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Fish out of Water

This picture asks a thousand questions. My best guess, a small child was escorted to the bathroom. Said child held shark toy until perfectly aligned above the toilet. At which point, small child let go, releasing the shark back to the water. Wasn’t it “Nemo” who taught us “all routes lead to the sea?” One […]

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Don’t be an Octopus

Disclaimer: It is my understanding octopi are sentient, highly intelligent, and rather remarkable beings. Therefore, the admonishment to avoid imitating this phenomenal creature is metaphorical, mostly. If they just know me better, they will like me. If I give more time and energy, he will love me. There are moments when a great deal of […]

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Parking Garages and Golden Tickets

The parking garage. You pull up, push the button and take a ticket. Once a parking space has been secured, you leave your vehicle, ticket in hand, to do what you left home to do. Doctor’s appointment. Shopping. Lunch with friends. Your business concludes and upon leaving the parking garage, you show the attendant the […]

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Confessions of a Pioneer

Recently a friend referred to me as a pioneer. I had to pause and ponder such an accusation. Pioneer? Me? Really? I forced myself to look beyond the stereotypical view of a pioneer. Remove the bonnet. Put in indoor plumbing. Replace a covered wagon with a Suburban. And sure enough, perhaps she’s right. Maybe I […]

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The Thin Blue Line — Frayed

  The thin blue line is a symbol of solidarity with law enforcement. But sometimes, the thin blue line gets frayed. My husband came home the other day with an interesting story. He was in a meeting with some of the management of his agency and the topic of PTSD came up. Sniggers and huffs […]

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End of Watch

17 Alexander is 17. His father, Officer Youngstrom of the California Highway Patrol, was shot in the head on Tuesday. He made a traffic stop in Walnut Creek. Just doing his job. Maybe that morning, Alexander’s dad drove him to school. Maybe the night before, they had talked about who gets to use the car […]

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Death and taxes…

“…But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” -Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789 I would have to add to that short list. Change. I think change is certain. Empires rise and fall. Flowers bloom and fade. The years tick away, absorbing our youth and elasticity. […]

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S is for…

Should I stay or should I go? This blog needs to start with a preface or some sort of disclaimer. I doubt this is concurrent with blogging protocol but some things must be done. So here goes. I am not trying to offer advice or counsel. This is simply my journey. If you have a […]

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T is for ticked off

That seems fairly obvious doesn’t it? I mean, do I really need to spell out what being ticked off looks like? The small child in the grocery store. The tantrum thrower, lying on the vinyl flooring, arms waving and feet kicking. Unintelligible shrieks and sobbing noises come from the flailing body. We pretend not to […]

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P is for partially blind

An outing to the zoo the other day warranted the taking of many pictures. My girls quickly took control of all picture taking devices and began to document our adventure. The above photo is one from that day. Can you tell what it is? Yeah, me neither. After close inspection, I have made out some […]

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