Life

Life fully floated

The sun radiated high above, spreading its rays to the white, hot sand and the sparkling, clear blue water. We were on an island. It was kind of a deserted island, but not the we-will-never-see-land-again type island, just an island in the sound. My family had travelled to Ft Walton Beach, FL to spend some …

Life

A hurt and dying world

My heart is heavy for a friend. Her beautiful, four-month-old daughter died unexpectedly in her sleep. I grieve for her. I pray for her. I know the journey ahead of her will be filled with hard and long, inconceivable days. As humans, I think most of us in situations such as this find ourselves wanting …

Life

Smiles, Sunshine and the Braided Hair Lady

We have a great playground in our town. It is one of those rambling wooden types that when you stand back looks like a castle. It won’t be long before some committee, somewhere, deems it too old or unsafe and it is torn down for a more modern look. But for now, it is full …

Contests

Calling all chocolate lovers! A contest!

When my friend Linda was visiting over Valentine’s Day she received a gift from her husband. Valentine’s morning the doorbell rang and there stood the delivery man. He quickly placed a beautiful bouquet of flowers in a pretty vase and a heart-shaped box of candy on the center of our dining room table. (As an …

Life

I will have a side of oranges with my anxiety, please

A lot of life circumstances can seem overwhelming sometimes. Illness, job security, physical moves, day-to-day responsibilities and I am sure we can all fill in our own blanks. I have found myself struggling with a bit of anxiety lately. I seem to muddle through fine and then, ahem, a certain hormonal time of month will …

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Hi Ho Silver Nitrate Away!

Upon Lydia hearing she had an appointment with Dr Little, she quickly prepared for her day. You see, she has a full-fledge crush on her surgeon. At the mere mention of his name, her entire demeanor changes. Her head tilts to the side one way as she brings both hands together in front of her, …

Life

How do YOU get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

One of my favorite childhood commercials in the 1970s was the Tootsie Roll Pop.  I liked the one where the little boy asked both Mr. Turtle and Mr. Owl, “How many licks does it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?” As far as I can tell, these catchy Tootsie Roll Pop commercials date back to the …

Life

Guess who is coming for cake…( Part Two)

The moment my body slid across the hard ground bulging with the tree’s exposed roots, I remembered I was pregnant. My hand reached down to cradle my sweet girl growing inside my now very bruised and contraction-riddled belly. I hopped up, adrenaline coursing through my body and my brain racing a mile a minute. All …