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Two tubes of used lip gloss. The permanent ink was worn off. The applicator bent. But, it was wrapped with a bow. Given from his heart. It was the annual “teacher’s cleaning their desks” rummage sale – and the boys had packed cash. A lot of cash. They cleaned their piggy banks, and there were […]

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“Why did Grandpa have to die?” “How many seconds in a year?” “How many Super Bowls have the Falcons won?” “How deep are the roots of a 20 foot tall tree?” “What is Europe like?” “Why isn’t she nice to me?” “Mom, he makes me feel awkward. I don’t know how to talk to him.” […]

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It wasn’t Needles Highway… but it felt like it! A daunting drop off on either side… my green semi and I. Like dangling a hippopotamus on a tightrope! With 18 WIDE wheels, one lone trail, and a crazy driving history… I was scared. White knuckles, I grabbed the oversized steering wheel. How fitting: I’m wearing […]

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Elegance… “kindergarten-style”…  is true elegance. Learning the finest manners… through real life experiences! Boys who extend their arms, gratifying “ladies first.” Boys who pull their chairs out for their dates. Guys who hold the doors for the girls. Boys properly asking girls for a dance. You may shake your head at the old fashioned flare. […]

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Does a singer need a Country Music Award to be a “star?”  Do we have to win a race to be a “runner”? My P.R. is mine – but nothing to brag about. My split isn’t negative. 50-state runner’s club: not a member. I may never run a full. But, I’ve logged hundreds of S-L-O-W miles. I’m […]

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It wasn’t her dazzling dress or his black tux. It was their eyes. They weren’t in love. But it was love. real love. The moment was so brief.. only a keen eye could  have stolen it. But, I was watching. Because I love to watch them. A high school junior guy… good natured, sweet, charismatic […]

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“Her left eye is blindness. Her right eye nearly blind. But don’t worry about her. She’s learned to see from her heart. And when you learn to see from your heart, you will always have light.” a very wise 5th grade North Dakota girl. She spoke softly, yet everyone in the gymnasium was listening. Her […]

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Glisten. Sparkle. Every blade of grass appeared as it had been dipped into a frozen tundra. A picture-perfect frost. Everywhere.  A perfect day for a snow angel – but guess who was watching? No one could have walked away. Like a fine linen blanket, the snow’s virginity so perfect. But, falling to the temptation, I […]

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