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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 …

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What Is In Your Fortune Cookie?

To accomplish great things, we must have a vision, act on it, and—most importantly—believe in our dream and in ourselves. But today, now thanks to this fortune cookie, I have new perspective on life. Say Nothing - I think NOT! “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing.” Avoiding criticism is much like… Continue reading What Is In Your Fortune Cookie?

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The Simple Gift

What can you do when you feel the 2020 blues? Even behind a “2020 mask” people recognize a frown or a smile…it’s in your eyes. Maybe it’s about being noticed, so we don’t feel so invisible, even if it’s for a fraction of a second. Just imagine if you add a smile, in that moment… Continue reading The Simple Gift

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Finding Home

Winter: Playing in the snow near the horse barn! The side door to our beautiful house slid open, and the cool spring air rejuvenated my aging body. Mom had clipped off what seemed to be twenty-five pounds of my winter coat before going to bed, and I slept all night like a newborn puppy. The… Continue reading Finding Home

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Rocker Zane

Mom's Song by Rocker Zane age 12 “My favorite two instruments to play are piano and guitar, but I also play drums, bass, viola, and a little trumpet.” –Rocker Zane An Interview with Rocker Zane When Words Fail, Music Speaks A ping rang from my cell phone, announcing an incoming email from home over five… Continue reading Rocker Zane