Lessons from Life: Silent Night
Aug19

Lessons from Life: Silent Night

It began as a warm, bright, starry night. But clouds were forming over the mountains and the smell of rain was present in the wind that was bullying the treetops. Soon a quiet drizzle began tip-tapping on the roof, and pit-patting on the lake. Within an hour, the rain began drumming down with force, gurgling noisily down the gutters, slapping against the windows, and hammering the lake. Lightning lit up the night sky making it...

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Lessons from Life: Heavenly Hash
Aug16

Lessons from Life: Heavenly Hash

A couple of weeks ago, Murph and I were driving home when the news announcer said, “The founder of The Sex and Candy Kitchen stores passed away today at age 102.” “What did he say? “ I asked my husband. “Something about Sex and candy stores, never heard of those before. Have you?” The news continued and we soon figured out that what he actually said was the founder of the Saxon Candy Kitchen Stores had passed away. Boy, did we have a...

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Lessons from Life: Blowing in the Dirt
Aug14

Lessons from Life: Blowing in the Dirt

It was a hot summer day in the park. There she sat in a soft pile of freshly tilled soil. Even the dirt that covered her face and little blue sun suit could not hide her natural charm.   Her dark curly hair poked out from her pink bonnet, her button nose was smudged with dust and little golden lights danced in her brown eyes, which were surrounded by sooty black lashes. She was absorbed in her task, picking up handfuls of the soft...

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Lessons from Life: A Barefoot Summer
Aug13

Lessons from Life: A Barefoot Summer

He was lanky, with arms and legs too long for his body. But instead of being clumsy, he moved with perfect balance. His round face was sun burnt and his pug nose was speckled with freckles. His shock of sun bleached blond hair looked as if he had combed it with an egg beater. He had lively mischievous blue eyes. His wide grin allowed his crooked front tooth to stick out. His cut off jeans were clean but well worn. His striped T-shirt...

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Lessons from Life: The Happy Yard
Aug12

Lessons from Life: The Happy Yard

There she was – her short little legs straight out in front of her as the swing rose and fell. When not swinging, those little legs were busy riding her trike, pushing her baby buggy, pulling her kitten in the wagon up and down the dirt paths that she had carved out in the yard, squatting in the sand box, or splashing in the pool. She made me think of a rare, exotic bird, full of life, hopping from limb to limb. She was a cheery...

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Lessons from Life: Aimless
Aug09

Lessons from Life: Aimless

Something magical happens when you feel the warm, sugar white sand between you toes, the screeching of seagulls assaults your ears, the smell of coconut oil floods your nostrils, your lips tingle with the sting of salt, your eyes scan the sparkling emerald water – ah, the beach – the beautiful, peaceful beach. All of your senses are alive as you wade through the gently lapping waves; the gentle breeze caresses your skin and...

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Lessons from Life: Friend
Aug07

Lessons from Life: Friend

She was my best friend. She was beautiful, willow slim, graceful, and poised. Eyes the color of sweet tea sparkled against the delicately boned ivory skin of her face, dark silky hair fell around her shoulders. She embraced life, splashing over with energy and enthusiasm. She was smart and witty. She did not simply enter a room; she burst into it with a generous smile and a reservoir of cheerfulness that never seemed to go dry. I, on...

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Lessons from Life: Kitty
Aug02

Lessons from Life: Kitty

I could faintly hear the soft, sad cry. But I was having a hard time locating it. I checked out the oak trees. I could see nothing. Maybe it was just a cat-bird. No, there it was again. Finally I spotted her. A little white kitten about half way up the old dogwood tree. She was almost invisible among the dogwood blossoms. She was about three feet out of my reach. “Here, kitty, kitty. Come on down. You’re not up so high. Come on...

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