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What I Learned from Dumbo

I was five when I first saw and fell in love with a baby elephant with humongous ears (who later found out he could fly).  “Dumbo” was one of my favorite Disney movies, and it is relevant today – Dumbo was made fun of and bullied, yet became a hero because his large...

Back to School

I messed up.  This week when I heard school was ready to start, I was shocked.  “School doesn’t start until after Labor Day,” I thought to myself.  Well, where have I been for the last umpteen gillion years … school has started in August for at least the last quarter...

Battery Recharge

  Practically every job description written contains the phrase, “other duties as assigned.”   Jobs on a farm are no different.  Last week I took our van to the shop for some needed maintenance.  I got in, turned on the ignition, and nothing … deader than a door...

It’s A Dog’s Life

Isn’t it funny how we envision our life when we are young?  I envisioned suburbia, sleek foreign convertible, jet-setting to vacation spots.  In reality I live on a farm, lots of land, sprinkled with cows, geese, and two Great Pyrenees puppies (mini-horses) – Scooter...

Your Real Worth

I was self-conscious when I was little – crooked teeth, “pleasingly plump” (as my mother would say), and had a fat nose (I tried putting a close-pin on my nose while I slept once … then yanked it off in seconds).  Just felt I was never pretty enough, smart enough,...