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December 9, 2019

Have you noticed that sunsets never last long enough? The sun sighs, changes, fades, then it’s gone.

It’s December 5th. I’m headed out the door to get a haircut at an odd time. My hairdresser added me to the end of her day. I step off the porch and note the sunset.


November 5, 2018

It happens every October, but has it ever been more breathtaking than this year? Showy leaves, an extravaganza. It makes me feel quick and bouncy, like I did as a child.

I wake up and widen my eyes to see the spectacular.

So many colors. The dogwoods and hickories flaunt...

October 29, 2018

Sweater weather.

Friday afternoon: I arrive at the Mennonite Fellowship Building located behind the church, beside the creek. Laughter. I turn my head. Women are fitting the corners of a puzzle together with other pieces. This jigsaw puzzle has no chance of lasting the...

June 25, 2018

I look across the hayfield and see nothing but Queen Anne’s Lace, a field of wildflowers. Something is wrong here.

Instead of hay, we have white wildness.

It’s as if the flowers took the field by squatters’ rights.

I see some whiteness every year, but not here and certain...

January 29, 2018

Calico Rock, Arkansas. I’m here for my quarterly check-up.

It’s a hard thing. It’s a brave thing. A nurse will poke me with a needle.

I’m not good with needles.

It’s what I must do to keep up with cholesterol and blood pressure.

I look around. Sweats, jeans, and jump suits...

June 5, 2017

If we only knew the load each person bears, we’d likely become more loving, giving, caring.

I wonder if God is bringing more and more needy people my way or if I am growing more sensitive. Some are strangers, some not. What do I do with all this?

They seem outside the ga...

April 10, 2017

The dogwoods are blooming. I am returning home this morning from a poetry retreat. A son lives in a town between the retreat site and home. I call him, thinking we might have lunch together. He says, “Haven [my grandgirl] is in the Special Olympics today. Why don’t you...

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