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What I Learned in 2015

Not to sound like an episode of “Seinfeld” but I really wonder why they call it “First Night”.  Since we are celebrating the new year after midnight, shouldn’t it be called “First Morning”?  To me “First Night” would be the evening of January 1, meaning after dusk.  Just sayin’…


With that aside, in the past on the final day of the year I have often done a run-down of current events from the past year, including noteworthy passings, births, what-have-you.  I’m not doing any of that this year.

Instead I’ve decided to reflect on what I’ve learned in 2015.  Not that I’ve never learned anything during any other year.  I’m always learning something new.  But 2015 just seems like a year where I learned more than I have in the past.  Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older.  I don’t know.

I learned that with one fell swoop fond childhood Saturday morning memories can be tarnished forever.

I learned that the phrase “if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig” can refer to music as well as politics.


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Just because someone is a legal adult doesn’t mean they’re going to act that way.

Most people don’t know how to mind their own business.  Especially when it comes to social media.

I learned that although someone may not like what you say or do, they’re going to read, listen, follow, or watch you any way they can.  Even hire “techies” to scan your every computer move.  See not knowing how to mind their own business above.

I learned that people don’t always tell the “entire truth” so they will look better in the eyes of their followers.  Then they try to cover their tracks when they realize you’re on to them.

I’ve learned that people don’t like it if you’re wise.  They want you to be as “dumbed down” as most others are that associate with them.

I’ve learned that it’s better to just let go than to keep wading in the bullshit.

Most people will never tell you what they really think.  They will, however, kiss your ass to no end.

Everyone has an opinion about something.  Not everyone is going to agree with everything.  If we all agreed, that would be boring.  Then there are the people who go through life kissing ass and will agree with anything.  See above.


Chances are if someone comments on a Facebook post, there will be spelling errors in it.  To me that just pushes credibility out the window.

There is more dirty laundry on Facebook and Twitter than in my washer.


Trump uses Aqua Net.


No matter what happens to them, some people will never stop talking about themselves.  Only in death will they stop being egotistical.  And even then I wonder.

Steve Harvey is human


Gronk is a beast

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Brady is the best QB we will ever see


The last two statements I already knew.  I just wanted to throw them in here.  GO PATS!



I learned you can get an AARP card when you turn 50.  But I’m not 50.  I also learned that you can get a senior discount if you are 43.  But I’m not 43 either.

Charlie Brown will never change.  Thank God.  And everything Pixar touches turns to gold.


You can grow potatoes on Mars.  Who knew?  Only Matt Damon.


The Pope is hip.

I learned that I can make my deadlines, even when I think I can’t.

The older he gets, the better Springsteen is.

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Canoe is a very expensive restaurant.

I know I’m in better health now than I was at the start of the year.

Terrorists are nuts and guns kill people.

Speaking of people, SURPRISE!  We are ALL people, no matter what color our skin is.  Imagine that!

Lastly, everyone should read Mitch Albom’s new book “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto”.  Especially musicians.

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With that, my fellow bloggers, readers, snoopers, watchers—whatever—I wish you a safe and happy New Year.  May 2016 be full of more learning experiences for us all!






I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!

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