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New Sheets (2000)

bed

I bought new sheets yesterday.
Last night we broke them in

In Defense of Spice

passion

I smell the cinnamon on your skin
The freshness of rain in your hair
The vanilla candles in moonlight
Cast a twilight glow to the air,

I Love You, Too

cup of coffee

Over the years I have learned what it means. He is there to give me a lift when I need one, to challenge my logic when it is illogical, to hold my hand for no reason at all than to be close. He does a thousand little things that say, “I love you” better than any words ever will.

Book Unread

weathered book

You ask for the book and then page through
Reading only the parts of interest to you.
You never get the whole story, yet

Gun Violence: Tears and Fears

girl weeping

Yesterday I watched the interview of an eighth-grade girl in tears as she admitted that she was afraid to go to school. She feared that one day she would go into school and never come back out. Sometime yesterday, that is exactly what happened to a young man in Colorado.

Submerged

woman swimming under water

In the half-light of morning
She struggles to lift the dark curtain
From her eyes
Daylight muffled by a pillow of clouds …

The Anole

anole

The anole stopped
and stared at me.
He didn’t seem afraid at all.
I turned my head and he was gone …

Looking Forward

Too often, when they become adolescents, our children feel they must decide on what they want to be when they grow up. Adolescence is just too young for somebody to decide what they will do for a lifetime. Setting goals and self-imposing rules at such a young age can hinder a young person's growth more than help it.

Scaredy Cat

Scaredy Cat
Photo Credit: A.R.T Paola on Unsplash

Cats have a reputation for being aloof. Still, when you rescue a cat, you likely expect that it wil become your companion. Sometimes that doesn't work out as you intended. You spend weeks or even months trying to coax your cat out from under the couch, the bed, or out of the closet without success.

The Dark Side of Loving a Dog

Bailey

Bailey

We lost our beautiful Airedale, Bailey two years ago. Bailey was a big dog. He was an Oorang, the kind of Airedale that some breeders say are ruining the breed because of their size.