Flowers or Finances

Posted on January 19th, 2017
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Those of you who don’t reside in my neck of the woods (which, I presume, would be the vast majority) are probably unaware that the world temporarily ended at approximately 8:30 AM on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. That’s almost the precise moment when the networks of both AT&T and Version ceased to function.  I know […]

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Organized Ducks

Posted on January 11th, 2017
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I understand that useful knowledge is often dry and boring, the learning of which is avoided at all costs. But sometimes, boring or not, there’s information out there that you or someone you know will need.  Maybe not now.  Maybe not tomorrow or next week or even next year.  Probably not even in a game […]

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Everything In Its Season

Posted on January 4th, 2017
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Shock and amazement. My Christmas tree(s) are still up.  So is my Christmas garland.  And my Christmas everything else.  I know there are people who spent Christmas Day storing everything Christmas, but honestly, by then I’m too exhausted to even contemplate such, much less actually engage in the task.  And I know there are some […]

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A Certain Future

Posted on December 29th, 2016
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She sits as close to him as circumstances will allow and, after 60 years, they are still holding hands. If she has not taken his, he reaches for hers.  If ever two people were one, they are those people.  But his health has declined significantly over the past few months, and his mind has already […]

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It’s the Little Things

Posted on December 21st, 2016
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For the last I-don’t-know-how-many years, my daughter and I have baked cookies in December. Lots and lots of cookies.  And we try to keep up with the numbers, not so we can brag but so we know how many of each kind can go on a plate.  This year’s calculations—and baking—yielded 1,905 bits of deliciousness.  […]

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Lighting the Tree

Posted on December 14th, 2016
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She came up to me after the service for the express purpose of relaying her gratitude for the effort. It was beautiful, she said, but so hard because her grief was so fresh.  He had loved Thanksgiving and especially Christmas so the season alone made the loss more difficult. We have a pretty standard format […]

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If I Had Only Known

Posted on December 8th, 2016
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The Service of Remembrance is Thursday night in Savannah. It’s a year’s worth of loss and a month’s worth of work, designed to honor the memories of those who died since the last service, often far sooner than might have been expected and most certainly than was acceptable. During the service there is a Power Point presentation […]

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Lost to the Flames

Posted on December 1st, 2016
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Many of us have helplessly watched this week as wild fires raged around the resort areas of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. We’ve waited and we’ve prayed and we’ve hoped that the rampage could be contained and the area impacted as little as possible.  And while we’ve waited we’ve watched, often as memories disappeared in the […]

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Give Thanks

Posted on November 23rd, 2016
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It is Thanksgiving Eve, that day filled with trips to the grocery store, preliminary cooking, and trying to decide where everyone can nap once the eating is over. Since most everyone on Facebook will be posting Happy Thanksgiving wishes with the obligatory Thanksgiving Day picture on what is usually a link-to-the-blog day, I thought I’d […]

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Don’t Forget Them

Posted on November 17th, 2016
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Recently my Kathryne and I had a girls’ night out. It wasn’t something we planned but with her husband at work and mine celebrating a win on the hill at Knoxville, it just seemed like the thing to do.  So we did. Said night out consisted of supper (because I don’t eat dinner) at a […]

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