“What Do You Do For Entertainment?!”

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  “So what, pray tell,” the voice on the phone sighed in exasperation, “do you do for entertainment?!” I smiled as I looked around the room.  At that very moment, my little guys were marching around the room, beating on tin pie pan drums.  Newspapers shaped into boat hats were perched on their heads, and their little feet kept time to the rat-a-tat-tat of their drums.  We’d been to town earlier that week and watched … Read more

Six Things That Make Me Cry

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This story was published in 2001 and is found in the book Southside Glimmers.   Don’t you just love that lump-in-your-throat-happy-feeling?     I believe in tears. Oh, the wonder of tears! They can be healing — as well as revealing. I especially prefer the lump-in-my-throat kind of tears—the “warm, fuzzy feeling” kind of tears, the “ain’t life grand!” kind of tears. While I prefer to do my  “woe is me” crying in private, I don’t begrudge … Read more

How Marriage Is Like Riding a Bicycle Built For Two

Dave has always believed in the adage, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Granted, sometimes there isn’t a way even when there’s a will, but you get the point. There’s not a lot my husband won’t tackle, especially if it’s something he knows his bride wants to do. So when the option of a trail ride on bicycles for a family reunion came along, he decided we wouldn’t let a sore knee keep us … Read more

Why I Spent a Day Doing Nothing

  I should have been inside today — cleaning out stuffed drawers, crammed bookcases, and weary closets.   I could have felt the breeze and heard the birds from my open windows.   I chose instead to ignore the call of spring-cleaning and spend the day doing only, as some folks would say, absolutely nothing. But do you call ten minutes on the swing in the tree house yard, looking up through the green branches … Read more