Dec
01

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
~ J.M. Barrie
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Nov

30

Giving Thanks

Sunday, and our Thanksgiving bread breaking comes to a close. Our holiday opened Wednesday evening with family visiting from afar, shifted into a sleepy Thursday morning complete with couch commentary on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, amped up Friday afternoon for another family gathering, and ended Saturday evening with dinner and a movie. Today, we ship our elder child off to […]

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Nov
29

For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received.
~ Storm Jameson
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Nov
28

Holiday Light

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Nov
27

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.
~ Victor Hugo
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Nov
26

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
~ J.B. Priestley
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Nov

01

These Few Words

Right, then. This was supposed to be a cheerful post about National Novel Writing Month, and how you can do anything you set your mind to, and how, even if your novel isn’t published, you’re better for writing it, because you learn a bit about the one person in the world you spend the most […]

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Sep

07

Of Dragons, Cons & Caribou

It’s Saturday afternoon in downtown Atlanta and I’m riding an escalator into the bowels of a high rise hotel. It may be the Hyatt. May be the Hilton. At this point I’m hopelessly lost and haven’t a clue. Six steps below me stands a band of pirates, complete with cutlasses, flintlocks, bandanas and boots. In […]

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Jul

03

Keep Calm And Dispatch On

If you’re playing along with Chantelle Ellem’s photo-a-day challenge, today’s prompt is: Match. When it comes to finding the right people for the right job, you couldn’t ask for a better match than my colleagues, Julie and Kim. They work together in the engineering department of a not-for-profit utility. Since chemistry can’t be forecast, I’m […]

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Jul

01

Track Record

The young woman running North Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard was tall, tone and slender. She had mahogany skin and matching hair that fell long and straight down her back, swinging like a metronome as she ran the sidewalk between high rises. I pegged her as an ex-volleyball player: graceful, athletic, with short bursts of speed […]

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Jun

01

Still Waters

I’m not terribly keen on posting self-portraits, but today I give you this: Me wearing this year’s Volley for the Cure (cancer fundraiser) t-shirt. I don’t often speak about my cancer dance. But writer Jay Lake did speak of his, eloquently and often. I found comfort and courage in his words on days when I felt […]

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Feb

16

For The Birds

Several friends have been dealing with health issues or loss this month. They’re facing each day with grace and courage. In a single turn, they inspire me and break my heart. In light of that, you’d think I’d have a deeper appreciation of my own blessings. But I still catch myself fretting over small things, […]

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Feb

09

Cold Cask Files

Welcome to Ice Station Zebra. The glaciers have receded from downstate Illinois, but we’ve a chance for snow today, and we’re due to wake up to subzero temps Monday. Our little square of the Midwest makes Sochi look like the tropics. It’s been a winter for the record books. I kept up with my gratitude […]

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Feb

04

Bears in the Night

Today’s FMS photo a day prompt: Childhood. Before Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, or Robert Louis Stevenson, there were bears in the night. They blazed a trail for many a teller of tales who followed them out the window, around the lake, between the rocks, up Spook Hill, and into the […]

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Feb

03

See Shell

Today’s FMS photo a day prompt: Something Orange. Here we see Shell, where Soulsby sold service by the Shell Station store.

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Feb

02

Every Hog Shall Have Its Day

Happy Groundhog Day. Here in the States, on February 2, at select cities around the country, we wake a woodchuck from its long winter nap and ask it to deliver a weather report. Makes sense. As the story goes, if there’s sun enough for the groundhog to see its shadow, it’ll be frightened, tuck back […]

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