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I’m reading Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, alongside Joan Anderson’s A Year by the Sea, after recently finishing Ann Patchett’s Pulitzer Prize Finalist novel The Dutch House.  What a twisted reading experience if there ever was one, but then again, it’s the beginning of my new life, half of me is enmeshed […]

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I learned to entertain myself early in life. Anyone my age understands this because we didn’t have a lot of distractions in our day. No cell phones, iPads, planned play dates, club sports (if you were a girl), GameBoys, computers, or many television options. Except for Star Trek, of course, and yesterday Captain Kirk actually […]

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“Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food.” Austin O’Malley Early this morning I awake to a murder of crows hiding out in my magnolia tree probably trying to verify if the heady conspiracy of an extra garbage day is true or not. I listen to their crazy banter as […]

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I am settling into retirement as if a bull in the chute before a rodeo. All I can say is someone was a little overzealous with the flank strap.  All I do is run in circles creating dust, bucking the system, and getting nowhere.  Oh, and my cowboy, has been avidly vocalizing his displeasure with […]

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Last week I was all about Ice Cream Theology, living in the moment, enjoying the sweetness of life. Well, that melted. This week I’m fretting (occasionally) over the footprint I’ll be leaving on my children’s mental health after they’re forced to sift through my clutter when I’ve lost the race and I’m six feet under. […]

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In a race that you can’t win, slow it downYeah, you only get one go around‘Cause the finish line is six feet in the groundIn a race you can’t win, just slow it down Thomas Rhett “What I know about auto racing could be inscribed with a dry Magic Marker on the lip of a […]

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They’re back! I’m referring to the relatives from Missouri, the ones I feared might be ax murders a few years back (see; 5 Reasons to Choose Happy), who have finally returned to the lake, and they came bearing gifts. You’ll be relieved to know they brought us a custom-made set of Cornhole boards, instead of […]

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Did you know the Mayflower, not only transported my ancestors across the Atlantic in 1620, but landed at Plymouth Rock because, the crew feared, the Pilgrims were going through the beer too quickly? According to Kate Julian, the ship was headed for the mouth of the Hudson River, until the beer ran low and the […]

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“I am not a grace graduate,” I speak this out loud to an empty room, because I am continually in need of rescue, not from the world, but from myself. That was easier to type than to finally realize. A grace graduate knows when to let things go, she’s wise, compassionate, tolerant, and frugal with […]