animal Expressions

May 2, 2023 | 22 Comments
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Thanks to my friend, Cindi, for reminding me of the expression, “monkeying around,” after reading the April post about Easter rabbits. So, I decided that this month would be perfect for looking at more animal expressions. I have collected a few over the years, many of which I have no idea why they exist. ๐Ÿ˜•…

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Easter Bunny

April 4, 2023 | 7 Comments
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Did you know that 2023 is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit? If you were born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 or 2011, you were born during the Year of the Rabbit.  If you want to know more about your “rabbit” personality, one website describes a legend when the Jade Emperor challenged all of the…

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