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“How could rocks and sand and silence make us afraid and yet be so wonderful?” Edna Brush Perkins Serene is a word you could use to describe Death Valley. She is isolated and desolate by anyone’s standards, a primeval destination, and maybe the perfect place to celebrate thirty-nine years of marriage.  This clearly reveals our […]

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But I Don’t Have To Like It “And perhaps that might be the way to write — to open the page and to let the stories crawl in by themselves.” John Steinbeck Every house has its own personality, like husbands and dogs. Some are vivacious and alive, others solemn and quiet or deceptively charming. One […]

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Image Source: Everett Collection “Art is the window to a person’s soul. Without it, we would never be able to see beyond our immediate world, nor could the world see the person within.” Lady Bird Johnson I hope we all utilized our voices yesterday, braving the blessed rain, sleet, and snow to get out and […]

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Who’s most qualified to speak on my behalf? “When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” Madonna You’ve landed on the right essay. Read on… See, I have no idea how to accurately explain the recent conundrum I found myself in because it’s complicated. […]

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And The Sky Is Gray… Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett Today I went for a walk along the creek trail and purposely narrowed my vision on the trees. I revere trees. It feels as if they know me, whispering in the breeze, […]

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If You Make The Time “You don’t choose a life. You live one.” Emilio Estevez Starting an essay about walking the Camino de Santiago is as daunting as entering into marriage, slipping on a ring or a backpack, finding your way with little or no experience, depending on uniquely positioned markers to silently lead one […]

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We have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers [sisters] Martin Luther King Jr. Saying goodbye to my children is never easy, even the ones who live across the street, but especially the appendages who live beyond their mother’s maternal reach, which is anyone who lives more than 500 feet […]

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When I allow the past to dictate the future, it’s as if I’m a fish swimming upstream, battling the current, overwhelmed by my own anxiety. I have this uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach, as Julia Gregson describes, like when you’re swimming, and you want to put your feet down on something solid, […]

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Elizabeth was Queen of the United Kingdom my entire life, and now Charles and Camille have taken the throne. I guess I never actually believed the Queen would die, maybe because her life seemed more like a fairy tale than reality. Sadly, as with all things, it has come to an end. But that’s not […]