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Traveling Lighter: The Burden of “Stuff”

Traveling Lighter: The Burden of “Stuff”

I remember visiting my dad and stepmother’s house years ago, and opening a kitchen cabinet and finding four plates, four glasses and four coffee cups in it.  That’s it.  Just four plates, four glasses and four coffee cups.  “Strange,” I thought.  In the bathroom cabinet, there were only a few basic items: denture-cleaning paraphernalia, hemorrhoid cream, a bar of soap, and a toilet-paper four-pack.  “Stranger,” I thought, and then, “Eeww!” This incident was in the late nineties, and Sarge and…

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One Star Brighter

One Star Brighter

My family was initiated this week into a club no one wants to join: those who’ve lost a family member to suicide.  It honors those for whom living with their demons has brought too great a pain, and death seems the only possible way to end the suffering. A young man with great promise, with character, with the support of an amazing, loving family and hundreds of friends, decided that he could no longer face his life.  Someone who lived surrounded…

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THERE REALLY ISN’T

THERE REALLY ISN’T

THERE ISN’T TIME There isn’t time, there isn’t time To do the things I want to do. With all the mountain-tops to climb, And all the woods to wander through. And all the seas to sail upon, And everywhere there is to go, And all the people, every one Who lives upon the Earth, to know. There’s only time, there’s only time To know a few, and do a few, And then sit down and make a rhyme About the…

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Welcome, Daylight Saving Time!

Welcome, Daylight Saving Time!

I know a lot of people hate it, but I love Daylight Saving Time.  It’s an adjustment, to be sure, but it’s totally worth it.  Especially since I retired and no longer have to rise early to get to work on time.  (One of the perks of stacking up the decades!)  It means Spring is truly here (well, almost, anyway) and brings to mind endless summer afternoons spent outdoors on a chaise lounge sipping icy-cold lemonade.  Not that I actually…

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A Gut Feeling

A Gut Feeling

I just got off my acid reflux medicine.  I am amazed at how easy it was. (And no, I am not being paid to advertise anything). I have taken enough Prilosec and Zantac over the years to keep those companies in business, and if I missed a dose, I could tell it within a few hours by the burning pain in my gut.  I assumed I would take something for it forever. Then last week I read an article that…

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unlikely heroes: trees

unlikely heroes: trees

I have this scenario in my mind about the day God created trees.  It goes like this: as each new kind of tree occurred to Him, He spoke it into existence, then gazed into its heart and whispered, “Grow leaves and make seeds, and the earth will be ever covered with your beauty and goodness.”  And the trees took His words seriously and were determined to always, no matter what happened, to make their leaves and produce their seeds and…

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Working It Out, One Believer At A Time

Working It Out, One Believer At A Time

Funny thing about these Church Ladies.  I do not doubt for a minute their sincerity or their devotion to their Christian faith.  But some of their ways just seem strange to me. This particular brand of Church Ladies holds to the Old Testament tenet of having long hair.  Not a thing wrong with that, I reckon.  But it seems to me they’re more concerned with the letter of the law than the spirit of it. They do indeed have long…

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Like I’m My Best Friend

Like I’m My Best Friend

Picture this.  Your best friend in the whole world comes to you and pours out her heart.  She’s made a terrible mistake, and her heart is wounded; she needs healing.  So you say to her, “Well, that’s no surprise.  You’ve always been stupid. You never do anything right.  What did you expect?  Don’t you remember thirty-four years ago, you made the same mistake?  Why don’t you learn? You’re so dense.” Okay.  So you would never say those mean and hurtful…

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Things I disadmire about the human race: Rant No. 1

Things I disadmire about the human race: Rant No. 1

Wandering through a thrift shop, I am standing before a small ocean of clear glass bowls.  All sizes, several shapes (most, admittedly, are round), old and new, in various states of cleanliness. Now, I am not in the market for any more glass bowls. I am already amply supplied with a variety of glass bowls for all occasions.  In fact, my kitchen cabinet would probably cheer if I selected a few to donate, which I have no plans to do….

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In My Next Life… Episode One

In My Next Life… Episode One

Next time around, I want to be a fish.  Or a mermaid.  Or at least a swimmer. All this life I have watched practically everyone I know and millions of people I don’t know playing in water and actually enjoying it.  In this life, water strikes an unreasoning fear in me.  I can even panic in the shower.  How ridiculous is that? I have a few memories about water from my childhood.  Not one of them is pleasant.  I remember…

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