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Remembering Mom

My mom loved wearing necklaces. Several years ago, I realized she’d almost stopped wearing any. She couldn’t work the catches anymore. She had a few long necklaces that she could put on over her head–and double them if she wanted. … Continue reading

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Dogwood Fever

This weekend is right in the middle of Palestine, Texas’ Dogwood Festival, scheduled around the lovely little trees’ top blooming window. When I actually lived in Palestine as a kid, I didn’t especially appreciate the city. I just lived there, … Continue reading

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Happy Black History Month!

My family is white, and during my early childhood, we lived in small towns in Illinois and Missouri where nearly everyone around us was also white. I knew black people existed, although I had never met a “Negro,” as they … Continue reading

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How to Fix Broken Resolutions

New Year’s Day is a perfectly fine and logical occasion for taking a self-inventory and setting some goals—if you have time between shopping the sales. But it’s easy to exaggerate the importance of January 1 as The time to make … Continue reading

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Shattered!

Hi, friends! I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of weeks, getting my mom moved and settled in her new apartment. But now I’m ready to return to my regularly scheduled musings…. See that? It’s our favorite vacation … Continue reading

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Sewing Machine: Tool, or Enemy?

I haven’t had any trouble with my appliances in quite a while. (Click here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.) It’s been so long, in fact, that when Brent asked me to sew circles of Velcro backing onto … Continue reading

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Drought. Flood. Next?

I wondered. Should I even bother to write about Texas’s out-of-control May weather? After all, just about everybody in North America has seen photos and video of cars washed over to the side of freeways, helicopter rescues, whitewater parking lots, … Continue reading

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