There is nothing more aggravating than waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of water dripping. It is enough to make me get up, and if necessary, head out to the shop in my tennis shoes and bathrobe just to get tools to repair it. Just to get a good night’s …
At the start of cold weather, I get in the kitchen and make one pot of soup. A good soup or stew takes time to put together then allow to simmer most of the day. I cut, I chop, I throw in some seasonings, and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the wonderful …
  As I was making pancakes for breakfast this weekend, I realized that I was scoring myself on a subconscious grading scale: Preparing a meal from scratch – Check. Using homegrown products: Eggs – check Vanilla – check Buttermilk – check It thrilled me to no end that, out of eight ingredients, I managed to …
According to Dictionary.com, an Enabler is: 1) a person or thing that makes something possible; 2) a person who encourages or enables negative or self-destructive behavior in another. In today’s ‘politically correct’ society, being an Enabler has a very negative connotation, and to be branded one is either met with vehement denial or embarrassment. The …
“A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.” – Eric Sloane As I read this quote, …
Everyone has potential. By not recognizing it – by not living up to it, we chip away at it, piece by piece. The more we chip, the harder it gets to restore it. We can still realize it, but it takes longer and is harder to reconstruct. Not all potential is alike. I may have …
I was nervous when the automatic doors first opened. I stood there, like an idiot, just listening. I heard piped in music. I heard the cheerful woman at the checkout talking with a customer. I heard the squeaky wheels of a buggy (yep. Here in the south those things are called ‘buggies’, not ‘shopping carts’). …
Sometimes, being kind can backfire on you. Not that that will ever stop me from being kind, but… A friend of mine recently asked me if I could incubate some eggs for her. Since I was finished with the incubator, I was happy to help. So she brought over around 30 eggs, and I marked …
Things I have learned during my forced Sabbatical: 1) If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans… Have you heard a lot of rumbling lately, that seems to be coming somewhere from the South? Well, it is actually located directly over, on and around a small place in northwest Louisiana called ‘Paradise …
  A hard won, well deserved sabbatical can be a good thing.  It’s more or less planned for and you can relax, enjoy and rejuvenate a tired body and a weary soul.  A forced sabbatical, on the other hand – well, not so much.  And of course, mine was not only forced, but shall we …
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