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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Lightguard

Sinister creatures lurk in the shadows around us. The human eye can see a fraction of the predators surrounding it. Murder, abuse, and slavery despoil the world, yet they wield far less power to commit evil than the forces inspiring them. Mankind yearns to secure its safety by means we can…

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Fire Breathing, a Noble Aspiration

A tremor seized the floor. Mary tumbled onto the cool, gritty surface. She flattened her arms out to either side as the quake rattled up the walls. The ceiling heaved as if it might cave in on their heads. She hugged her knees and studied her friends' gaping faces. Wide eyes…

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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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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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Squandering Hog

Hoarders get their own TV show. Commercials woo spenders throughout the channels. All the while, a hybrid beast lurks in the shadows. This creature remains under Hollywood's radar. Ad companies and reality shows fail to exploit...the squandering hog. If I didn't know better, I'd assume rarity played a role in delaying…

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Eat Your Cake Today

“'Eat it today,' Moses said, 'because today is a sabbath to the LORD'" (Exodus 16:25). We've all heard the terrible story of Titanic's victims who forfeited dessert to save their figure. Though I don't advocate gluttony or any other sort of hedonism, each day has it's own sweet opportunities. The gift loses…

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