Category: Love

She’s gone

Charlotte’s gone. I knew the days were closing in when she failed to rebuild her web three nights in a row, but that didn’t make it any easier when I found her missing from her hiding spot in the strawberry tree. All that’s left are the remnants of a spider life well-lived. The tattered web, and its long, sturdy extension...

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Exploring

In response to my asking her repeated questions about where to indulge my rekindled interest in hiking, my friend Ashley bought me a day hike book for Ventura County. I was stunned at the number of trails in the area that had gone unnoticed by me. I’ve always been the kind of person that slows down, looks around, and smells...

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A story of human intervention

My day started off the same as every other this month. Feeling the weight of depression that only a broken relationship can impart, I dragged myself out of bed and blamed myself immediately for the ugly state of the world. It’s a good thing for my dog, or I might not even bother waking up and feeling sorry for myself....

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Living and loving

My friend James has a favorite quote. “If you live long enough, you’ll eventually lose everything you love.” Some may think that’s depressing, but I find it inspiring, and to know James, is to know he does too. It forces us to look at love as the center of the universe. To hang onto it for all it’s worth, for...

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Saying good-bye

How do we know when it’s time to say good-bye? Sometimes it’s a choice based on someone or something moving on, either physically or emotionally. Other times, it’s shoved right in our face, without our being given any choice, as in the case of death. In the past two days, I’ve had to say good-bye for both reasons, or so...

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