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Puppy Love

We both said we would never do it again … nope never … not us … too much heartache.   Never again — no more! I’ve had pets, mostly puppies, all my life.  I’ve sat with Prissy, my fox terrier, in the attic of my grandmother’s house as she gave birth to a litter...

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Celebration In Spite of Tragedy

Christmas is a time of merriment and festivities – family, friends, food – gifts galore. Sadly, though, Christmas can be a time when loved ones no longer with us are missed so much. I was reminded about one family this year who will celebrate Christmas after losing 9...

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Heaven On Earth

Shortly after moving to East Texas, hubby and I found a church to attend.  Then our new pastor showed up (young and brings great sermons each week).  We recently began a new sermon series, “Heaven on Earth,” which brought a lot to mind for this Christmas season. The...

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It’s A Wonderful Life

Since I have been knee-high to a grasshopper I have watched Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” every Christmas.  When I married hubby (29 years ago), this movie that made Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed famous became a staple in our household almost every month.  We...

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Getting Ready

We’ve been in a flurry of activity at the farm preparing for winter, for Christmas parties, and for a huge family Christmas.  I’ve had my daily to-do’s written down on my phone and checking each job off the list as they’re completed (and don’t worry, haven’t forgotten...

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The Latest Movement

For the past month, there’s been numerous reports about the “Me-Too” movement.  Not familiar with it?  Women who have been subject to past inappropriate sexual behavior, harassment, and possibly crimes come forward to bring these misdeeds into the light.  First one...

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If Only

Hubby and I were cruising down the highway singing oldies but goodies tunes to our hearts’ content, when suddenly hubby said, “When I was in my hey day I thought if only I had $100,000 I’d have it made in the shade.”  I told him I thought the same thing (only I wanted...

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When You Can’t Find Justice

Unless you have been living under a rock or on another planet, you have probably heard of the verdict announced in the Kate Steinle murder case.  Kate was the young woman shot and killed in 2015 on a San Francisco pier, dying in the arms of her father.  The acquittal...

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Herd Mentality

I never observed many animals before moving to the farm – just the usual dog and cat pets.  Nowadays I watch my  four-legged “pets” everyday and what I’ve observed in them is close to what I see in people — herd mentality. Herd mentality is defined as the...

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A History of Thanks

Everything I learned about America’s Thanksgiving holiday came from stories of the the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock.  Scenes of pilgrims with their black frocks, buckled shoes, and white collars breaking bread with their Indian neighbors left an indelible...

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Respect, Not Judgment

We were in Dallas recently for my husband’s sixth (and hopefully, last) surgery.  For two days I was his private duty nurse in the hospital as the medical staff took care of the scientific stuff.  This gave my husband and I an opportunity to get to know the nursing...

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Thoughts and Prayers

This has been a year of change, some hardship, lots of medical needs, and plenty of stress.  It started with surgeries (husband has had six surgeries in a year), my on-the-job training of nursing, then transitioning away from my home since 1951, topped off with a big...

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Power of One

Can one person make a difference?  Absolutely!  I’m a firm believer in the power of one to affect change in a person’s life … to start a movement … or support the passage of legislation for the betterment of all.  In this day and age we hear a lot about someone...

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I’m No Hero

That’s what Stephen Williford said repeatedly after he and another member of the Sutherland Springs, Texas community intervened to stop an attacker after brutally killing 26 members of the First Baptist Church.  But Stephen, visibly shaken as he spoke to police after...

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