No Way Out

July 15, 2024 by  
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The scene is familiar, clichéd. The villain’s footsteps ring in the hall outside the castle’s library door. The heroine frantically scans the library’s musty interior for a back door exit. Nothing.  The windows are narrow and barred.  She’s moments away from the dark terror of the villain’s intents.  She backs toward the far wall as the footfalls cease and the latch on the door begins to move.  She collapses against the bookcase behind her…and it moves, swinging smoothly on a massive hinge, offering her a secret passageway to safety.

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The Man in the Mirror

July 4, 2024 by  
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With the recent death of Michael Jackson there has been a resurgence of his music on the radio, downloaded on iTunes and yes, even playing on MTV. It’s been total MJ madness!  In my lifetime, I can’t remember such media frenzy take over the world—ever.

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Carwash

June 22, 2024 by  
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My car had been dirty for so long that when it was washed, waxed, and vacuumed this weekend, it seemed like a new car.  I can't believe I rode around all this time in such a filthy car.  It didn't start out that dirty, but gradually became so over time, beginning with a thin layer of dust that I ignored.  Guess I had become so comfortable in my mess I didn't “see” the dirt anymore.

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The Blame Game

June 11, 2024 by  
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If you had siblings when you were growing up, then you probably know quite a lot about the blame game. Being the oldest of three kids, I must say that there was plenty of blame passed around at my house during the 1970s. Since that time my brother will tell you that most of the time when my sister got in trouble it was because of something I had thought of doing, he had done and she had gotten blamed for. Sadly, that is probably pretty close to the truth.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

May 29, 2024 by  
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Every Spring I feel the gentle call from my flower beds. They want my company. The underworked winter soil, hardened by the harshness of winter, gently gives way to the shovel and hoe as I work the soil. My trip to the neighborhood garden nursery is strategically planned and I enjoy browsing different varieties of plants. My traditional roots usually keep me grounded and I customarily pick reliable, heat resistant perennials to occupy my garden beds. As you can imagine, within weeks the lovely vibrant colors of pinks and purples collide against the evergreen shrubs and make for a gorgeous rainbow of color.

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