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Safia’s Story

A single drop of rain raced along the broad surface of the spade-shaped leaf that stretched out in front of my hiding place. It followed the intricate pattern made by the indentations from many snaking veins until it finally found … Continue reading

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“If you listen to your fears you will die never knowing how great you might have been.” ~Robert Schuller     “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy Like this:Like Loading…

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The Great Ball of Fire

It was a dark and stormy night as Kenny, Shirley, Tom, Bill, Diane, and two of the neighbor kids holed up in the shelter of the small green cottage on the shores of Otter Lake. The wind howled, the rain … Continue reading

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Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, But no one thinks of changing himself.” “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. … Continue reading

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Affirmation

Definition: (n) a positive declaration Author Commentary: I believe in affirmations, whether used in prayer, lists of positive statements, or simply continuous positive thoughts, they work. Like this:Like Loading…

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Blueberries and Beyond

Rough wood slides across my palm and then swings back, disturbing the early morning solitude with a bang like cannon fire as I step out into a ray of sunshine filtering down through the dewy leaves. My feet rise and … Continue reading

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Impedimenta

Definition: (n) Things hindering progress; encumbrances Author Commentary: I am currently riding my house of impedimenta; the things, the baggage, the encumbrances that weigh me down simply by their presence and it is mentally cathartic. Like this:Like Loading…

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Apiculture

Definition: The raising and care of bees. Author Commentary: Not only is this a new word in my vocabulary, it is a new experience in my life. My husband and I have recently started our own apiary! Like this:Like Loading…

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Untamed

Cheeks flushed by bright sunlight
Pulsing in a turquoise sky,
And the constant caress
Of vanilla-scented wind.
Clouds of red-clay dust
Collect around my feet,
Lungs strain for oxygen Continue reading

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Canoeing

One of our absolute favorite whole-family activities was canoeing around Otter Lake. I seem to remember all four of us piling into the long silver canoe every day, or at least every day that the weather permitted. Dad always sat … Continue reading

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