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About winesoakedramblings - The Blog of Vickie van Dyke

Writing is therapy. Wine is therapy. Writing while drinking wine is the best therapy. Reading while drinking can also be fun. Listening while drinking is also fun so check out my podcast! And then there's that book (memoir) that I wrote: Confessions of a Potty-Mouthed Chef: How to Cheat, Eat and be Happy! My life has provided me with a wealth of inspiration. Maybe something here will inspire you too? ~Vickie

Is There Anything Better Than Feeling Grateful?

I recently enjoyed a brief text exchange with an old friend, wherein I proclaimed how grateful I was for her significance in my life. She replied, “There is precious little that’s better than feeling grateful.” It’s true, right. A grateful … Continue reading

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The Song That Taught Me All About Empathy …

I am a word girl. I love words and their power. Their beauty. Their significance. Their singular ability to express emotions, feelings, fears and delights. To me, words are like individual sparkling jewels, which, when strung together can create the … Continue reading

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Hey Vickie, Why Don’t You Just Blog Off?

We’re all really tired. Like, bone-fatigue tired. Mental-exhaustion tired. We are tired of isolation, tired of loneliness, tired of staying home and tired of being tired. I understand that, for so many people, just finding enough juice to get through … Continue reading

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I’m Just One Lottery Win Away From …

How many times have you said that? To someone else or even just to yourself? My friend B: “I’m just one lottery win away from buying my dream home on Turks & Caicos … My friend K: “I’m just one … Continue reading

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Is It Possible To Go Through An Entire Life Without Giving Or Receiving A Broken Heart?

This morning I put that question out to my Facebook family. I was honestly curious. You see, I had recently learned, in a conversation with my old pal B, that he had endured neither. In his almost 60 years he … Continue reading

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Do You Have One Soulmate or A Dozen?

I don’t mean a dozen as in 12 different people on this planet who might potentially be your soulmate. I mean a dozen as in – it may well take 12 different people – with very different attributes – to … Continue reading

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Well Maybe You DO Need a Romance Checklist? Men – (and women) please do weigh in …

A few days ago I was chatting with a friend about Jordan Peterson, the Canadian celebrity psychologist/author. We were chatting specifically about Dr. Peterson’s take on romance: “Work diligently to maintain the romance in your relationships. People love attention and … Continue reading

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Truth, Transparency and Cellphones

A very wise man said to me recently – “There are two secrets to a successful relationship. You have to work very hard and you have to lie very well.” Well. Now you know. And if you’ve read my book … Continue reading

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A Love Letter for Marlene

(aka The Way to a Woman’s Heart) Now, why are you writing a love letter for Marlene, you might ask? Who is this Marlene, you might ponder? Why is she so deserving of her own personal sonnet, you might query? … Continue reading

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The Secret to Staying Young Is …

I have a rather large birthday coming up later this month (yes, I am finally turning 40) and it’s got me to thinking. Even with the years piling up faster than snow in northern Ontario, how does a person who … Continue reading

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