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Bluebird watch

A gray morning breaks. I walk our land. Three and a half acres. Enough space for two septuagenarians to dwell in relative peace. The scent of wet earth revives me—winter's damage strewn high and low, near and far. I start toward the garden steps to upright three small...

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Simplicity is sophistication

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." I heard that, or read it, earlier today; and realized how wise that little five-word quotation was, and how long it had taken me to learn the truth of it. The quote fit right in with some information I'd been given in case...

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Sitting under shade tree of joy

I've been participating in some mini guided meditations and sharing what I know with some open minded people in town. The Chinese New Year celebration in February, and the Mardi Gras celebration in March gave me an opportunity to get out the quartz crystal singing...

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Observations from the scooter seat

It is evening. There is that restlessness that comes from being in my hot, confined apartment for too long. I figure that the night is ripe for exploring. So I go downstairs and mount my trusty red scooter, then putter off. It's a good night for what I've decidedly...

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Origin of Shepherd’s pie

My devotion to good food comes from my mother's kitchen. Not flavor, nor nutrition alone, nor the refuge of our family table, more so her stable and flexible practice influences what I choose to cook. Mom held the humble and unvarnished wood handle of her favorite...

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Toast to winter, or winter’s end?

As the icy grip of winter's bony hand continues its reach into mid-March, something strange occurs. A shift in the brain, a tilt in the thinking, a tingle on the tongue... I realize it was bound to happen sooner or later, but the mere fact that it has still shocks me....

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Brief, indelible season

I can't remember selling Girl Scout cookies in fourth grade. Most of the brief season with my Brownie troop remains a mystery. Martha Bradley comes to mind. Her mother led our meetings at their home. Mrs. Bradley dressed like a Girl Scout and smiled a lot. She led us...

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Tough assignment in pre-Lent past

Note: At last week's New Member Mixer hosted by the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce at Maple Vista, I sat with a lively group of area business people and organizations. We talked about the upcoming Mardi Gras celebration held yesterday (Tues., March 5) in Imlay...

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