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Guilty pleasures?   Aside from dark chocolate and hanky-panky in the afternoon:

Long baths with good books

Long lunches with good friends

The anticipatory buzz in the theatre before the curtain goes up

Playing tennis on a hot day in a very light drizzle

Playing Scrabble any day

Yard sales

Waiting in an airport lounge with the crossword before a flight to a fabulous destination

Live jazz in cabaret

Fall foliage in New England

When my dinner guests seem to really like the food,  and whenever my husband says  “Let’s eat out.”

Rearranging the furniture

Cookies and milk

My son’s blue eyes

RetroFlash / 100 Words

– Dana Susan Lehrman 


Profile photo of Dana Susan Lehrman Dana Susan Lehrman
This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Wonderful pleasures, Dana. Are you guilty about all of them?

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    I love this, Dana. Your guilty pleasures capture so much of who you are. I can’t wait until we are somewhat back to normal and you can once again enjoy some of these. Great Retroflash.

  3. John Shutkin says:

    Just a terrifically clever RetroFlash, Dana. And good for you for having — and describing — so many guilty pleasures. (I would feel guilty admitting to so many, though I certainly have them as well, including a number just like yours.) And your last one is just so sweet, including the photo. But how can we feel guilty about anything involving the wonderfulness of our children?

  4. Suzy says:

    Dana, since you were the one who suggested this prompt, I thought you were going to have a major story about a guilty pleasure! All of the things you list are certainly pleasures, and I share most of them, but I can’t imagine any guilt associated with any of them except maybe (only maybe) hanky-panky in the afternoon.

    P.S. Happy birthday! Any guilty pleasures planned to celebrate?

    • Ah Suzy, sorry to disappoint with no juicier stories! I guess I think of these as guilty pleasures because they’re so enjoyable I’d rather do them at the expense of other stuff I SHOULD be doing!

      And yes, today is my birthday and had a lovely celebratory lunch, but we are a bit snowed in! Here in the northeast it’s still winter!

  5. Dave Ventre says:

    Nice list, especially live music!

  6. Khati Hendry says:

    This was a wonderful list of joys in life. The title cookies and milk reminded me of the joy yesterday in downing exactly that, LOL.

  7. Marian says:

    Happy birthday, Dana. Love your list, and it reminded me how I miss that audience buzz at live theater. One of these days!

  8. This didn’t read like a list; it read like a poem! Rhthmic, pulsing, lyrical.
    Wonderful! And speaking of pulsing, I think you are the only one of us who dared be candid about “hanky panky” as a guilty pleasure, whether in the pm–or for that matter, at any time! Congratulations.

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