Bunny Mamas

I was headed home after golf when my friend Bubba stopped me to say hello. Bubba, as his name would suggest, is one of the most gregarious men I know. He could have a funny or heartfelt conversation with a total stranger at a funeral home. His humor and kindness stretch that far. “How are the boys?” he asks. “Oh they’re fine.  Finishing up second semester,” I say with a sigh. “Was it a tough one?” “Oh yeah.” “What you’ve done with those boys is amazing Kären.” “I don’t know […]

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I Feel Pretty

I found my dress. Four words every woman, on the planet, understands the significance of.  Between formals, galas, weddings, and cocktail parties it’s the equivalent of searching for gold. In your head you know what it looks like, but you can’t describe it until you’ve found it and then Eureka! Dress perfection you know is going to rock your fashion world.  This, dare I say, is a universal experience for women the origins of which would take too many pages to describe. Fairy tales with princess stories probably have something […]

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Do You Want to Be Well?

It’s become a mantra between us and when my oldest came home from working out at the crack of dawn I knew before I said it what his response would be.  Still, I went ahead and gave him his props. “Good for you for working-out before class bud.” “Well you know, you got to do what you got to do,” he said.                                                                     I laughed, like I always do, at his now standard response to a motherly dose of affirmation. I was standing in the kitchen staring at the shot […]

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Aisle 3

It was the morning after and with only about an hour’s sleep I needed espresso.  I stopped at the supermarket to get a Starbucks before heading to my Mom’s.  I looked like a shell of myself.  When I was ordering someone brushed past me in the line.  It was a slim man with a baseball cap and for a minute I thought it was my brother.  It would be just like him to give me a shoulder check when he walked by. I did a double take and watched him […]

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Rigged

Every year the winner’s of the Palisade Peach Festival’s baking competition have their recipes published in the local paper and every year I say I should enter.  It would be fun I tell myself and yet I’ve never followed through until this year. The adventure started when my book club chose a novel called, “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”.  The online description didn’t enthuse me at all, but out of loyalty to the club I went to Barnes and Noble to at least flip through it. When I found the […]

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Mama’s Girl

  Monday, I found myself standing in the garage staring at the refrigerator wondering what I wanted out of it.  I opened the door and stared at the contents and nothing jumped out.  Butter, eggs, or more milk which one?  It certainly couldn’t be the white wine it was only nine in the morning.  I don’t even like white wine so I’m not sure why it’s in there? In the thirty steps between my kitchen and the garage fridge I’d completely forgotten what I was headed to get.  After what […]

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Valued

  I had some time to kill downtown so I went to Enstrom’s to have some tea and watch the toffee being made.  When I reached in my wallet to pay I was a penny short.  This is when I noticed the gal behind the counter’s name—Karin.  I’ve seen her countless times before but never caught the nametag. “Oh don’t worry about the penny.  I’ve got some right here,” Karin said reaching into a spare penny cup she’d tucked away behind the register. “Thank you.  It’s ironic for me to […]

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Burritos

We were driving to a meeting with his job coach when Chase asked, “Mom you don’t have a $12,000 coat do you?” I laughed. “No, I don’t have a $12,000 anything.” “Well did you hear about Hillary Clinton’s coat?” “I saw something on Facebook about it.” “Can you believe that?”  “Yeah I can.  Designer clothes are expensive but to be fair men in the presidential race spend a lot of money on their clothes too.” “Not Bernie Sanders.”  He had me laughing. “Probably not.” “I’ll be glad when the election […]

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Side-Hugs

I was dreading it. As April came to a close I didn’t want to turn the calendar thinking if life could just idle the engine of time would stall out.  The greeting card displays all over town told me that wasn’t likely.  The melting snow on the Grand Mesa confirmed it.  Mother’s Day was going to happen. The Friday beforehand it was finally time to acknowledge it so I stopped at the store to buy some flowers for my Mom. I chose a small arrangement in a green mason jar.  […]

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Leaf Golf

Coming from my car I could see him at the practice green chipping the ball from the rough. I’d never seen my brother golf before and it was obvious he had some skills.  This wasn’t a complete surprise.  Craig was passionate about golf but after having recently spent ten days in the ICU I thought he might struggle a little. He wasn’t in the best of health. Diabetes and a long struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle had taken its toll on his body but not hurt his game.  One […]

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