“Look at everyt…

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Once upon a Willow, tree that is, a young girl did gaze. The picture book open to this dog eared page. One day I will have this, growing in my yard. I know that I can do it. I know it won’t be hard.


As the girl grew up, this book with her did go. Not often would she open it, but it was nice to know. To know the book was with her, reminding her her dream She wondered as life marched along if it was in life’s scheme.


Busy getting married, rearing children the years quickly flew. It wasn’t until they all were gone, that she somehow knew. To go back where it started, when once a little child, where dreams of a Willow, spoke to her so loud.


A new abode was built, she planted gleefully. The last thing she planted, was that Willow tree. She placed it so she’d see it, when on her porch she sat, her life dream complete, she had no regret. From book to full fruition, her tree did swiftly grow. She wondered at the end of life who would love it so. When her days were over, another came that You know. A niece who in a book, with a Willow displayed, looked about and decided, she would also stay. All because that Willow, gracefully called her name. Her love as with her Aunts, remained the same.


Sitting on her porch, while writing this you see…gazing at the Willow and wondering what will be. Will there be another, coming this way, who will love the graceful Willow…then decide to stay.

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“To be yourself…

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

In prior postings on the web, when asked to describe myself, I would say…”I am simply me.”
That said, I must explain that while I know I am a daughter, a wife, a mother, grandmother, retired teacher, I am ME…those titles are simply extensions of this individual God made. While I have balked at some of the world’s perceptions and judgments of each role, I have done my best…marching to the beat of my own conscience and what I feel God wants. Do I fail? Of course! I am simply me…human with human frailties. Do I let other people’s perceptions bother me? Yes, more than I should…yet I still march to the beat that I honestly feel I should hear. That beat has the refrain, BE MYSELF!
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“Books are the …

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
Charles William Eliot

For as long as I can remember, books have always been a part of my life.  My mom once had photos made of myself and my brothers…one of the only times we were professionally photographed as children.   Remember how they would use props in the pictures?  Of course mine was…yep, you guessed it…a book!  i remember the bookmobile with fondness because it brought the world to a young girl, a gangly teen and then to a college bound young lady.  I would step into that library on wheels and be content…leaving with a stack of books so high that I couldn’t see the steps to get down.  Later in life, my love of books found me with not only a teaching degree but also a school librarian certification.  Now retired, books fill nooks and crannies in my home…as well as in my kindle.  Fortunately, my husband loves to read as much as I.  When we pack for vacation, one of the first things we would do would be to visit the bookstore.  Now we get online at Amazon and load up our kindles before hitting the road!

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“Don’t cry beca…

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

Having retired from the educational arena May 2012, I’ve had wisps of sorrow, quickly followed by sorrow scrubbing joy!  The above quote speaks to me in so many ways.  Just to have had the opportunity to obtain degrees in education…then to have served so many students for twenty six years is often mind boggling.  No, I’m not the first to mush through obstacles to attain a goal, but it was my attaining…and my heart smiles!

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Trunk of memories

Trunk of memories…

In an attic sat…a trunk of memories…memories from another era, another generation of people, another time. Should this trunk of memories be opened, unleashing a life too short, oohing over collectibles possibly found within? Would it be cherished for the story unfolding or discarded for what object might bring wealth? Maybe yet another generation must pass before this trunk…this trunk of memories..is unleashed?

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Sashshay, the cat, and I sit…watching the little birds at the feeders. I wonder why they always empty the feeder nearest to the bushes where they live first before fluttering a mere 3 feet away to the other feeder or to the third feeder 8 feet away. Is it the proximity to home…or is it the color of the tops of the feeders…the nearest one is red, the next green and the last is purple…?


Is it the fear of leaving home, as in some humans…of going to the next town or to another state?


Now I shudder to imagine what Sashshay is wondering as she watching the birds feeding…lol

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“Think and Wond…

“Think and Wonder, Wonder and Think!” Dr. Seuss

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