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The Last Christmas Present

Posted on December 26th, 2018
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Every year, without fail, the packages arrived.  It might be on Christmas Eve or the day before; it might even be Christmas Day, but they always, always came.  They might be in bags or they might be wrapped, but there were usually two, one of which was a fun box of S’mores stuff from Wal-Mart.  […]

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Future Memories

Posted on December 20th, 2018
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I was driving down the road the other day, looking at all the things that aren’t there anymore.  City Hall looks very different than it did when I was growing up.  The Guinn Tourist Home turned into a Hardees.  And the wonderful old Patterson house is now a vacant lot, compliments of a fire a […]

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Merry Christmas?

Posted on December 12th, 2018
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Let’s all put on our thinking caps for a minute and see if we can count how many different ways we’re told to be happy this season.  I’ll start with the song Deck the Halls which is rather insistent that it’s the season to be jolly.  Let’s see . . . then there’s Winter Wonderland.  […]

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It’s Ok . . .

Posted on December 6th, 2018
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Services were almost over when she came down the center aisle.  There was determination in her step, a note held in her hand, and grief etched across her face.  She spoke briefly with the minister after handing him her message, returning to the back of the church before the song of invitation ended. The minister […]

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Grief and Fear

Posted on November 28th, 2018
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If you’ve read my last few attempts at blogging then you know my daughter and I traveled to Sedona, Arizona recently.  She had been before, so I had a knowledgeable and really cute tour guide who also had a whole list of must-sees/dos for her mommy.  On that list just happened to be the Grand […]

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In The Service Of Others

Posted on November 21st, 2018
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As usual for this time of year, the normal post-on-Wednesday-night, find-it-on-Thursday-morning blog comes a day early, ‘cause Thanksgiving wishes rule the regular blog day.  And, as usual, I feel like I should really focus on being thankful for something.  The trouble is, for what?  That isn’t to say I’m not grateful, because goodness knows, I […]

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Looking Up

Posted on November 14th, 2018
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This week has been a struggle, at least where any kind of writing is concerned.  Writer’s block has ruled the day.  Actually, all the days.  And it wasn’t for a lack of possible topics.  Kathryne and I were spending a week in Sedona, Arizona so there was all the “preparation to leave” material.  Then the […]

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The Stuff We Leave Behind

Posted on November 7th, 2018
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He came to the building intent upon purchasing a monument for himself and his wife.  She had died just over a year before, and he’d thought about it often enough, but folks kept telling him they’d help him with it . . . but that’s all they ever did.  He wanted a family member to […]

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Amazingly Memorable

Posted on October 31st, 2018
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Last week I recounted the tale of our smoldering heat and air unit, the one that made me believe the world as I knew it was about to change drastically.  In the course of my story, I mentioned our code for a fire in the building—Code Jerry Lee—which was based on the song “Great Balls […]

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Code Jerry Lee

Posted on October 24th, 2018
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I was quietly working away in bookkeeping last Saturday evening, minding my own business and not bothering anyone else.  It seemed a little chilly, which is understandable since bookkeeping is in the garage, so I turned on the heat for the first time this season, and went back to the tasks at hand.  A few […]

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