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It’s As Easy As

Finding balance comes in many forms. It can be physical, as well as emotional. Balance is what keeps us in check and enables us to face each day with strength and joy. Balance came to me in the form of a bicycle. I was eight years old and my father was stationed in Viet Nam […]

Not So Square

Gathered in the old VFW hall were people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and ages (well, mostly our age or older, dear readers!)  The wooden floor of the hall, reminiscent of a 1950s school cafeteria, was about to be transformed into a platform of rhythm, movements, and  joy.  The joy manifests as you rediscover […]

Fall with the Moon, Rise with the Sun

Living by the rise of the sun and  sleeping by the glow of the moon. That is a peace like no other. The place- Pineda de Mar, Spain     The time- July, 1979 As I glanced out the window at the rocky barren mountains yielding themselves to the lapping waves of the sea, my […]

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 […]

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 […]

Part of So Much More

On a cool winter morning last week, as I was getting dressed for work, my grandmother’s locket presented itself from the dresser drawer where I keep it nestled in a small cardboard box. It’s a round silver locket, about the size of a quarter. My grandmother, Amy Dean Davis, had her initials elegantly engraved on […]

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 […]

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