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It’s Friday – time for Hot Coffee on the Boulevard. Have a great weekend!

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Anne just returned from the bi-annual Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in Dayton, Ohio. She bought a ton of books, and especially recommends The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. The authors, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry ran Pitchapalooza, won by our friend Julie Danis. Congrats to Julie on a successful book pitch!


Here’s a way to have an out-of-body experience without any of that nasty LSD.

These images of France from World War 1 overlaid with photos of the present day will blow you away.

Muriel Cooper was a brilliant graphic artist at MIT who was innovative and way ahead of her time.


Jen Lee Reeves who blogs at Born Just Right on the heroic and beautiful Amy Purdy, who is on Dancing with the Stars this season.


Here are some springtime cocktails with a twist on your old favorites.

Shoes! Earth sent Anne a pair of suede flats from their spring collection. The “Butterfly” in red plum fit like a glove and has great arch support. Sadly, the shoes have been claimed by a teen daughter who likes them just as much as Anne does.


A cool/terrifying way to track your digital productivity–RescueTime is a free program that sends you an email once a week showing how you’ve spent your Internet time.


The life cycle of a pop tune. From conception to karaoke.

If you’ve seen the video of the 79-year-old salsa dancer, Paddy, from Britain’s Got Talent, you’ll enjoy this clip of her and her dance partner Nico from when they won a Spanish talent competition five years ago. Paddy is amazing–for any age.

Paddy y Nico-Tu si que vales from copito on Vimeo.


If you haven’t watched the first season of Orange is the New Black, get on that right away. If you have, the trailer for the new season, coming in June on Netflix, is here!

Sharon Greenthal

Sharon's blog, Empty House Full Mind, focuses on observations of the world from the midlife empty nest. Sharon is the Young Adults Expert on Sharon writes for the Huffington Post and Purple Clover. Sharon is the mother of two grown children - a daughter, 26 and a son, 24. She lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their perfect dog, Lambeau. Instagram: sharongreenthal

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Friday 18th of April 2014

I am still shaking me head at Nico and Paddy.

Anne Parris

Saturday 19th of April 2014

I wish I could move it like Paddy now, let alone in my late 70s! They are an old couple, to be sure!

Doreen McGettigan

Friday 18th of April 2014

I am really enjoying Hot Coffee every Friday! Always good reading.

Anne Parris

Saturday 19th of April 2014

Thanks, Doreen! We have fun pulling it together.


Friday 18th of April 2014

Always appreciate you're recommendations and insights, Sharon! Thank you!

Sharon Greenthal

Friday 18th of April 2014

Glad you enjoy it, Diane!


Friday 18th of April 2014

Oops! Used the wrong your (you're)! Sorry! :(

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