Visiting Yellowstone National Park–Old Eyes, New Eyes

Visiting Yellowstone National Park–Old Eyes, New Eyes

We took the grandchildren to Yellowstone Park last July. They were excited and loved it. I thought it had become over-commercialized but didn’t complain. No reason to ruin their first impression. One exception: I did like the Mammoth Hot Springs area. I’d never been there before and I thought the cabins were delightful. Gophers played on the lawn. We could sit on the porch and enjoy the scenery. Each morning we walked all around the...

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List–What I’ve Done in Life

List–What I’ve Done in Life

My daughter-in-law posted this list on Facebook and challenged me to fill out what I’d done. Turned out to be a post that drew more comments than most. I’m not sure why. I thought it was a little silly, especially the part about kissing a lemur, until I realized I’d done quite a few things, except kiss a lemur. Maybe we need to take a silly inventory once in awhile just because–because . . . Couple of things I’d...

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Routine of a long-married Couple–short-short story

Routine of a long-married Couple–short-short story

Another try at short-short story that’s under 300 words. This one is under 200 words. Is that enough to get the idea? Routine of a Long-Married Couple A married couple has dinner in a French Bistro the day after Christmas with a cousin neither has seen in years. They have just finished dessert when the waiter appears with a complimentary after-dinner drink. The drink is wonderful–like nothing they’ve ever tasted. Later, they...

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We Have Just Been Hit By Lightening

We Have Just Been Hit By Lightening

It happened so fast. I was on a commercial flight approaching Portland, Oregon when I heard a pop and all the lights in the plane went out. Before I could do more than wonder what happened, the pilot came on and announced that we’d been hit by lightening. He assured us that everything was fine. However, we’d been cleared for an immediate landing. That meant we were on the ground ahead of schedule which made me happy. I hurried home...

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Keeping Girls in School in Guatemala–Mother’s Stories

Keeping Girls in School in Guatemala–Mother’s Stories

I’m on the board of an organization WOMEN WORK TOGETHER that is trying to keep Guatemalan girls in school. The New York Times (2/12/2015) did an extensive article about that same area of Guatemala and the fact that girls as young as eleven drop out of school and are married and pregnant by age twelve or thirteen. Breaking that cycle is not easy. How does WWT approach the problem? With story. We have the girls interview and write their...

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Wine, Laughter, and Good Stories

Wine, Laughter, and Good Stories

I’m on my way out tonight. Dinner with friends. I know how this will go. We will drink a little, eat a lot, and tell stories. At least once during the evening someone will say, “Did I tell you about ____?” I hope we say, “No, not yet,” because the stories that you have to ask if you’ve already told are the ones worth repeating. Dinner with friends equals wine, laughter and good stories. Stories are how we...

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