All posts filed under: living

The Heart of the Matter

Dear Other People – Even though there’s a lot of hoopla about which chronic ailment titles are best, and worst, I don’t care how you refer to me. And my disease. A person with diabetes. A diabetic. For me, it’s a big ole nothing-burger. Really. […]

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Dear Malakai (letter 1)

Dear Malakai, So I hear tell that you’ve started on a wonky, crazy, brandSpanking new, maybe scary, but somewhat exciting, God-trusting adventure. We’ve needed a kiddo like you in the ranks – an eager, willing, chasing after God sorta young feller. But hey, before I […]

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An Ounce

  He’s so confused he don’t now whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt. ~ Truvy (Steel Magnolias move) . New Year’s resolutions, one-word centering devices, themes, dreams and/or ideals may work for the stick to it sort lurking among us, but for the confused and discombobulated, […]

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Learning to Look

I want to remember to let myself be intoxicated in the present -the here and now- so I can see the beauty right in front of me. . But I’m learning to look out the windows, to talk to my seat mates, to stop and […]

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(Profs, Pups & Pedigrees) Dog Daze of June

One summer, a simple country girl and a simple country feller cut the apron stings and united in the mayhem of marriage, err, I mean holy matrimony. They moved, unpacked, and mastered their culinary Top Ramen skills — all in the midst of their newfound collegiate adulthood where they gained higher […]

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A Caffeinated Ode

    Ode poetry sometimes sings the praises of the everyday. Write an ode about a favorite coffee or tea shop. What makes it yours? Write about the atmosphere, or the people who craft the beverages that make your day bright. ~ TweetSpeak Poetry serves […]

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Golden Legs & Good Night Kisses

Golden Legs & Good Night Kisses

Saturday nights my little sis and I got belly low, crawled up the stairs and spied as momma walked by – square dance frills, pale blue & stark white; glittery, golden legs. Hair spray, perfume, penciled eyebrows, drops of pink hue rubbed cheeks to ears. […]

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Love God, Love People: In the midst of winkles

Love God, Love People: In the midst of winkles

Orphans. The mere word conjures depressing images and sorrowful thoughts of hungry tummies, starving hearts, and empty hands. Babies. Toddlers. Children. But, are they the only orphans? I think not. Let me share a story, intertwined with poetry, about Christmas Day 2010… My fellas and I […]

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It Took Courage

It Took Courage

“Many of these girls came from sheltered homes and settled out in the wilderness of plains, living alone in the little isolated shanties out of reach of human aid… In winter they were marooned for days and nights at a stretch without a human being […]

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Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot

That sweet spot, that one right there where night’s shadows dissolve into dawn as daylight creeps slow ‘n stead over the mountain – . That sweet spot, that one right there where your physical body is so tired from a full day’s work that sleep […]

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Lifejacket, check.

Lifejacket, check.

  I was on a jet-boat this weekend with my boys and some visiting family. I cannot explain the feeling of freedom whilst we raced across the water or floated on it’s surface, with the bottom lurking below at a depth of 116 feet.   […]

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Zealous Fellas

Zealous Fellas

In the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornadoes most of us are quick to find, and sometimes even get stuck in, the miry heaps of unimaginable loss, grief, and pain. And for someone like me, an outsider to this sorta up-close devastation, I sorta feel overwhelmed, […]

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