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Expectation Versus Reality

We had a veterinarian neighbor many years ago who together with his girlfriend, loved to do holiday things for our kids — like decorating a tree in the front yard with hanging plastic candy-filled...

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Garlic

The other day on Facebook I saw a posting explaining the difference between garlic grown in this country or imported from China.  The Chinese may harvest perfectly good garlic yet I prefer to buy...

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Seeing Red

For a long time I’ve wanted one of those cozy-looking red and black checked flannel shirts. I’ve studied them in different stores and catalogs and haven’t made the plunge, though my lumberjack persona continues...

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Hostas of Gratitude

A deer had twin babies in a cave-like protected area under the lilac bushes in our yard last June.  I watched the fawns nurse and frolic for several weeks and when their mother thought...

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Grace

I’m currently reading a David Richo book called “The Power of Grace”.  I grew up Catholic and the word “grace” was bandied around a lot — though never really satisfactorily explained. That was back...

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Searching for a Muse

I have always wanted a muse.  I asked a couple of people that I thought might be likely candidates for the position and every one of them turned me down.  I was surprised —...

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Finding Direction

When I was riding my bike on a back country road the other day, I pulled over to take a swig from my water bottle and two confused-looking elderly women stopped next to me...

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Finding Truth

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the healing aspect of nature.  I like it when I see on Facebook that one of my friends is taking a walk on the beach, camping in...

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Walking and Singing

When we lived on an island off the coast of North Carolina a bunch of years ago, our house sat on a dead end road surrounded by dunes and sand paths leading to the village...

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Success at School

I’m enrolled in another round of Spanish-for-retired-people through the local community college and I’m enjoying it immensely — except that sometimes I feel stressed because it’s difficult and I’m not the smartest kid in...

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