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When Life Was Easy

While cleaning out a closet this week, I stumbled on these treasures again. Thought I’d share this post from several years back … 

Tera was cleaning her room not long ago and came downstairs with a bag full of recycling stuff. I almost[...] read more

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Herbed Plantain Crackers (AIP, Paleo)

I’m in my third week of the Auto-immune Protocol diet (AIP) based on the Paleo way of eating. Probably the easiest “diet” I’ve ever been on. Besides having more energy and feeling happy that I’m putting nothing processed[...] read more

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Home Again

A post from several years back, when I had just returned from a quick trip to California. But it could have been describing just about any trip. 
I’m home from a quick trip to San Jose to speak at a Christmas luncheon for “Mothers[...] read more

Gone Fishin’


Apparently, all Oklahomans fish. It’s not optional. Even new, gangly-legged transplants are expected to pole-up and do their part. Shortly after our move from my home state to his, my new step-father decided the seven year-old me needed[...] read more

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Here, Kitty

The skies are gray and the rain has begun, but I can’t say there’s a storm brewing like the one in this post from a few years back. I wish I could! 🙂

Mocha came home two days ago. It’s not that she ever really left, but before I heard[...] read more

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A Life Recorded

Her name was Martha, and she was born eleven years, two months and thirty-eight days before me. She was covered by Farmers Insurance and adhered to a strict regimen of minerals and supplements; her daily dose included 300 mgs of Passionfever[...] read more

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Casting Crowns

A few weeks ago, when Dave was getting ready to take a run to the dump, we tackled a pile of boxes which had been stored in a covered area along with our hay. Spying one dilapidated box, I told Dave, “I think those are the last of Cindy’s[...] read more

Hillbilly Chili

A memory from another August …

So we have our annual Chili Cook-off last Sunday. And just like every year, little paper donkeys hung on the walls of the church office. Honey-combed sombreros and chili peppers dotted the tables. A giant blow-up[...] read more

Roasted Veggies with a Spicy Cashew Cream … and a peek at Tahoe

We are cloistered away in one of our favorite spots in the world: Lake Tahoe. Back home, family is keeping an eye on the house, the dogs, the garden, the lawn … but here, we barely glance at the clock. Our biggest challenge of the day is trying[...] read more

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On Faith and Tumbling

It took a lot of faith to get in that car twenty-nine years ago, and drive seven hours to a town I’d never been to, with a boy I hadn’t known a year. It took all the faith I had to stand and face him, and take his hands, and promise before[...] read more

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Welcome Home, Sailor!

Recently, our church’s women’s ministry had an opportunity to join Shawn and Becky Schrader’s Military Ministry in making quilts for all the babies born while their fathers were deployed[...] read more

An Absence the Size of You

Some losses are, to borrow a phrase from my grandfather, "no bigger than a minute." These small absences are insignificant in the scheme of things, and easy to measure. You work your tongue up into the gap in your mouth and probe the space your tooth once occupied. You plunge your hand into the pocket where your wallet should be. In those "no bigger than a minute" cases, the loss is really no larger than the space it inhabited.

But when the loss is the size and shape of love, it defies measurement ...

No-Bake Mountain Bars … and a Dream

I had a dream last night … and it was a doozy.

I was in a foreign land, or so I thought, until I realized it was Brooklyn. Dave was there with me, and someone asked him to do a Catholic funeral at a place that was supposed to be a large church,[...] read more

Cinnamon Browned-Butter Pull-Apart Loaf

Did you hear that big noise yesterday morning? That was the explosion in my kitchen. I don’t know what got into me, but I went into a cooking/baking frenzy pretty much the moment my feet hit the floor. Let’s not question it. Let’s[...] read more

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Herbed Plantain Crackers (AIP, Paleo)

I’m in my third week of the Auto-immune Protocol diet (AIP) based on the Paleo way of eating. Probably the easiest “diet” I’ve ever been on. Besides having more energy and feeling happy that I’m putting nothing processed[...] read more

Charlie ~ Part 1

My work-in-progress has me back in 1968 right now. All my reading and writing about hippies prompted a favorite memory …

When I looked in the side-view mirror of our Chevy Luv pick-up and saw the man walking toward us, I thought perhaps Charles[...] read more

Banana Bread and Roses

Nice combo, don’t you think? Banana bread and roses … really, twelve of the most beautiful roses I’ve seen in forever. Tera brought them home from school. They were presented to her at an assembly when she was brought forward and[...] read more

Taco Cups

I am happy to report that Dave does not have to give up his weekly taco fix. You were worried for him, right?

I was playing around with wonton wrappers the other day (don’t give me that look … you know we all do it) and I came up with a[...] read more

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