Monthly Archives: July 2020

Feeling Down? Try Something New!

Dear Reader: My love of reading grew out of my uncertain childhood following my father’s death and my mother’s hand amputation… due to bone cancer. I just remember always hearing adults talk softly around my brothers and me if mother’s … Continue reading

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Splitting One’s Time Between Sleeping and Waking

  Dear Reader: Recently…I was skimming through a short biographical “info” page (on an author) located at the back of the book. It was telling about the author’s hobbies and interests. Then, suddenly, it ended with this observation: “She divides … Continue reading

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Tales and Adventures of Morning Glories and Honeysuckle

Dear Reader: This is the first year I didn’t have two big barrels of morning glories…already climbing fence trellis… that I would buy each spring at Ace Hardware. (But then no one expected COVID either…and not being able to go … Continue reading

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“Petal It Forward”

Dear Reader: I decided today that I would do a “mini”  “Petal it Forward” by giving my newest neighbor Mary…some fresh flowers from the garden. She has been working so hard in her yard, she has added on a back … Continue reading

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The Secret of a Fulfilled Life…Friendship

Dear Reader: An article I was skimming recently contained a fascinating Harvard study that lasted eight decades..until the participants were well into old age… It tracked 200 men for 80 years and, based on their findings, concluded  that what matters … Continue reading

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World Emoji Day….Smile, Frown, Laugh, Cry…

Dear Reader: Yesterday I was watching a cooking show and the instructors announced that it was World Emoji Day…(Actually the show must have been taped early and then shown early because World Emoji Day is tomorrow…Friday, July 17!) However, since … Continue reading

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The Nostalgic Scent of Freshly Cut Grass

Dear Reader: Aren’t there just some scents that linger from our childhoods into our present-day lives… bringing such pleasurable memories with them? One of the saddest side effects for some people, affected with COVID19, is the sudden loss of taste … Continue reading

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The Past, Present, and Hopefully Future of Snail Mail

Dear Reader: There are some things I consider “sacred” to me… and the post office, my “magnolia” mailbox Mandy painted for me, and the memories of handwritten messages within that box… are all included in that term. Right before I, … Continue reading

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Let’s Roll With It!

Dear Reader: My son-in-law (John)’s favorite expression is “That’s how we roll.” It usually follows a compliment I have given him about a cook-out he has put on or a surprise…he comes back with “That’s how we roll around here, Boo.” … Continue reading

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The Prayer Tree Garden of Blowing Rock, North Carolina

  Dear Reader: When Walsh, Mollie, and family were in the mountains last week…they spent one afternoon strolling through the quaint little mountain town of Blowing Rock. It was there that Mollie sent me a video of the Prayer Tree … Continue reading

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