How To Stay Young

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I didn’t write this but I think it’s worth sharing.  How to Stay Young – Author Unknown* 1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This  includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That  is why you pay ‘them.’ 2. Keep  only cheerful friends. The  grouches pull you down. 3. Keep  learning. Learn more  about the computer, crafts, gardening, … Read More

My Own Mother Nature

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Nature has always been a very important part of my life thanks, in part, to the influence of my own mother. My mother was an artist at heart. She loved to garden, paint and dabble in various forms of arts and crafts. When we were kids, she would take us to a beautiful little patch of woods (The Mount) where … Read More

Orchid from Heaven

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I don’t really remember how my  husband Tom and I got interested in orchids. Gardening was a hobby for both of us before we met.  He was more interested in growing plants for food, and had a large vegetable garden in his backyard. I was interested in birds and butterflies although back then, I knew nothing about host plants and … Read More

Seeking Enlightenment

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I love this and it very much echoes my own religious views. A few weeks ago, I asked people for recommendations for fiction authors. Someone suggested Nevada Barr. I couldn’t really get into any of her fiction books that I tried, but I did check out a book by her called “Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat: A Skeptics Path to … Read More

My Kind (of) America

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Since I love being published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, I am on their email list to receive “Story Call Out” emails. These emails describe the future titles the publishers are working on to give writers the opportunity to submit stories that fit the current themes. The email I received yesterday was titled “My Kind (of) America” and my … Read More

Upcycled wooden cabinet

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I have always loved thrift stores and often buy something with the intention of turning it into something else. This cabinet was originally painted green and the front panels of the doors were solid wood.  I stripped it, stained it, removed the wood panels and made stained glass panels to replace the wood. This is an OLD project. I’m guessing … Read More

Gourd Art

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This is my first attempt at gourd art. I bought dried gourds at a local gourd show and cut the top off and cleaned out the inside. Most of the materials used were items that my husband and I collected from our yard or different places that we traveled. They include: 1) Small grapevine wreath Tom made 2) Leather lacing … Read More

We’re all a part of the sea of humanity

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** I wrote this essay back in 1998 or 1999, but I think its a great reminder of how we can all play a part in whatever happens in our future. ……………………………………… I like to think of each person’s life as one bucket full of the huge sea of humanity. We each have just this one portion to be responsible … Read More

Into the woods, paradise found

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Some of my fondest memories as a child are of the Sunday afternoon walks through the woods that my mother, my sisters and I took when I was growing up in New Jersey. Up north, the woods were different. The trees were tall, full, and varied, and there were actual hills to make the walk more of a challenge and … Read More

Wonders of Nature

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My life was pure bliss. I have always loved nature.  And  my husband, Tom,  and I lived on a beautifully wooded,  two acre piece of property that was just surrounded by it. Barred owls and various species of hawks and other birds were regulars in our trees. Hummingbirds and butterflies filled our gardens. Animals such as turtles and squirrels visited … Read More

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