Creative Spirits

  I wish that I could be like the cool kids; cuz all the cool kids, they seem to fit in…they seem to get it.  –from Echosmith’s 2013 hit, “Cool Kids” Orch dorks, choir nerds, band geeks–all can likely relate to Rodney Dangerfield’s famous quip, “I don’t get no respect.” When you’re in middle or…
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Fur And Feces

There’s something very wrong with me, and it’s not about to get better in the foreseeable future. The following remarks may provoke the antithesis of Dale Carnegie’s famous advice; I’m sure to neither win friends nor (positively) influence people, but I will nevertheless carelessly reveal this unfortunate side of my true nature. Pets–especially dogs and…
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Entertaining Fools….or Angels?

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. –Hebrews 13:2, New Revised Standard Version Say hello to April 1, commonly known as April Fools’ Day. This is a date on which people–and especially the more gullible among us, including moi–should be on guard lest…
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Parking Lot Pickups

Parents of newborns can only fantasize about the changes their soft, sweet-smelling little ones will introduce into their lives as they grow. Those of us with teenagers have already experienced so many degrees of adjustment, altered expectations and personal transformations since leaving behind our pre-children worlds that our heads have spun around more dramatically, and…
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Virtual Soundtrack

It never occurred to me that I might in fact be crazy. Not, that is, until I was sharing a few confidences with my sisters-in-law at a family Christmas gathering several years ago. The original topic of conversation is now lost to me, but I suppose we were discussing life; the stresses of small children,…
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