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Reusing, Recycling and even Rebooting

Not to boast, but I’ve been reusing and recycling for several years now. Like most every one else in these green-conscious, environmental friendly days, I’m doing all I can not to be wasteful. In fact, when we moved to Wilmington two years ago, I asked the real estate broker were there any “green” houses we […]

The White Wine Society

“Wine is not a beverage. It’s a way of life.” I didn’t write this sentiment but I did buy the cocktail napkin. I also bought “Wine! My favorite dish.” Perhaps you get my drift. I enjoy nothing more than a chilled glass of chardonnay. But I’m not a wine snob. Frankly, I’m just not qualified. […]

Going Green (Gray)

As summer approaches and the southern summer furnace kicks up the heat above 100 degrees, I have decided to “GO GREEN.” Actually I am going GRAY. After more years than I care to recall, the monthly trips to “get my roots done” are over! Why didn’t I do this sooner? Oh, the money I will […]

The Tern

The storm never materialized into the ferocious rain that was predicted, and all we heard through the evening was the buzzing of insects and the soft taps of an occasional rain shower on the fly of the tent. The sweltering heat of the day before had broken as the front pushed its way out to […]

Glen’s Garden

We only met once, but I’ll always remember him. He was a tall man, thin to the point of being gaunt, with long gray hair. His slightly-stooped posture spoke of a life hard-lived; his eyes countered with friendliness and humility. If there was ever a guru atop a mountain, it was Glen. Glen’s garden was […]

Six Lessons in Golf, One Lesson in Love

My husband wishes I would play golf. He keeps thinking that if I just tried it, maybe took a few lessons, that I would be hooked. I smile, lovingly. The problem is I just don’t get it; the sad thing is, I wish I did. I just don’t understand the appeal of a sport that […]

Love is in the Air – No, Wait, That’s Just the Onion Rings

My husband Eric proposed to me in the parking lot of a Burger King. No, I’m not kidding, and please stop laughing. In my husband’s defense, he didn’t plan to ask me in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. He’d planned something more romantic on two different occasions, but an error at the […]

It’s Gonna Be Alright

“Please come get me,” I sobbed into the receiver. “I just can’t do this. It’s too stressful, and I want to come home.” Looking back, I cannot believe these words came out of the mouth of the girl who swore she would never return to Wakefield, the tiny town where everyone knows your business. But […]

All Dressed Up

We rushed home Friday night. There was hair to curl, makeup to apply and dress shoes to dig out of the closet. No being late, her date would be here right on time, and she must be ready. This Friday night was special. The curls were placed lovingly, one by one, with a hot iron, […]

Just As I Am…And Billy Graham

I am sitting in a metal chair beside my dad and mom. The congregation is singing “Just as I am.” I keep asking my parents if I can go down front and give my life to Jesus. Billy Graham’s booming North Carolina voice is calling, and I am trying to get down front because I […]

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