Acorns and Oaks

For more than a year, even prior to Covid and all that ensued as a result, I’ve worked from home. My preferred spot for work is the table near the window in our front room. It's a huge arched window, like something out of a church in France. For years I had an office with …

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Searching for a Thing Called Joy

This Spring we took our kids home to North Carolina to see family and friends while they were on break from school. We passed into the Smoky mountains of Tennessee/NC Border just as dawn began to break through the dark. Even now as I write it, I’m transported back to that moment and to the …

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It’ll Cost Ya, but It’s Worth It

My daughter and her best friend on a hike a few years ago. They live hundreds of miles apart, but have stayed close As my friend and I munched on warm chips and hot queso I was struck by the thought, “I wish we’d done this more often.”  Yet, like so many times in life …

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(Street) Light and Shadow

The view out our front window during the Snowpocalypse of '21 Just as Covid swept in and locked us all down in March of 2020, my oldest daughter and I started a new routine:  going for a run 3 days a week.  We’ve kept up with it through Spring, Summer, Fall and most of Winter …

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Face to Face

Everyone faced a nearly innumerable amount of challenges in 2020, most of which have carried into 2021, and most due in no small part to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The one which is bemoaned almost universally  (I say almost because my brother has actually enjoyed this part) is the disappearance of face-to-face interaction.  For …

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Lord, Have Mercy

“What did you just say?” My friend looked at me from the passenger seat, leaning forward for emphasis, as he asked the question again: “WHAT did you just say?” We were riding together and I was driving in my then-typical road-rage-at-all-times manner. When a driver in front of me failed to go as fast as …

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