Category Archives: Family Vaules

Assuming I Care

Today’s writing prompt is, “What do people incorrectly assume about you?” The title of this piece clearly states my first reaction to the question. And, while the title is a bit tongue in cheek, there is some truth in it. … Continue reading

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The Little Engine That Could

As I wrote in Of Comfort Zones and Old Friends, my childhood was not what one would call memorable in an uplifting sense. Compared to many of my friends and family, I have few actual memories of my early childhood. … Continue reading

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Standoff on the Cul-de-sac

T’was the day after Christmas, and all along the street, The kids were exhausted and most still asleep. The parents were quietly savoring the peace. Little did they know that in the next yard, Two locals in a standoff were … Continue reading

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Between Clutter and Beauty

A writing “prompt” in an online writing course challenged interested parties “to run outside and take a picture of the first thing they saw.” Then we were to run back inside and take a picture of the second thing we … Continue reading

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Of Heroes and Unicorns

How would you respond if someone asked, “Who is your hero?” When the question was posed to me, my first thought was, I don’t have one. Then my analyzer side kicked in, and I wondered why that was the case. … Continue reading

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Going Home Again…Worth the trip?

You’ve likely heard someone say, “You can’t go home again.” If you haven’t, you can find it in everything from country songs to a book by a famous author. In fact, an internet search found more than 4 million hits … Continue reading

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Free As A Bird

The first known use of the saying, “free as a bird,” was early in the 17th century, not 1967, when the Beatles popularized it in song. Yet, it has likely been one of those little bits of life humans longed … Continue reading

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Of Respect and Decorum

Believe it or not, some folks will read the title of this, scratch their head, and think, “Huh?” Their first problem will be the terms themselves. Oh, some may have an idea about respect, if they are old enough to … Continue reading

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Of Christmas Just Past

‘Twas the day after Christmas, and in towns all about,
Suspenders were straining, and belts were let out;
Boxes and trash were piled by the street,
Awaiting trash trucks to make their first sweep;
And toys lay scattered throughout the homes,
From puppets to Muppets, to strange little gnomes, Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Christmas

Read this not long ago, and felt the need to share it. As the strangest Christmas, most of us have ever seen rapidly approaches, we need to remember those who, even this year, will be stationed around to world to … Continue reading

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