Sticks and Stones

When I set the penny I’d found earlier in the day on my calendar I noticed that March 9th was Barbie’s birthday.  I had no idea! You’d think a California girl who lived in the shadow of Mattel’s headquarters would know this.  I should keep better track especially since I’ve been referred to as a Barbie more than once. Whether you grew up in Barb’s backyard or not almost every woman my age will confess to owning one of these world famous dolls.  Like boys and action figures girls and […]

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Stereotypes Drive Me Nuts

Yesterday driving was driving me nuts!  It started when I took Chase to school hands gripped to the wheel while oil field workers barreled down the highway to their jobs.  Mornings on I-70 in Western Colorado are like a NASCAR race with trucks.  Roughnecks weave in and out of traffic in a desperate attempt to punch the clock on time. A few hours later coming home from the doctor I must have been going too slowly in my neighborhood because a lady pulled right up on my bumper and honked […]

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Brotherly Love

I was counting my pennies Friday afternoon when a sound from my childhood echoed throughout the house. It was the “thwack” of plastic hitting a dead end. In flashback I saw the 70’s inspired paisley plate sitting in front of me covered with spaghetti. I didn’t know Melamine could pack such a mean punch. When it left my hand and sailed across the room it was like a party popper chock full of noodles that exploded on impact. Had my aim had been better the plate would have hit my […]

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I’m Well, Thank You!

I dragged myself to church Sunday morning like a bag lady pulling a wagon of worry. It had taken me a long time to get going when I woke up. I was stiff and sore after a bad fall skiing the day before. Moving like lava wasn’t the pace I’d wanted on a day when I needed a jump start. I was cold and discovered the brand new furnace wasn’t working. A hot shower for your aching body is only a temporary comfort when you can’t get your house warm. […]

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“Help” – My Four Letter Word

After thirty minutes of waiting for the tow truck I decided it was time for an inventory of all the things I had to be thankful for.  The first was that I hadn’t had an accident.  You would have thought I had. My neck was stiff from battling with the car. The problem I was having happened once before.  I’d managed to get the car going then, but not this time.  The second was that it wasn’t dark like the first incident.  The third – it wasn’t snowing.  Snow would […]

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Kudos Mr. & Mrs. Tebow

Friday one of my blog readers issued a challenge to me to write about Tebowmania.  It came right before helping Luke get out the door for a tournament he was competing in out of town.  With his bags packed I got teary eyed at how grown up he’s become.  I remember when he was as tall as his racket bag and now he travels easily with two.  As he turned back to say, “Love you Mom,” I responded with my usual, “Love you too Bud,” but added, “Remember you can […]

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Buzz

When you’re dressed like a storm trooper it’s hard to bend down and pick-up a penny.  You really don’t want to either with the boots because you can easily find yourself tangled up in a mess on the floor.  Then there’s all the gear you have in hand – goggles, gloves, and gators.  The 3G network required for skiing.  If only you had the powers of Jedi you could telekinetically put the penny in your pocket but since I can only handle a single black diamond run it’s safe to […]

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Falling Behind Just in Time

Christmas morning when I crept downstairs to start breakfast before everyone woke up I realized we were out of milk. I couldn’t believe I’d missed this detail after more than one trip to the market the day before. I flew to the store hoping to return before anyone discovered I was missing. I grabbed the milk and, thinking my speediness had left me time to spare, I ordered a latte at Starbuck’s – only to discover the guy in front of me had ordered six drinks! My best efforts to […]

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Really?

I’m calling it my gingerbread penny because while reaching across the counter to pay for my latte at Starbucks I spotted it in a basket of gingerbread macadamia nut biscotti.  Yum! I was actually doing my best to ignore the basket because Christmas plus coffee equals craving for something sweet and I love this annual treat the mermaid emblazoned elves roll out.  Where I have a great deal of will power when it comes to other treats a late afternoon stop under the green siren of sea sign means I’m […]

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Michael- Our Very Own Archangel

There’s a penny that sat for months just inside my neighbor Kelly’s front door.  I don’t think it was there before her son Michael died.  I wondered many times when I would visit if it was his but I never asked.  It screamed at me from the foyer table “Pick me up!” but I knew better.  It wasn’t my penny to take.  When I told Kelly I liked her penny she gave me one of her sweet smiles and said, “Me too.”  She knew I understood it held some significance […]

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