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Shattering Lines: 'Shattering Lines' Of Perfection

When I was younger I would write all kinds of songs, poems and stories. Some resonate more to me than others, but through it all, those writings are a part of who I am today. In fact, I still have the set of Christmas poems I wrote in 1992 when I was 11, which is about the time I started my writing career.  

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Monday 08/06/2018
Ramblings: Fill 'Er Up With A Full Meal Deal?
Posted: August 06, 2018

Comments directed my way at the Sertoma Picnic in the Park(ing Lot) held on June 1 brought back memories from my days as an educator and my brief weeks spent working part-time as a gas station attendant while a college student–those were my ventures into retail until the Sertoma gig imposed itself upon me. My rumination brought comfort to me as I realized I've seldom been a perfect team player, and I take pride in that.

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Monday 04/30/2018
A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY: Finding Inspiration In Life's Challenges
Posted: April 30, 2018

I've been reflecting a lot lately on inspiration and those who inspire me to be the best person I can be. Even before Grace was diagnosed with INAD, my life has always been full of people setting a great example for me. From elementary school teachers who became friends to lifelong friends who have shared crazy experiences with me, I have a long list of people who continue to inspire me.

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COONRIDGE DIGEST: We Could Use A Dose Of 'Tranquility'
Updated: April 30, 2018 - 3:06 pm

Greetings from the Ridge.

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Monday 02/05/2018
SHATTERING LINES: Living Moment By Moment, Step By Step
Posted: February 05, 2018

If I could describe one place where I feel safe and secure, it would be my parent's house in Sorento. I admit I didn't always like living in the country. It's 20 minutes from anywhere and it stinks to be stuck at home when the roads are covered in ice. I thought I had it all together when I moved away, but I had so much to learn.

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Monday 01/08/2018
RAMBLINGS: The Truth About Grammar
Posted: January 08, 2018

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GUEST COLUMN: Embracing Hope–An Individual Perspective
Posted: January 08, 2018

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COONRIDGE DIGEST: Healthcare Sticker Shock? Call Dr. Grandma
Posted: January 08, 2018

Greetings from the Ridge.

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Monday 12/11/2017
GRANDMA'S DIARIES: December 1950: Cold And Snowy
Posted: December 11, 2017

Bitter cold sets in during December 1950. Normal tasks such as laundry become more difficult and travel is curtailed. An unexpected death in the family shrouds some of the usual holiday spirit, but the family carries on. We have our usual family barbecue and gift exchange tinged with excitement for the gifts arriving from Aunt Alberta and Uncle Albert who lived in exotic (to us children) California. I am including Grandma's barbecue sauce recipe which you may want to try. I still use it, and get rave reviews. At years end, Grandma must do an accounting to prepare for the year's taxes. Farmers today may be amazed that they managed to live on less than $3,000. I am also including the list of quilts the Helping Hand finished for the benefit of the Butler Union Church. The Christmas gathering at the church was a memory I hold dear. Two lighted Christmas trees, the sound of familiar carols, we children reciting the Bible verses telling of the birth of Jesus, and Santa's entrance at the end of the evening, bringing each child a small brown, paper bag which always held an orange and Christmas candy.

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