Monthly Archives: September 2022

1944 …Floral Friday

While dusting the bookshelves, I noticed an old florist book that I haven’t consulted in at least a decade. I had purchased it on eBay to better know what types of arrangements were used when my old vases had been … Continue reading

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When a people confine their vision to popular memes, they stifle their own vitality. People who guide their lives by myths and shiboleths hold others back. The person who goes along just to get along will likely encounter mental stagnation. … Continue reading

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Good Manners

The most dainty child and the most gruff redneck harbor sensitive feelings. We’re all “snowflakes” in some way. Resentments are planted and violence erupts when feelings are hurt. We may disguise our pains with the denial of a stiff upper … Continue reading

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That Stranger You’ll Never Forget

While in the midst of a pleasant stroll home from the downtown coffee shop, my mind wandered into nostalgic territory. Lovely memories of strangers I’ve encountered brought a smile to my face. There have been dozens of anonymous people who … Continue reading

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The cooler temperatures of September in Nebraska bring about a particular silence around the house. At night, I no longer need to use an electric table fan to circulate air in the bedroom. The HVAC doesn’t cycle to air conditioning … Continue reading

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True Family

For many of us, to address the subject of family requires exploring our emotions deeply. Our experiences growing up in either a “conventional” nuclear family or being raised in foster family settings do not conform to socially proscribed norms. Many … Continue reading

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“An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship – it is a crime against our nature as human beings.”–Salman Rushdie Whenever someone issues an edict or warning with the aim of preventing me from reading something, … Continue reading

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