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July 02, 2010


Where's the sun? I want the sun. I'm tired of this "June/July" gloom. There is nothing like California sun.

Stephanie, I love this post. It brings back summer memories of sunbathing at the Jersey shore with my sisters with tin-foil covered shirt cardboard under our chins to get stronger rays beamed on our faces. My sister's friend used to say, "burn me, you mother sun!" Although I have dark hair and eyes, I have fair skin and burn easily and had many blistering burns that would give way to tan. I was going for that slightly nauseated feeling, when even a summer blanket was painful. I tell myself that we still had an ozone layer in those days so maybe I won't get melanoma. Thanks for this. Stacey

Thank you so much, Stacey. (I always wanted one of those tin foil things but didn't know where to get one; I guess I could have made one!)

"We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun..."

Loved this post, Stephanie -- it brought back many memories of my own So. CA sunscreen-free "beach bakes" back in the day...

I just heard another story yesterday of someone's cousin where the melanoma ate through the forehead into the brain! A new horror film motif, I think. We just redid our sundeck at our house but I am adding a large umbrella.

Your blog is specific,I've learnt a lot from you. Many thanks,welcome to our website

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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