Grace Upon Grace

We were sitting at the table eating the dinner my sweetie had put together when a tidal wave of emotion came over me.  I had to put my head down to steady myself.  I suddenly felt completely defeated.  The author Bruce Cameron said, “When you adopt a dog, you have a lot of very good days and one very bad day.”  This was that day for our family.  A few hours earlier I’d had to take our beloved Buddy to be euthanized.  Desperate to do something, other than cry, I

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Not Today

Watering the birds is the most spiritual thing I do in a day.  More than reading my Bible, prayer, or even going to church—it’s the birds.  Let me explain. It started eleven years ago when I put a feeder up.  I’ve always loved watching birds come and go in my yard and I thought it would be fun to attract more.  Before I knew it, I had a punch card at the feed store. For about five years I did this until the small birds at my feeder started getting

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Fight for Your Right

Back in March when it started to look like there might be a shortage of the medication I take for my lupus my doctor wrote me a 90-day scrip.  Typically, he just fills for 30 days because this isn’t a harmless medicine.  Taking it requires lots of monitoring.  This is why two months later I was surprised when I got a text message from the pharmacy saying my refill was ready.  I didn’t need more but by this time there was a shortage so I went to pick it up. 

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Sitting Duck

Penny returned a few weeks ago.  At the time I assumed she was just grazing in the yard not nesting.  After having our elm trees removed, I didn’t think she had the perfect spot anymore. Clever mama she is she found one though in the Pompei grass.  I stumbled upon it blowing out leaves in a big Spring clean-up effort.  From that day on I’ve kept watch for when she’d start “sitting” on her eggs.  Nature it seems is very predictable and like her previous clutches she laid 12-13 eggs

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Painfully Aware

We were on our way to Utah for a lady’s golf adventure.  Golf road trips are something I never pictured in my lifetime but heading into my fourth season I have to admit I love them.  About four hours into the drive one of my friends commented on the fact that April was just a few days away.  Immediately my mind shifted to my love-hate relationship with April.  I love Spring—the ducks return to my yard, the robins start building their nests, and best of all the days are longer. 

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The No Lady

“Have a minute?” the manager asked. I was just leaving the grocery store when he stopped me. “What’s up?” “I discovered we have a mutual friend.” “Who’s that?” “My daughter Dee.” He could see the puzzled look on my face.  “She goes to Prom.” I had to think for a minute.  “Oh yeah I know who she is.” “She’s getting excited about it.” “Me too.”  “I just wanted to tell you how much it means to her.  It’s the highlight of her year.”   “Thank you, your timing is perfect,”

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NOW

“When do you leave?” I asked my young friend Donovan, a barista by day and performer by night. “Hopefully soon. My roommate has to find a job before we can leave. It’s hard because I feel like my life is on hold.” “Yeah I know that’s tough,” I said. With the relationship we have I knew he’d welcome some advice. “What I’ve found helps in this kind of situation is actively waiting. So, you know you’re going to be moving, which is a huge effort, but just because you don’t

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