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Snake in the Grass June 26, 2020

It was during regular business hours and I was on the phone with someone of some rank, even though it was someone I knew well, and we were discussing Important Business that Mattered.  My son flew into my room without knocking and yelled, “There’s a giant snake in the yard.” My son, mind you, is…

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The Power of Shoes June 12, 2020

If you were to run into me on the street, or in the grocery store, or any of the places it is possible to run into me when we are not in a pandemic and I refuse to leave my house, one of the last things you would think is, “Dang, gurl, you are one…

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Chickens Always Come Home to Roost May 29, 2020

They say that chickens always come home to roost.  Now that the Duff family has chickens, I’ve found this to be literally true.  In fact, one day, the coop door blew shut. When dusk came the chickens[1] went to put themselves to bed and could not get in the coop. Granted, chickens are painfully stupid. …

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Book Review — Maisha and the Rainbow Tree May 22, 2020

“Maisha and the Rainbow Tree” by Jeffrey Blander and the “Save Our Tree Team” is a children’s book about resilience, hope, and hard work.  It was inspired by Blander’s real life 7-year old daughter, Rosie, along with her friends, who started a protest when they discovered that a beloved tree in her neighborhood was going…

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For the Love of Trefoils May 15, 2020

For years, my daughter sold Girl Scout cookies.  That wasn’t the only reason she was a Girl Scout, but it may have been the only reason I encouraged her to be a Girl Scout.  I needed my in-house hook up. Y’all, Girl Scout cookies are GOOD.  And maybe they teach girls about marketing and entrepreneurship…

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Book Review — Carrie’s Quest May 10, 2020

“Carrie’s Quest,” by Pam Sievers is a romance novel, sure, but not your typical impossibly-beautiful-twenty-something-woman meets impossibly-handsome-twenty-something-man with both of them making bad decisions based on misunderstandings along the way romance.  It doesn’t rely on heat or lust or sexual chemistry to get you through the day.  It is a grown-up romance novel. Carrie is…

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The Quilt of Kindness May 1, 2020

Colleen and Violet were my Angels.  Not the scary fire-and-brimstone kind, but the guardian kind who bring goodness and light and help and possibly a nice snack. My mother was in in-home hospice at the end of a long journey with lung cancer.  (I hate cigarettes.  I mean, I really hate cigarettes.  Not smokers, mind…

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Bast-Et Is All of Us April 18, 2020

My friend sent me, via text message, this picture of her mother’s cat: Something about this cat picture, sent to me two weeks into house arrest via coronapocalypse, spoke to a place deep inside me.  I felt this cat.  This cat knew something important about the universe. I wanted this cat to replace the bald…

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