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Arlene Nisson Lassin
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Arlene Nisson Lassin earned a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and worked in diverse positions through the

An offer from a small newspaper to write features launched a writing career that resulted in her being contracted by the 7th largest daily newspaper in the U.S., the Houston Chronicle, to write people and religion features and other items of interest to the community.

She is also currently affiliated with several Houston-based magazines.

Her Blog, titled “Hot Flashes,” is her way of saying “Hot Topics” with a wink and a nod to the middle years of life and includes humorous and serious musings and think pieces. Arlene is married and has five grown children.

Entries by Arlene Nisson Lassin

Resolve Not To Make Resolutions For 2016 Like Me

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2016 | 6:59 AM

This year, instead of making my usual list (mental or written) of New Year's Resolutions, I am writing my New Year's Non-Resolutions. I am sharing them here as a public service, because I believe we all need to be freed from the shackles of these silly resolutions.

For starters, making...

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Seriously Roughing It This Thanksgiving, But Still Thankful

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 1:12 PM

This year's Thanksgiving holiday will be a bit unusual for me and my family, to say the least. We will be celebrating the holiday, with all the usual food and revelry, except this year it will take place in our flooded and torn-up home. (Blog links here and...

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My Embarrassing Hairstyle Evolution Through The Years

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 9:01 AM

Many women find a good hair look or hairstyle and stay with it for years on end. Others, like me, have an uncontrollable desire to create new looks.

If there was a hairstyle, a fad, a trend, you name it, from the sixties on, my poor unfortunate hair was...

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What I Appreciate Most About My Oldest Friends

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 7:29 AM

You know the saying, "Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other's gold?" Well, I am a gold collector, but not of the 14 or 18 karat variety.

After I moved 1,600 miles from the place I grew up, I lost touch with just about...

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Downsizing My Home and Discovering That I Am a Hoarder

(14) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:35 PM

Since when does any human need 58 glass vases? (Likely from 30 years worth of roses and other arrangements delivered, but) why did I find myself keeping that number of vases anyway?

The answer to the second question is in the ridiculous amount of cabinet, storage and closet space...

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Hauling the Kids to College: Queen Bees and Worker Bees

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 5:53 PM

It's that time of year again, when parents all over the country are hauling their kids to the college of their choice for move-in. When it is the first time and first year due to most kids going to dormitories, some of this behavior might not be accurate, but for...

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Post-Flood And Homeless -- An Adventure Through Hell

(8) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 8:13 AM

For anyone who knows me, and I mean really, truly knows me, I have beaten major adversity before, time and time again, with a positive attitude. This flood thing is really kicking me to the curb, though. My husband practically demands me to be positive, and I really try. It's...

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Manic Packing and a Day of Profound Post-Flood Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 5:18 PM

My neighborhood recently experienced a horrific flood, affecting thousands of homes, including my own, as I spoke about in this blog.

This is what happens when flood water comes into your home: it's a mad dash to save, salvage and rescue anything of sentimental value, and then a...

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Surviving the Houston Floods: Safe Yet Feeling Unsafe

(13) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 1:39 PM

This time there was no warning. There was no hurricane, no tropical storm warning -- just a flash flood warning, which is common in Houston and usually doesn't mean homes will flood.

In my hometown of Houston, and specifically in my area of town, millions of dollars had been...

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Why I Wouldn't Go Back To The Days Of My Children's Youth

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 7:32 AM

Another Mother's Day has gone by and I hope every deserving mom had a very happy and joyous Mother's Day.

I often post photos of my kids on social media sites of times when they were much younger, for things like Way Back Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and even Flashback...

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This 11 Year Old Child Will Never Again Say, "I Can't Read."

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 9:20 AM

It is Teacher Appreciation Week from May 4 through May 8. I was a reading specialist a long time ago, but wrote about this miraculous experience shortly after it happened. I share this to demonstrate what teachers all across the country are doing on a daily basis for our children....

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Trauernde Mutterkatze, die all ihre drei Babys verloren hat, lebt jetzt mit drei ausgesetzten Kätzchen zusammen

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 6:49 PM

Dies ist die wahre Geschichte einer tief traurigen und depressiven Mamakatze, die nun, dank einiger sehr liebevoller Katzenfreunde, wieder glückliche Mutter ist, samt niedlicher Fotos dieses wundersamen Zusammenkommens.


Mikey, eine acht Monate alte Katze, war untröstlich. Sie hatte drei Baby Kätzchen, alle Frühgeburten....

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Grieving Mama Cat Who Lost All Three Babies Matched With Three Abandoned Kittens

(425) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 5:11 PM

This is a true story of a very depressed and grieving mama cat, brought back to a happy maternal state thanks to some very loving people involved in the rescue and foster care of cats, complete with gorgeous photos of this miraculous match. (Here and at the end.)

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I Admit It -- I Drank the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Kool Aid

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:08 PM

My name is Arlene and I am a shopping addict.

I have readily admitted in the past that I am a shopaholic. I have promised myself so many times now that I would change my ways, but it never quite happens. We all have our vices, and that is mine.

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Gene Simmons' Mom, the Holocaust, and Me

(8) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 12:29 PM

This blog is about a woman I met on an airplane in 1994 (and written shortly after that) because it was just Yom HaShoah -- a remembrance day of those who perished in the Holocaust.

In my writing career I have often written Holocaust survivor stories for newspapers and magazines,...

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Feeling Slightly Viral (Sick) From My Blog's Going Viral

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 10:50 AM

As a writer and a blogger, as I elaborated in this blog, I write to be read and seen. That's why we bloggers do what we do.

In terms of audience and readership then, a blogger hits the jackpot when something we have written goes viral on the...

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A Living Stranger Gives a Piece of Himself, His Kidney, to Save a Mother's Life

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 5:37 PM

We've all heard about the amazing story of a school teacher donating her kidney to her student. There is no question what a truly loving and unselfish gesture that was.

More incredible than donating to someone known or related is that many people are donating organs to absolute strangers...

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Beauty Philosophy Changed thanks to Grocery Store Encounter

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:47 AM

Recently, I found myself rushing into the neighborhood grocery store. It's a bit pricey, but their good selection of prepared foods drew me in. After a long day, I was feeling rushed, harried and put out because I didn't feel like cooking and I was selecting dinner for my dad,...

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Warning To All Parents: The Lost Dog Lure in Abductions and My Close Shave

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 12:52 PM

Recently, I watched the news and there was a hauntingly familiar story being aired. A young boy was lured towards a white van by a guy who needed help looking for his lost dog.
Fortunately, the boy ran off and reported it to the police, and the news aired...

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Winter Time: Thermostat Wars Raging Between Husbands and Wives

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 2:38 PM

It's winter time. And that means one thing in my household: Thermostat Wars.

Yes, the thermostat power struggle between husband and wife is being waged in many households. This winter the heat setting debate is currently raging, and of course the air conditioning setting dispute will be here before you...

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