Oil and Water

I saw a picture the other day of the Straits of Juan del Fuego where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet.  You could see where the waters collided and didn’t blend. Why? They have different salinity.  Some doubted the veracity of the picture, but it reminded me of oil and water.  They do not mix. …

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Debt-Free Living

When Rick and I were young, we got into debt.  It was so easy to do.  When I graduated from college, companies sent me credit cards.  As newlyweds, we needed just about everything essential. We “needed” other things, too; nice dinners out, mini-vacations, sporting events, etc.  It wasn’t long before all we could afford were …

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Winterizing a Soul

I love working in the garden, even when I’m cutting away and pulling up so many plants that the yard looks barren when compared to spring and summer. Sometimes we must do the same kind of work on ourselves. Raul and Enrique came to prune the vineyard last weekend.  These two wonderful friends have been …

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The Challenges of a New Normal

Last year, 2020, was an historic year for all of us with challenges beyond our expectations.  So many people have lost jobs, homes, property.  We’ve relied on big box stores and Amazon for our necessities (though I don’t know why the same safety rules shouldn’t apply to small businesses). Activities have been curtailed, leaving people …

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Why Santa Might Be Late

Imagine the dire possibilities that might make Santa Claus late this year: -Santa was stopped at the border and searched for possible contraband. -Every package must go through scanners.   -Santa has been charged with trafficking weapons.  All Nerf guns, slingshots, rubber knives, bows and arrow have been confiscated and cataloged as evidence and stored …

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A Redwood Tree in a Terracotta Pot

I saw a redwood sapling in a terracotta pot the other day and wondered where the owner planned to plant it.  I’ve passed by homes with redwood trees planted in the front yard.  They grow with surprising speed in the right environment.  Take that as a warning, if you’re new to California and you want …

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Chasing Turkeys

Ranger, our five-month-old German Shepherd, is away at Puppy Boarding School with a professional trainer for a few days and nights a week.  His loving attention can literally knock us off our feet.  Hence, the call for help.  A well-behaved and trained dog is pure pleasure.  Ranger will be that after he serves his time …

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Turning in a Manuscript

Lots of people think meeting a deadline and turning in a manuscript is the goal for a writer. Not so. That’s somewhere in the middle of the long road to publication – and publication, even for a previously-published author – should never be taken for granted. The hardest part of writing a novel is starting. …

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Fishers of Men

There are two fishers of men, and both know us very well.  One knows our potential.  The other knows our weaknesses. One gives us free will.  We can choose the path we want to walk through life.  We can choose to do what’s right or wrong. The other knows our sin nature and uses that …

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Living with a Puppy

We lost our beloved German Shepherd, Sarge, in March, before COVID hit.  Rick’s heart ached for another dog.  I wasn’t sure I could go through loving one and then losing another in 11-12 years.  Needless to say, I gave in.  We picked up “Ranger”, our all-black, fuzzy pup, along with instructions on diet.  (I barely …

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