RA’s Thoughts

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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

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The Commencement Address

Young adults sat in elegant white seats on a chapel lawn, dressed in dark suits and classy white summer dresses. Tall oak trees swayed gently in the breeze, shading most of the event. Beyond, a blue lake sparkled back at the sun as swans glided effortlessly across the surface. It was a beautiful May morning… Continue reading The Commencement Address

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Little Life Lessons

Blink ... and they are grown! Remembering the little pitter-patter of feet, three quick steps to my one stride. A warm, tiny hand clutched firmly around my fingers, and my grip on his hand just firm enough to grab ahold if needed as we strolled up the sidewalk. I guided him around obstacles, pointed out… Continue reading Little Life Lessons

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CLICK the Shutter Snapped

Fine Arts My fingers clutch around the camera body, its weight resting in my hand. My eye relaxed but fixed, I gaze through the eye piece and observe every detail in frame. My left hand slowly rotates the zoom ring, shifts slightly, then moves to the focus ring until the image falls into place. In… Continue reading CLICK the Shutter Snapped

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Facts Married Fiction

My toes wiggled as I giggled, listening to Larissa Thompson narrate my Puffin Explorers series audiobook (available on Audible). Another fun part of being an author is listening to the characters come to life in a whole new way. Making sure each word from the audiobook matched the new eBook version of Iceland: The Puffin… Continue reading Facts Married Fiction

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Slaying the Dragon Bills

The cool spring air brushes the hair over my face. The birds are singing love songs in the branches of the thin wall of trees following the driveway as it dips downward to the valley road, while the sun rays seek out my skin to warm. Today is nothing short of a marvelous day. My… Continue reading Slaying the Dragon Bills

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Doodling with Hannah

An Interview with Artist Hannah Jones What is life if you don’t use the whole set of crayons you possess? In my opinion, it’s a very bland life indeed. My path crossed with Hannah Jones a few years ago at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. Her talent at playing the cello was undeniable, but that… Continue reading Doodling with Hannah

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Enjoy Your Path

The question for the day: If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m doing now? Absolutely! Suddenly everyone reading this must think I have my laptop open while sunning in a very comfortable lounge chair on a private beach. Sitting under a shade umbrella, sipping on a… Continue reading Enjoy Your Path