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Pets In All Shapes and Sizes

Clyde Sponge in hand, I dipped it into the sink water and washed another dish, allowing my gaze to drift beyond the window, to the small grass field my three boys played in for so many years. Beyond that field and a small grove of trees sits our eight-stall horse barn where I spent most… Continue reading Pets In All Shapes and Sizes

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Clowns of the Sea: the Atlantic Puffin

A fun way to explore Iceland with kids from home! #nature #puffins #animals #Iceland #travel #books #ebook #audiobook

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A Mosquito Free Oasis

My life journey is taking me back to live on a beautiful lake in central Florida. It’s been many moons since we lived around over-sized, man-eating reptiles and humongous yet stealthy, flying, blood-sucking insects. However, starting off in a new house, new town, allows room for new ideas. Out of the “things” we are bringing… Continue reading A Mosquito Free Oasis

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The Creative Monsters Within

Have you ever had such a vivid dream that it puts every feeling you ever had on high alert? Then, all day long you think of it, not as a dream but something real—even tangible. My advice to you: Write it down! Every detail, from each character to their personality, style, accent, and can you… Continue reading The Creative Monsters Within

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Rainbows

Our sailboat, the Sharon Ann, was perfect for our weekend sailing trips to Catalina and holidays to places like Cabo San Lucas. I would sit with Dad in the cockpit sometimes all night long, plus down below was stuffy and it made me nauseous. The cold air and salty sprays of the Pacific Ocean would… Continue reading Rainbows

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Pup and the Purple Unicorn

Standing on the hard concrete, I stared in the appliance store window at the news on a television that had apparently been placed on sale today. A reporter standing outside the Dollar General, a store I knew so very well, was talking into the camera. I couldn’t hear what she was saying, but the store… Continue reading Pup and the Purple Unicorn

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Reality Word Game: Connection – Gratitude – Sons

Dawn snuck through the fog and the smell of fresh coffee lingered in the air as my sleepy eyes moved over my to-do lists. My fingers found the keyboard and, without a thought, unlocked my Mac. My eyes narrowed as the screen lit up the room. I didn’t remember being on Facebook before walking away… Continue reading Reality Word Game: Connection – Gratitude – Sons

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Hot Topic: Smudging

The vast desert land passed quietly along as I searched for wild horses from the van’s window. The land of the free and the brave. In my eight-year-old mind, freedom stood for no fences so one could ride their horse for days in one direction without obstruction, and brave was for those riding in the… Continue reading Hot Topic: Smudging

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Go For It Anyway!

Have you ever met someone who instantly jabbed you with looks and words? The thing is, I never was introduced to her, but she had a lot to say about me. It was my first writers conference and I was sitting with a small group, sharing a page or two of our books or stories… Continue reading Go For It Anyway!

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If Pets Could Talk …

Who said they can’t talk? Annie is my father’s service dog and she goes everywhere with him. The special bond that has grown between heart patient and service dog in the past several years is unbelievable. He has stumbled, fallen, and she cried out until someone came to help. He has had several heart arrhythmias,… Continue reading If Pets Could Talk …