April Showers bring May Flowers

"A TIME FOR DANCING" – It can make the body sore and the soul soar.   Hiding behind my mother's chair was my favorite place to take dance lessons.  My five-year-old brain thought that rather than being a small spectacle on the dance floor, no one could see me doing my pliĆ©s behind a folding metal chair.  It was…

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Lessons from the Garden “Sweet Peas and Sweet Peace”

Many parts of the world are still gripped with frozen weather, while other areas are on the fringes of spring time.  Here in our little corner of the world, spring has sprung and it's time to plant a garden.  The most unlikely candidates for delicate blossoms on the harsh desert landscape are in full bloom.  Their beauty is surrounded…

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If it ever gets to the point that we have only one bite of food left to eat…

A generation or two ago, kids played real games with real kids, unaided by electronic distractions. We loved playing an old German game called "The Farmer in the Dell," a musical chanting game played out in a circle of friends. One verse announces, "The cheese stands alone." The verses (some made up on the spot) that included two or…

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New Year’s Resolutions

MOVE and SHAKE Where are you on the Richter Scale of Life? A major earthquake fault line lurked beneath the lovely spot we landed on to celebrate Christmas.  It reminded us that lives can change instantly so we should record on today's gift of life that which is most treasured.  Jolts in our lives seem to rattle loose our…

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Star Wars and Christmas

Away from the Dark Side It's Christmas time and everywhere you look is a reminder that the greatest event of the season is a continuation of the Star Wars saga. Outdoing the displays of the Nativity, are the displays of the "must have" merchandise of the anticipated film. "What do you want for Christmas?", was inquired of the young parents….

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Worth Saluting

Rushing into the market, my eyes dashed around the unfamiliar layout of a neighborhood grocery store. Suddenly, as I turned the corner of the frozen section, wobbling directly toward me, came an elderly gentleman with slumped shoulders wearing a cap embellished with the "scrambled eggs" design of military distinction. Snapping to attention, I saluted him and said loud enough…

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Eyeballs and Fried Brains

From Nani's Notes:  "Nothing gives you a better day on Halloween than a good hair day.  Make sure you use a lot of 'scare-spray.'"  The fear factor of Halloween was not normally my forte.  Ghouls, goblins, bats, black cats and bloody scary stuff never appealed to me.  When I was about 12 years-old, I broke my tailbone tripping over…

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