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It is Better to Remain Silent . . .

Posted on November 19th, 2014
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. . . and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt—at least that was Abraham Lincoln’s take on the matter of speaking without thought or knowledge or both.  Unfortunately, we as human beings often have a need to say something, especially when we find ourselves in an uncomfortable or […]

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Take the Time

Posted on November 13th, 2014
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There are those times when, for whatever reason, I end up alone at the funeral home . . . alone meaning I am the only living, breathing human being in the place. Granted, I generally have company, but we are rarely in the same room and if we are, they are extremely quiet, minding their […]

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The Egg Cup

Posted on November 6th, 2014
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Anderson, my ridiculously cute three year old grandson, stood before me, clutching a small, stuffed pink flamingo in his tiny hands. With his wonderfully clear and somewhat pleading blue eyes, he looked up at me and asked, “Can I, Mona? Can I take him home?” He had asked for a “friend” from his daddy’s old […]

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Isaiah

Posted on October 30th, 2014
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His name is Isaiah. I know that because he told me so. And he’s five. He told me that as well. And he wrestles forks encased in plastic. I’m not exactly sure why. I was making coffee in the lounge when he popped around the end of the island and asked my name. I told […]

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Show Me

Posted on October 23rd, 2014
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There’s a reason Missouri is the “show me” state and why we have old sayings like, “Seeing is believing” and “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” It’s because somewhere along the way, years and years and years ago, someone figured out that the best way to convince a person of something was to show it […]

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Your Mama’s on the Roof

Posted on October 13th, 2014
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A man went on vacation, entrusting the care and feeding of his cat to his friend who also happened to live next door.  A few days into his trip, his phone rang.  His friend and cat keeper was on the other end.  “Hey, man.  I’m really sorry, but your cat got up on the roof […]

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The Beauty of Age

Posted on September 24th, 2014
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I would like to state for the record that I am highly insulted, offended, ticked, miffed, irritated, annoyed, ill, perturbed, aggravated, and any other synonym for mad that presently escapes me. It happened while I was ironing the other morning.  Yes, I iron.  I don’t want to look like I slept in my clothes—and I […]

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Unpacking the Bag

Posted on September 15th, 2014
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I am a granny.  Actually, that’s not exactly right.  I am a Mona, a name concocted by my son and daughter-in-law at the approaching birth of their son, Wilson.  If you know my first name, then you get it.  If not, don’t worry.  It’s really not that important to the overall story. I’ve been very […]

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‘Tis Midnight

Posted on September 9th, 2014
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He sat in the middle of the cemetery, the mist slowly engulfing him, limiting his sight and feeding his growing anxiety.  Why in the world had he agreed to be here?  Thinking back on the person who called, he decided it would be a suitable practical joke to have him sitting in the dark at […]

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What if…

Posted on August 30th, 2014
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A little over one year ago, August 29, 2013 to be precise, I got the phone call that no parent ever wants to receive.  The unnaturally calm voice on the other end of the line informed me there had been an accident.  What kind of accident, I wanted to know.  And from there came the […]

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