Calendar Girl

By Susan Harvey

January seems the logical time for new beginnings. I suppose that’s the reason we make resolutions on New Year’s Day instead of on Halloween. I’ve given up on resolutions because each year my new beginning quickly turns into a discouraging ending and leaves me feeling like a loser. I use the term loosely because my […]

Well, Christmas is right around the corner, or so it seems, and I’m stumped. I can’t find any Christmas tree lights, and it’s driving me crazy. Not only that, I’m driving Hubby Russell (Oscar the Grouch) crazy with my insistence: “Just pull in here honey. Trust me; this store (being the third one in an […]

The Package

By Janey Womeldorf

His fellow soldiers pointed, mocked and roared with laughter at the contents of his package, but he didn’t care. What he found inside brought him more joy than all the other mail put together. When you marry someone in the military, deployments are part of the deal. You pretend to be okay with it, to […]

Each year as the holiday season comes, I’d like to be able to tell stories to my friends about how my family gathered together and “roasted chestnuts on an open fire,” decorated Christmas trees that would have made Martha Stewart drool with envy, exchanged heartfelt gifts and sang O Holy Night to celebrate the holiday […]

The Mommy Spot

By Windy Lynn Harris

I grew up in the shade of tall evergreen trees in Seattle, Washington. Now I live in Phoenix, Arizona, where I see cactus covered hills outside my window. I used to have a grassy yard to mow; now I rake my gravel. Seattle had tree huggers driving hybrid cars; in Phoenix the SUVs rule the […]

Listen With Your Eyes

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

It wasn’t just another day at the beach; no way. It was a day of unusual occurrences, not like the Twilight Zone or anything that bizarre, but more like messages that touched my heart: Visual images that moved me as if someone was speaking directly to me. Every step I took that day opened a […]

A Big Yellow Table

By Robin Allen

When I was little, my family had a ridiculous breakfast table. It was as round and bright and yellow as the sun. And big. One of us could spill a glass of milk at breakfast and the splash wouldn’t reach the others until dinner. My parents bought the big yellow table in Mexico during a […]

It is not uncommon for the religious person to spend years, maybe even decades, pondering the meaning of life. For some of us, we may be well into adulthood before we realize what doesn’t matter at all and what is actually important. So what happens when a 19-year-old leads you down the road to insight? […]

President of What?

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Hey, you’ve got to have confidence in yourself, no matter what you do. And, if you do something that appears stupid, laugh along with everyone else. It ain’t brain surgery. No one got hurt, right? Well, that’s what I keep telling myself about the day I asked Jimmy Carter, “President of what?” when he told […]

Mention the decorating term “feng shui” to my husband and you’ll get that look that says, “don’t bother explaining it ’cuz ain’t nobody knows what it means.” The rest of the world knows that it’s a way of decorating your home to make it feel “right,” to get positive energy flowing in the right directions, […]

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