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Dear Journal, I’m Stuck on a Boat with Family!

1979, Dear Journal, it’s Annie. Moved onto a sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean, cut off from former life. Almost thirteen and feeling kidnapped by my family, torn from the life I love. Annie - Aboard the Western Star As librarians and readers come across this book, aka my sailing journal, it’s fun to hear their… Continue reading Dear Journal, I’m Stuck on a Boat with Family!

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September 95th

The whispering sounds of a kitten’s meow arouse me from the depth of sleep. I open my eyes, then struggle to focus as they meet little goddess Maia’s wide, pleading gaze. Now a grown cat, she has always made sounds like a kitten and kneaded me like bread when she’s hungry. She stretches her paws… Continue reading September 95th

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Dear Santa – a short story

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a pony. Love, Me The short note I’d written Santa was placed back on my desk by Mrs. Oliver, my third-grade teacher. It had red pen notes from her all over that read: Why do you want a pony? How will you take care of it? Will… Continue reading Dear Santa – a short story

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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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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