Rescue 9-1-1

I finally was going to learn how to surf! Pacific Beach, California, my friend Esmeralda and I took her boards down the cliff to the ocean, stopping in the sand just a few yards from the water. Surf board, check. Wax, check. Cool surf shirt, check. We were ready to go!

After five lengthy minutes of instruction, Esmeralda ...
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Signed, Sealed & Delivered

I have a particular affinity for seals that started young. Growing up in Montana there’s not much to do once you finish plowing the fields, so you put food in cans-canning (actually, you use mason jars and cans aren’t involved at all—go figure). At age five, I learned that in canning, if you failed to seal the jar ...
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Ode to Life

Ode to Life!
Exultation and Joy
Hearts meditation and spirit celebration
Of all that was and is and is to come!

Sunlight mottled shadows on brick paved streets
Newborn kittens peeking from satchels
Incessant mewing, indignant souls
Crinkling bags in cafes,
With warm baked bread and conversation
Legs walking,
Children running
Laughter mixed with breezes blowing
This is ...
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If I Could for 2010 and Beyond

If I could whisper strength into your soul and life into your spirit so it could dance and you would feel alive again, I would. I’d stir the dreams you set aside and blow off the dust of forgotten yearnings. You would again think “what if” and “why not” and a smile would start inside that would play ...
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Unexpected Soul Connection

I met him at Orange Cycle, a bustling bike shop in College Park, and instantly liked him. I was shopping for gifts for my husband’s 40th birthday; he was a sales associate, inquiring, helpful and unexpectedly fun. I usually like to be left alone when shopping, especially adverse to sales people. But he felt more like a ...
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Wisdom From A Walk in the Woods

It’s uncanny how a walk in the woods—the real woods, off road, without a path cut for you—can spark moments of insight and life truths, unexpected, unplanned, simple, real. The lessons are there for any and all who fellowship with the wilderness but were especially noted this day as a parent of our nine year old daughter. Caught ...
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