Monthly Archives: July 2013

An Ode to Friends and Family

Technically this is not an ode because an ode is a poem, and I am not much of a poet. This is, however, a note of honor, which is what an ode truly is. So here goes. Melanie and I … Continue reading

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By the Numbers

Do you remember them? Paint-by-Number kits. Each kit has a picture laid out with small sections with numbers in them. Also included was an artist’s paint brush and a strip of plastic containers with various paints in them. Each vial … Continue reading

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Planning for the Unknown

How do you plan for the unknown? Most of us like to plan ahead, at least a bit. If we go on a vacation, we like to know where we are going, what the weather will be like, what we … Continue reading

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Dangerous Waters

 Arkansas hosts one river with world class rapids. I stood on the banks of Cossatot Falls shortly after I moved to the state over twenty years ago. When I visited, the river level was low, still, the falls were impressive. … Continue reading

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How Do You Handle Disappointment?

How do you handle disappointment? If you are a woman, retail therapy might help. New shoes anyone? Perhaps a triple dip of Double Chocolate Fudge ice cream – nah, a whole half gallon. Soaking in a hot tub? That might … Continue reading

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And the Winner Is …

I checked Facebook this morning and found a post from my brother-in-law, Doug. He started out like this: On my birthday I woke up this morning (yea!) in a reflective mood as I looked in the mirror. (get it?) Seriously … Continue reading

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Best Laid Plans

Robert Burns in his famous poem, “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough” about a farmer plowing through a mouse nest in the field, says in verse 6: But little Mouse, you are not … Continue reading

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