Tag: new year

  • Dare to Be Happy

    Dare to Be Happy

    In a quiet place in my kitchen hangs a chalkboard. I walk by it a gazillion times a day, going to the garage, going to get a broom, going to feed the dogs a treat. I don't read the words on the board everytime I[..]
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  • So You Want to be Admired

    So You Want to be Admired

    I asked my friends why they thought Michelle Obama was selected as the Most Admired Woman in America. They listed for me all the reasons they admired her: She's nice She's classy She's kind She's smart She's compassionate She's authentic She loves her family She's[..]
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  • Straight out of a Novel

    Straight out of a Novel

      Daughter Shelby called me this morning. Or maybe I called her (who can remember these things after watching The Great British Baking Show, which, yes, I know is an oxymoron). Today was Shelby's last day at the law office where she has worked for[..]
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  • The County

    The County

      We were tucked into a couple of chairs at the corner diner. A wood stove burned hot in the far north corner. In the far south corner sat a gaggle of men swapping stories. The young ones wore blue jeans, fleece-lined jackets and baseball[..]
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  • The Promise of God

    The Promise of God

    [caption id="attachment_1246" align="aligncenter" width="644"] Mama, Daddy. Jim. Clinch Mountain. June 28, 1953.[/caption]   I woke to the beat of rain pouring down, and the far off sound of an unhappy and likely very wet dog barking. The last Christmas I woke to rain was at[..]
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  • Resolutions of a Misremembered Life

    Resolutions of a Misremembered Life

      She bought the buffet from a man who lived in that same prison town where she lived and worked and planted a garden so lush people would drive by the brick house on the corner lot just to hang their heads out the rolled[..]
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