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For Whom the Bell Tolls

“When I was your age, I walked to school everyday.  And it was two miles away!” – pretty much any grandparent, spoken to pretty much anyone younger We all have heard our elders tell the tale of how much harder … Continue reading

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Disaster Prep and Facing Suburban Wildlife

During our staff meeting, nurse practitioner Karen reviewed a twelve week plan to prepare our homes for weather emergencies and natural disasters. The two-paged brochure advised stockpiling canned goods and communicating a clear plan to family about what to do … Continue reading

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Put Your Potatoes In

“Put your potatoes in,” 8 year old Susie yelled enthusiastically, and held out a single fist, knuckles to the side. We formed a quick circle around her, in just a few seconds, and each of us pushed two balled up, … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Artist

On that day, a few years ago, the Sunday School kids each were each looking down at a piece of watercolor paper. They each had a supply of pastels and crayons and watercolor paints at their ready and a plastic … Continue reading

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Reaching for the Stars

The boy, about 10, was clearly excited.  He was walking in front of us, alongside his father, as we entered the exhibit on space travel at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. My husband and I, and our son Jake, … Continue reading

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Out With the Old?

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”   – Martin Luther King Jr. “The church, on my corner, was built in 1922. Due to recent changes in leadership at my ninety six year old church, things are being … Continue reading

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Is It Bread, or Is It Pudding?

The leftover rolls from Christmas dinner would not fit in my freezer, no matter how much rearranging I did . There were only two choices. The trash…..or bread pudding. Joe loved my mother’s bread pudding and repeated the same query … Continue reading

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Pearls

She was waiting patiently in line, wearing a pink tea-length skirt, a yellow silk blouse, and a white flapper hat with a pink bow. Her long string of pearls came almost to her waist and was tied in a fashionable … Continue reading

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Words….frickin’ words

I said frickin. But I didn’t use that other f-word or the d-word or any other less than desirable word. I was doing my best to remain calm and to be respectful, but suddenly, the word blurted out. Language is a … Continue reading

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Changing Perspective and the Purple Flowered Snow Boots

I was up at 4:45 am, preparing for a conference call about the storm.  And by preparing, I mean that I was watching the news and cussing at the weather woman, who was taking professional vagueness to a whole new … Continue reading

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