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Grandma and My Poor Kitten…

By Julia Bendis

August 9, 2011 | 6:23 pm

The other day my kids asked me if I had a pet when I was a child, which made me tell them a little story about the kitten we had for a week.  This story went something like this:

When I... read on

  • Tooth Fairy money and other useless artifacts of choice…

    By Julia Bendis

    August 2, 2011 | 2:37 pm

    Apparently, The Tooth Fairy is going through tough economic times too.  10% of children did not receive any money this year, and 7% received less than a dollar.  Are you kidding me?  First of all, I don’t understand the whole “Tooth Fairy” thing as it is.  In what messed up... read on

  • Its Just Like Riding a Bike! In My Case a Big-Wheeler…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 29, 2011 | 9:48 pm

    The teenager in me is at it again!  Every time I pass a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, I have to stop, look at it, examine it and maybe even take a picture for my “wish list” of things I want on my future bike.  Sometimes I’ll even talk to the owner of the bike to get more details on... read on

  • So much for trying to be a Good Samaritan…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 26, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Driving today, I came to a car that broke down. I got out of my car and went to ask if they needed help. As I approached the two men standing around, they both stared at me as if to say: “What do you want?”

    I asked if they were alright, and needed any help. At first they... read on

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  • A Letter to My Neighbors…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 21, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    From the Messy Closet of Julia Beynart-Bendis


    My Dearest Neighbor:

    How are you?  Hope this note finds you well.  Remember the party your threw last weekend at your house?  I wanted to thank you for it, unfortunately somehow I did not receive the invitation.  Therefore I wanted to... read on

  • We have sunk so low as human beings. Wish I could start my own society!

    By Julia Bendis

    July 20, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    As I walked my dog around the neighborhood last night, in deep suburbia of Orange County, I was completely caught off guard when a man said “Hello!”  I am not sure how it is in other suburban areas of this country, but around mine its a pretty uncommon thing to hear.  It was such... read on

  • Oh Carnival Cruise Line, how I wish you’d step up to the rest of them…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 18, 2011 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe some of you noticed that I haven’t written in the last week.  Alright, none of you noticed but that’s not the point.  My husband and I took the boys on a long awaited vacation on board the “brand new” Carnival cruise ship called ‘Splendor’, or as I am calling it ‘Ineptness’.

    ... read on
  • Supermarket Memories…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 9, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    Every time I’m at the Supermarket, I start to remember my very first trip to one just like it.  When you come to America from the former Soviet Union and enter ANY grocery store, you are bound to go into shock.  As I’ve written before, the shelves of U.S.S.R.’s grocery stores... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I was born in Ukraine, in the former USSR, and grew up in Riga, Latvia which is on the Baltic Sea.  My family and I immigrated to the United States in 1989, right before the...

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