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The Forgotten Ones

Posted on January 11th, 2018
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The holidays had been difficult but not impossible.  They had gotten through them as a family, sharing memories and laughter and, occasionally, tears.  And they had tried to include her as much as possible—‘her” being his girlfriend, the young lady to whom he planned to propose at Christmas.  But his tragic death in July had […]

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Thank You

Posted on January 3rd, 2018
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It was New Year’s Day, but that hadn’t stopped Death from making several visits throughout our little communities, so while a great deal of the world slept in that morning or claimed the recliner and the remote, several of our locations had employees clocked in and hard at work.  In Savannah the schedule called for […]

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The Resolve to Resolve

Posted on December 28th, 2017
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Ah . . . To-Do lists.  I love them dearly and depend upon them more and more as the years fly by.  I’ve ceased to view them as a crutch and now consider them an essential part of daily life.  My problem is, no matter how many lists I make, I either lose them or […]

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A Sacred Trust

Posted on December 20th, 2017
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This past Thursday, a couple of hundred folks gathered in Savannah’s chapel to remember someone—or several someones—they lost during the year.  Our Commerative Tree was magnificent and a collective gasp rose from those in attendance when it was lit.  There was the opportunity to laugh and the freedom to cry and a lot of both […]

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Life’s Music

Posted on December 14th, 2017
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I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately because:  1. We’re baking cookies and that calls for all the traditional Christmas carols by all the traditional artists—and John Denver with the Muppets and Pentatonix (John Denver sings with the Muppets but not with Pentatonix . . . they didn’t exist when he did), and […]

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Sleighs and Reindeer

Posted on December 7th, 2017
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Monday night was Savannah’s annual Christmas Parade, an extravaganza of light and sound that is traditionally held on the first Monday night of December—unless it rains, and then it’s usually rescheduled to a date that conflicts with our Service of Remembrance or staff Christmas party.  Of course, there’s the marching band and the Dance Team […]

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Jean Lillian’s Journey

Posted on November 29th, 2017
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Back in 1953 her family anxiously awaited her arrival—hers and that of her twin brother.  Of course, in 1953 there was no way of knowing they would be a girl and a boy.  The technology didn’t exist that allows such common knowledge today.  Times were very different and, in this instance, the parents would be […]

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Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

Posted on November 21st, 2017
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Kindly allow me to state the obvious.  The holiday season is upon us.  I don’t know how it happened since I’m pretty sure I did this Thanksgiving thing like last week.  But here it is, in spite of my best efforts to slow the passage of time. If we’re honest about it, the next month […]

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Day Is Done . . .

Posted on November 15th, 2017
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Day is done . . . gone the sun . . . from the lakes, from the hills, from the sky.  All is well.  Safely rest.  God is nigh. It’s a beautiful melody, a haunting melody often played by a single trumpet or bugle and often played at the saddest of times to honor one […]

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No Magic Words

Posted on November 8th, 2017
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You know how in the movies and on television, when a writer is trying to write and nothing is working and they’re using a for real typewriter, they rip the paper out of the carriage, wad it up into a crumpled ball, and toss it into a wastebasket that’s already overflowing with wadded up crumpled […]

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