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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A question of change

Is it really possible to change facets of your personality and behavior with a specific outcome in mind? I’ve always believed in my heart of hearts that it is, and I know that I’ve grown and changed immensely over the years – but, was my growth intentional or merely incidental?  I decided to do some research on the topic to...

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Serendipity

My garden has always been a place of rest, recovery, and salvation for me, but it plays an even greater role for the many creatures that fly, crawl, or scurry about within its boundaries. One of the major draws is the Celtic birdbath that provides a daily offering of fresh water for drinking and bathing. It is this birdbath –...

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Every day counts

So many of us go about our day to day business never really knowing the importance we have in the lives of others. I have personally struggled with this in my life, especially in recent times. In recent days, even. Yesterday, Dublin the Dog and I found ourselves downtown at high noon, thirsty and hungry. We decided to dine outdoors...

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At second glance

Those eyes. They know things. They’re attached to a tiny being who’s been so many places and seen so much. He has a heartbeat. He has a life. He’s even quite beautiful in his own special way. Yet, most of the time, we would just swat him away and consider him a mere annoyance. Maybe if we looked closer and...

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New beginnings

The moon is a master at accepting change. She has no choice. With every passing day she is either closer to darkness or closer to light…depending on her mood. She doesn’t have to console herself with trite pacifiers such as “the only constant is change” or “time stops for no one.” She knows that her life cycle is beyond her...

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Oh, possum!

(Photo and words published in Jan/Feb/Mar issue of “Life Images by Somerset” on a magazine rack near you!) In the beginning, she came only in the dead of night, leaving no trace except an unusually barren bowl of dog kibble the following morning. Her visits became more frequent and more blatant as she crept through the dog door in the...

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Divine intersection

Those who know me know that I have my feet planted firmly on the line between atheist and agnostic, with a little Buddhism thrown in for effect. So, the story that is about to be told represents an awakening of sorts-a reanalysis of a value that has guided my life for three decades. So here it goes, my story of...

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