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I SURE DO LOVE THESE GUYS!

I have a video clip saved on my laptop, taken a few years ago when everyone gathered for some holiday or family celebration. In the foreground, a group of musicians play an Irish tune: my nephew James plays guitar; my … Continue reading

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15 THINGS GUARANTEED TO MAKE MY DAY BRIGHTER

Some days, for no apparent reason, I get stuck in the doldrums. I feel BLAH and can’t seem to get any productive work done. Here are 15 things guaranteed to lift my spirits when I hit a slump or a … Continue reading

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GOOD BOOKS, SUNSHINE, AND FRESH AIR

In On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King writes: “You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do so. It’s hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or … Continue reading

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CHECK THAT OFF MY LIST…

This summer, for the first time in twenty-five years, I am NOT making lesson plans, perusing textbooks, ordering lab specimens, previewing video courses, or gathering school supplies. Last week, my youngest and I attended Summer Orientation and Registration at our local … Continue reading

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3 THINGS THAT ARE HARD TO DO

3 Things that are very hard for me to do: Continue on a diet plan past Day 3. Exercise today (no problem there!), exercise again tomorrow..and then exercise again the day after that. Write, and then be unable to write … Continue reading

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IT’S NOT FAILURE IF I LEARN FROM IT

When I was in fourth grade, I was in love with my teacher, Mrs. L. C. Nichols. Mrs. Nichols was the sun around which my little brain planet orbited. Mrs. Nichols gave our class a spelling test each week. One … Continue reading

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THE POWER OF WEAKNESS

“Adequacy is a liability.” Such was the wisdom offered me by a godly, humble, precious sister in Christ. We were talking about writing – something we both love, and a craft with which my friend has much more experience than I … Continue reading

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QUEEN OF THE HAY FIELD

Where I live, “fast food” means scrambled eggs and toast. When you live way out in the country in the middle of a hay field, you don’t have access to drive-through, take-out, or delivery. If you want to got out … Continue reading

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WAITING…

Grandbaby #6 was due to arrive yesterday. Today, still no serious contractions, and it looks like it might be another week until we get to meet this newest addition to the family. Thankfully, my daughter is content to wait patiently … Continue reading

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BLOOM…NOW!

These four-o’clocks grew from seeds given to me by a friend who is now deceased. They are precious to me, because they remind me of Carol. Four-o’clocks bloom in the soft light of mid-morning or late afternoon (thus the name), … Continue reading

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