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July 2016

I Gained and I Lost —

A number of years ago I purchased my first boat. The boat was a 13’ fiberglass canoe-like craft with extended sides and flat transom so it was really quite stable. I fitted the boat with a 5hp gas engine and an electric trolling motor that I would have to attach …

Jac Is Here —

We have a new critter in the Yard, a Field Mouse. Seems my Cinderella (Anna), who said “I do” to me 50 years ago this month, has accepted the mouse as part of the Yard family. As long as the mouse does not upset bird-life, it is welcome to scamper …

Apple Crack

Tin roof bends above my head Cold wooden floor neath the bed Drops fall heavy like stones they hit Storms angry advance candle lit Winds onslaught thrashes wall and limb Far orchard light leans lonely dim Clouds their grimace at each flash Windows shake as shutters crash Alone in mind …

Sandbox of Life —

As a child did you ever play in a sandbox? I mean the square kind with varnished wooden slat sides, maybe even a canvas top to act as a sunshade. Filled with sugar-like white sand, an inviting mystical place where brightly colored buckets and small shovels awaited innocent play. Did …

A Flashback —

Today I was transported back to 1969, a time in Southeast Asia full of then new sights, thoughts, fears, beauty, horrors, discipline and pain. This afternoon an elderly woman walked past me near the atrium where I was standing. In traditional white Vietnamese dress she stood about five feet tall, …

Toothpaste —

Life skips along day-by-day. You purchased toothpaste recently, in fact three tubes and a bonus free. You’re in great shape now, toothpaste is off the radarscope for some time and life skips along one tube at a time. Brushing your teeth may not be at the top of the list …

Matthew 18:20 —

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” I choose to believe this passage means: When like minds join in a common goal for good, the perfection that already exists within them is strengthened. Not only do we see …

Short Calls (history) —

My daughter is thousands of miles away. Argentina has almost become a second home for her. She calls periodically, not really much to say except, “Dad, what are you doing?” It’s sure good to hear her voice.

Vibration —

Our property is alive. Not just in the plant livingness sense, it’s also alive in the vibration sense. I have always had a kinship with trees and plants, especially when I feel a need to touch trees that I am about to prune or when I have to cut roots. I …

When Women Understand —

If a man is inherently selfish or unkind, he is not a man. Let me clarify this by saying “we all have our moments regardless of gender,” but if the aforementioned predominates, the man is just a male and not far distant from any male in the animal kingdom. When …

God —

Even if you gave me a clue, a hint, I don’t know if I would recognize you. At times I think I have found you, perhaps momentarily I have. I think of you often and at times I feel you are near. I thought I saw you once, but I …