Listening for Thunder

I grew up among whispering live oaks and pines. I scampered with other kids into the woods or frolicked with them among the tree cluster in our yard. When no one else could play, I climbed into my favorite oak and imagined myself queen of a living castle. In my tropical state, I…

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My Post-Bucket List

Some vow to scale a cliff, visit a world wonder, or learn five languages. Others plan to taste exotic delicacies or indulge in the arts. Aimed toward travel, achievement, or adrenaline-laced adventure, most call these goals a bucket list. This litany of tasks aspires to define the completeness of one's life. Measure the…

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Odd Life of Extraordinary Creatures

The odd life of a fairy tale creature begins ahead of our classic "once upon a time" moment. Forest animals pranced among the trees without a musical score and avoided humans until Snow White entered the scene. Attic mice scurried along like common vermin before Cinderella inspired them to sing. A…

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Getting the Most from your Fall

Autumn's cascading leaves and glimmer of auburn across the horizon offers a perfect setting to consider falling. Though I'm as prone as Lucile Ball's screen characters to stumble through my home, today's blog won't highlight the comic relief of physical clumsiness. As we delve into squash season, let's take a moment…

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Delightful Gifts

"God shines forth. Our God comes and will not be silent...He summons the heavens above,and the earth, that he may judge his people...'Sacrifice thank offerings to God,fulfill your vows to the Most High,and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.'" -…

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Stronger than the Mountain

I squinted at step number three hundred, wavering before me. Staking my right foot in place, I gripped the rail and heaved myself onward. My lungs strained to draw themselves full, but drank the air as if sucking ocean water through a straw to quench a thirst. I clutched my swimming…

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Light Therapy

Sunrays filter through ozone, cirrus clouds, and an atmospheric parfait of allergens and pollutants. Their fingertips penetrate the grimy window pane and rest upon my shoulder. This infant's touch of light is just enough to inspire hope in a gloom-shadowed home. The beam stokes my appetite. My feet itch for the…

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Unquenchable

Dry skin shrivels into minuscule canyons between veins and wrinkles, aging my hands decades beyond the years they've earned. A pinched spot eases back into place, confirming my need for water.  I drink the last drop from my glass, but my flesh will soon crave more. Just outside, noon rays crisp each…

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Have the Heart?

Do you have the heart to be a genuine Valentine? The traditional sentiments float across store shelves and into mailboxes--be mine, I love you, I'm yours, etc. We purchase knick knacks and cards for friends, family, and those whose company we enjoy. But these gifts fall short of a true Valentine…

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Surfiving Lifewaves

My childhood days at the beach included wading as far into the ocean as my tiptoes allowed. My father, brother, and I peered across the glimmering water's surface toward the oncoming swells. We sprang over mild waves, sharing a grin between them. Moderate heights demanded a bit more focus for a…

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