Author of POUND RIDGE PAST, Stroke Survivor memoirist, HuffPost contributor, and “Bonni Brodnick Blog” -ger (

Goblets are not the same as giblets

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It’s almost turkey time. Conversations abound with how many guests are you having for dinner and what sides are you serving?

Are you brining/marinating/smoking/deep-frying/steaming/grilling/rotisserie-spinning your turkey?

And how does one artfully dodge the question, “When will the turkey be ready?” when family and guests start getting cranky.

. . . Ahh, yes. The memories.

When I was…

Scissor Kicks and Lunges for a Stroke-ster

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I feel weightless as I scuttle to the edge of the pool. With my speech at a new, slow cadence that I have trouble getting used to, I explain to the water aerobics teacher that I had a stroke.

So, if I was a little slow with the lunges, twists, and v-kicks, that was why. The teacher assured me that the class was perfect for rehabilitation and total body strengthening.

On water aerobic days, I was proud to be driving myself to the gym. I worked hard to have…

Instagram post: #celebrating the #moment at #theplazahotel with my #bridetobe. #daughterlove #motherhood #cherishtheday #grateful and #blessed

“Do you think John would like this one?”

My daughter and I met in New York City to go to our favorite jeweler on West 47th Street. She was looking at a tray of gold and platinum wedding bands, one of which would be selected to give to her fiancé. …

Embracing the Clarity of a Well-Structured Sentence

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Without punctuation, life would be berserk. Days would run into nights into months into years into centuries into millennia. It would be like going up an endless staircase or having streets and avenues with no signs or traffic lights.

There would be no more need for periods, question marks, quotations, apostrophes, brackets, semi-colons, colons, commas, dashes, periods, hyphens, brackets and braces, parentheses, ellipsis or even exclamation points! The world would be a big blur.

For example, when I think of commas (which I do a…

An important safety announcement to anybody sending their kid/s to school

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Students across the country are back on campus.

If your child lives in a dorm, sorority, or fraternity house, the institution has fire codes and drills. But let us now turn the page to discuss: off-campus housing.

During sophomore year, our daughter elected to move outside of town from the…

When your circadian rhythm mismatches the rest of the world

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At a recent luncheon, an interior designer sitting next to me mentioned that she likes working late at night.

“Clients think I’m crazy if I send a proposal or contract at one o’clock in the morning,” she said.

I had met my kindred spirit.

I, too, have been admonished by friends and colleagues for staying up too late. The usual retort is: “Were you really up at 2:15 in the morning working?”

Many years ago…

Bonni Brodnick

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