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The Trouble with Politics

I may now officially be an “old fart.”  Not because of my age, although I’m knocking on the door of being eligible for Medicare and eight years older than my “old lady” who is in her mid-fifties (sorry, honey, I couldn’t resist).  I feel great.  I exercise regularly.  I don’t have an excessive amount of […]

Because He Said So

Although the calendar still declares another week of winter, our weather has long since transitioned into something more resembling late spring.  I removed the decorative sled from the front porch weeks ago. As winter fades, I take out and revisit one of my favorite, least faded, memories of my father.  In my parents’ home, “Because […]

Rejuvination in my February Garden

Favorite Garden Quotes: A garden is never so good as it will be next year.  ~Thomas Cooper I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation. ~Phyllis Theroux Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts. ~Author Unknown There is a true Midwestern […]

Young again! Reprieve and Revelation

I’ve experienced a recent reprieve and from there came a revelation about my thinking. I’m generally OK with my current physical state of being. I feel good, no aches and pains or health issues and I have plenty of energy, mental and physical, to keep up most days! One thing has really been wearing me […]

Richness of Life

I’ve always been one of those people that looks up. I just naturally look at the sky. I marvel at the clouds and the palate of colors swirling above me. This is not always a good thing, especially when I’m driving. But recently, I noticed something majestic, hidden in plain sight. At one particularly busy […]

A Litter Bit

Today I offer an anecdotal theory : There is a direct relationship between an improved economy and an increase in litter.  The one constant in this unscientific experiment has been our property’s substantial road frontage. With 15 years of data to support this conclusion, here are some observations: certain brand smokers scrunch and toss their packages far more […]

Gaining a New VAN-tage point

At long last, the grieving period for my 15-year-old, 235,000-mile-strong red van is over. This August she died while attempting to haul our youngest son and the contents of his college house back to campus. That van’s final act of kindness may have been that I was not the driver on her last voyage. To […]

Friendship in Silver

At  first glance the silver bowl across the room attracts me and I want to touch it.  As I approach the bowl I see that it contains a collection of beautiful fall leaves, not at first visible to me.  Startled, I avoid the bowl for a while and slowly thoughts flutter down around me.  These […]

Thank You Always Welcome

  My husband has a post-career but preretirement job working as a monitor in the study halls, parking lot, cafeterias and hallways of a large high school with 3400 students. Everyday he packs his lunch and his smile. He loves this job, and it shows. In our 27 years of marriage, I’ve never seen him […]

In My Own Backyard

During a recent session of online wandering I stumbled across a beautiful bit of history and so took a little break to revisit Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell. At my father’s urging, years ago I read the paperback version of this famous lecture, and revisiting it was just like the first time – […]

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