Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Gardener

“Betty,” the man said. “The soil in this garden is as dry as dust.” Betty replied, “Our vegetables are still growing pretty well, Curtis.” “They won’t keep growing like this unless we get some rain or we start irrigating. Irrigating

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2016 Presidential Election

I hate the U.S. news media. I’m not sure it would be better in any other nation, but in the U.S., you only hear what the powers that be at the major news organizations want you to hear. I did

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Can our Democracy Last?

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John Adams, one of our founders feared that it could not when he said, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that…

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Crisis in our Lives

Most dictionaries define “crisis” as a turning point. One further definition is that a crisis is a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life. The older we get, the more crises we have endured in our lives. What

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Someone Special

It had been a wonderful trip, but she had finally arrived in her favorite city of Amsterdam. The last stop. Not only was she looking forward to seeing the city again but to meeting someone very special. But first, there

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My Mother’s German Clock

My mother was a hard, cold woman. There is no need to sugar coat it, though I hate to say it. That was, quite simply. her personality. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love her. I did. I just didn’t like

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The Oak Tree that Fell

This is the tree that fell that is referenced inĀ #weekendcoffeeshare 7/23/2016.

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#weekendcoffeeshare 7/23/2016

“Jenn,” I say, as my friend walks in my side door to join me for our #weeklycoffeeshare this Saturday morning, “you’ll never guess what happened this week.” Jenn automatically assumed something terrible. It was something sort of terrible, but also

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Terrorism and the American Spirit

The American society is losing its ability to be carefree. When I talk to most of my friends, they express great prudence and caution when they speak of things they would like to do. Events that involve a crowd, for

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When a Writer Can’t Write

A writer has to write. When a committed writer cannot write, they can be creative. They can read or travel in order to see things, meet people, and learn new writing techniques. I do that, but when I want to

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