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Blogging, Snake-style

I hate snakes.  I don’t even like the useful ones, like blacksnakes, who supposedly eat rodents, copperheads (folklore, I believe), and ATF employees because the main purpose for all snakes is this – scare the bejeezus out of me the … Continue reading

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If you buy a gardner a hose…

My long-suffering wife has a wonderful garden that keeps us supplied with fresh veggies for months and months, not to mention blueberries and figs.  She does the raised beds thing, and thoroughly enjoys getting dirt under her fingernails and bringing … Continue reading

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Baby It’s Cold Inside

Today I emailed back and with a friend from high school days who currently lives in Dubuque, Iowa.  He mentioned that he was supposed to be in Des Moines today for a presentation (he works for the ACT people) and … Continue reading

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Sarcasm Unnecessary

Sometimes I feel my spiritual gift, although it does not appear in the Bible, is sarcasm. I fight it with my students, my politics, and myself. But this morning was one of those mornings when everywhere I went, people were … Continue reading

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Silly Lily

I am working on the final revision of Thomas O’Shea novel #3 in the series. It’s called, The Face on the Other Side. I try to write mornings and attend to other things in the afternoons. Things like yard work, … Continue reading

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Black Beauty

Yesterday I was watering the garden. This is something my long-suffering wife usually does since she’s the one with the green thumb that leads to a bumper crop of fresh vegetables. But she wasn’t available and had asked me to … Continue reading

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Lest not ye be judged…

Yesterday I was at the local laundromat. This because the Carenen Cottage is undergoing construction for an addition, which rendered our old laundry room nonexistent and the new laundry room not ready yet. It’s a nice, clean, efficient laundromat with … Continue reading

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Contented Carenens

Friday evening at the Travelers Rest outdoor amphitheater with the Blue Ridge in the distance, we settled in after joining friends who saved us a place to hear the talented and exuberant Jacob Johnson offer up a free concert. Soft summer … Continue reading

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Carnage at the Carenen Cottage

And so it begins. The systematic renovation to the Carenen Cottage has launched with serious purpose. I took off the back deck, then the grader did his thing, footers were poured, cinderblock secured, temporary electrical hookup installed. This morning three … Continue reading

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The Best Dog

This is a sad and lonely morning in the Carenen Cottage. We had to put our dog to sleep. Degenerative bone disease had rendered her a cripple in pain, and she was getting worse fast. I can tell you this … Continue reading

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