All In: Spring has Sprung

Howdy, Spring. You’ve been a long time a-comin’ “But you live in Florida,” you say. “Why are you complaining?” I’m not, but I wish for more flowers, more blooming trees, more singing birds ~ strawberries even, which won’t appear until April. I can never get enough of...

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Magnificent Magnolia Stories

Magnolias are majestic and magnificent. I love magnolias!   Magnolias usually appear in late March in north Florida, fading by June. The sensual blooms suggest both passion and fragility, turning brown as they age. These magnolias come from my daughter's garden....

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The Tricky Mind: Writers’ True Confessions

Why Do Writers Write? What About Writers’ Block? What is Hypergraphia?   Dr. Alice Flaherty answers these questions and more as she investigates the mysteries of the writer’s mind. Both a medical doctor (MD from Harvard Medical School) and a PhD from MIT,...

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500 Hats and My Fifth Year Blogging

Five is the magic number this week: I have arrived at the 5th anniversary of my blog. And as it happens in the Land of Even Numbers, this is my 400th post. Magical! In 2013 when this blog was birthed, I posted twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays. As writing my...

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The Boy Who Grew Too Small: Author Cliff Tells Why

Author Cliff narrates the story of his creating The Boy Who Grew Too Small . . .    The Dream One night I dreamed about a boy who started shrinking because he began smoking. Why such a dream, you ask? I had just learned that the Florida legislature had won a case...

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Have a Heart

Missing a Heart A tornado whirling through Kansas, whisked Dorothy and her dog Toto to the magical land of Oz hoping to meet the Wizard in the Emerald City. As they progressed along the Yellow Brick Road, they met three creatures who lacked something important: a...

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Not Lost But Gone Before, Hope’s Message

A little church in Alabama with rough-hewn walls holds a glittering stained glass window with this expression: Not lost but gone before.   The saying in golden glass ends with a period though it’s not a complete sentence. Yet those five words reflect on a real...

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Wordless Wednesday: Imagine a World

              February is Brotherhood month, often celebrated in schools, and in state and national ceremonies. Any such celebrations in your neighborhood? What does the body language of Garfield and Odie suggest? If you created a...

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Lessons from the Bisque Salt and Pepper Shakers

Do you procrastinate? Are there unfinished projects lying about in your house? Years ago in graduate school at Florida State University, my husband Cliff made these bisque-fired salt and pepper shakers. He says creating the shakers was a side project back then,...

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Ten Secrets from my iPhone Photos

The Confession As of January 5, 2018 I had found 3768 photos on my iPhone along with 158 videos. Gasp! When I began organizing the host of photos, none of the pictures were tagged with subject. Only an image number identified each photo (IMG_2548, for example). And...

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Moments of Discovery: Warm Muff and Cedar Chest

Frozen America the national weather channel announced this week! After the calendar flipped to 2018, the temperatures in north Florida dipped way low. Low by Florida standards of course. On Thursday morning, January 4, Jacksonville International Airport temps reached...

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My Word! It’s 2018

Last year 2017 was an eventful year for us. Hurricane Irma surged through Jacksonville in September dumping loads of water and downing trees. Son Joel here was determined windows on our property would be secure. He had strong intention, believe you me!   INTENTION...

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You’ve Got Mail: Cliff Writes Letters

Norah Ephron wrote the screenplay for You’ve Got Mail in 1998. Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, the film features two business rivals who can’t stand each other in real life but begin falling in love via online mail boxes.     Cliff Writes Letters to Me Internet...

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Our Un-Mystery Trip: Cumberland Island

When our oldest grandsons were nearly 4 we took them on a mystery trip. “You are going someplace special, but we can’t tell you where,” we said. They were completely befuddled. Cartoon bubbles above their heads might have read, “What’s a mystery trip? Is it safe to go...

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Do You Know How to Hygge?

What is hygge? (pronounced HOO-GA) Think coziness!  A soft blanket A book beside a crackling fire A soothing drink A lighted candle A (real!) Danish pastry A stroll alone or with friends   According to lifestyle journalist Helen Russell who writes in The Year of...

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Giving Thanks 2017

A children's chorus gathers to wish you Thanksgiving blessings. Click just below to hear this rendition, less than 2 minutes long. https://youtu.be/857F4ngV8TY Thank you, dear reader, for gathering around our virtual table here every week. I'm so grateful that we have...

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