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Confusion

It’s kind of hard to know where to begin! There is a downright plethora of issues a blogger could run with today. I mean, turn on the news for five or six minutes and there you go! All kinds of issues to disect and attack from every imaginable angle. So, Iv’e decided to take on the whole lot. That’s right. I’ll begin with our ever evolving health insurance coverage. Or lack of coverage. Do you think banning guns in America is a solid answer to sky rocketing medical costs? And if so, do you think the issues in Iran can be related to the cost of housing in Seattle? I personally believe my religious freedoms are the cause of the aging of America. We had to call the police the other day because of an incident out of our control, and the city sent animal control. The animal control person had a taser. We hid our dogs and the bad guy got away. It was a miscommunication, apparently. Someone got their wires crossed. Happens all the time. Not sure what to make of this, but ever since then my dog quit barking.Now she meows. I was confused. I thought the…

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Who Are We?

  We are a people of free will. We own it. There is an evident problem in our world today in that free will has wandered down the low road. How it ever became unattractive to follow the high road, I will never know. Yet, increasingly, the dark side of human nature is being revealed in all it’s ugliness. We are all responsible for this happening. Not everything is Okay, contrary to popular belief. Not everything is acceptable. Not everything should be tolerated.  We have forgotten how to tell the truth, how to love and forgive and cherish. It breaks my heart that Las Vegas had to happen as yet another wake up call. Put down the cell phone, turn off the TV, go outside and take a deep breath. As see. See those around us that are hurting, that need a friend, need someone to talk to and to care about them. If we extend ourselves even a bit outside the comfort zone, we can turn the tide. But it will take all of us and a lot of time. Let’s put that free will to good use.    

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“You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind”

  There is an Irish saying that goes like this;  “You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.”  This is a truism. An absolute. I’ve done so many incredible things in my mind! If only… I am making a list, prioritizing. It’s about purging the clutter, things that no longer get used, items in triplicate taking up space. Like spring cleaning in fall. It could be that the season of outdoors every minute of every day is over. Now that I am in my house I’m noticing what a bunch of unnecessary stuff there is. My office is a disaster! It’s no wonder I’m not getting my writing done. Clutter clutters my mind. And then there’s the closets, particularly the front closet. What is that baby stroller doing in there? Why are his golf clubs crowding the coats? Who’s shoes are those? Who’s coats are those! And so it goes. I won’t even get started on the cupboard under the kitchen sink. I’m scared to go there. But I’m going to because it’s number two on the list, right after the front closet. Send good vibes my way. I’m going to need them!    

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Laughter

I sat on the beach yesterday with my daughter-in-law and her dear friend and laughed till I cried. Literally wiped away tears of laughter as I witnessed the girls get carried away in the hilarity of their goofy moment. They were beyond comic genius, and the farther they went, the better I felt. Did they sense I needed a little release, a cleansing of pent up frustrations mixed with a dollop of anxiety? Or was it just chance that I stumbled upon “Laugh-In with Tanya and Katherine?” I guess it doesn’t matter, but I’m sure glad I did. Too much time has gone by since I’ve had a good belly laugh like that and somehow, it made every little thing all right. It was even better than a nap, or a glass of wine, or even a massage. My whole being lightened by this dose of all natural medicine. And it was free! No prescription needed! I believe it when science says laughter is good medicine. It’s more. A good hearty laugh can relax, revive, refresh. A good belly laugh releases tension and takes the edge off of difficult situations. Laughter can actually build relationships and diffuse negatives like anger, fear,…

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Changes

  Why does everything have to change? Flowers bloom and disappear quick as the sun sets in Aruba. People burst through the front door of our lives then sneak out the back without a second thought. Beloved dogs are puppies one day and arthritic the next. It’s hard to keep up! My favorite place on the planet is right where I live with my husband and dogs on this rocky Washington beach. But, it’s changing just as rapidly as everything else. The sand is shifting, rising high up our bulk heads. Fall is in the air loud and clear and the water has become so cold it’s almost unswimmable. Almost. Yet, that’s just the small potatoes. The big spud is “who’s living there now?” New people in the old places. Where did our friends go?  Where are the familiar families? How can we refer to “the Sater place” when Beware of Doug and Pat no longer live there? It breaks my heart as it does so many of my neighbors. What a lovely couple and what an amazing family we’ve enjoyed for so many years. The house is stripped bare, an empty shell waiting for the new owner to come…

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Eclipse News

The good news is, I made it through the eclipse without frying my eyeballs out. The bad news is, I was so unprepared, no protective glasses, nothing, so I ended up watching it on the NASA website via laptop. Oh well. It was all very interesting and Lord knows we need a little excitement now and then, so I guess it was a good thing. I made my dogs go for an early morning walk so they wouldn’t be outside when things were happening. I mean, what if they were innocently following the flight of a bird and the bird flew right in the path of the eclipse. Then what? The last thing I need is blind dogs! Not to make light of a serious situation, mind you. I know it’s nothing to mess around with, yet for some perverse reason, I had to rein in the urge to run outside screaming and just look up. Just look up and see what the heck is going on, bare eyeballs and all. Kind of like those people who run and hide from a bad guy only to give themselves up at the last minute. “Here I am! Here I am!” But,…

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Where Have I Been?

It’s Thursday, my usual day to post a blog. The only problem is the last Thursday I posted a blog was two years ago! Guess life just got in the way. Or rather, I invited a lot of life into my schedule which upset the balance and kicked blogging to the curb. Time to regroup. There is actually enough time in every day to get everything done that needs getting done for the day!  So, back to blogging. I’ve missed it. In the mean time, I hope the smoke clears up and our air quality goes back to where it was a month ago. It’s always been one of the best things about living in the Pacific Northwest! Later, Mary Ann

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The Wisdom Tree

Rebecca lay snuggled up to the trunk of the enormous old Oak, eyes closed, her breath as smooth as a satin ribbon. It had been far too long since she’d felt such peace, or rather, since she’d allowed such peace. It was as if she were bundled neatly in a cocoon as the wind whispered soothing words in her ears. She closed her eyes and deeply inhaled the fragrant air. The Oak was a towering giant with limbs stretching out in an all encompassing manner. His name was Your Highness. That’s what she’d named him the first time she made her way bravely through the meadow to climb into the branches and be held in his arms. She was the princess and he was Your Highness. He spoke to her as did the wind and the deep green fluttering leaves as they whipped together in the elements. She felt warmth radiating through her bones and goodness and truth at her fingertips. The bark of Your Highness was hard and grey with deep groves and ridges. Rebecca used to love working her small fingers into the grooves, making her feel attached. She smiled at how different and difficult it was with…

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Hands of Time

  It wasn’t often he had time on his hands. Normally, there was nothing but a shortage. Yet, somehow, on this rainy windy morning, he had time; time to pick and chose, time to use or waste, time to wonder. He studied the clock above the work bench hanging among the menagerie of tools. The hands were long black sticks with arrows on the ends pointing to the numbers on the face. It was an old fashioned clock, the old man thought. A clock much like himself, he smiled. Reaching for the tube of Arnica Lotion, he unscrewed the cap and squeezed a dime size amount into his palm. Ivan slowly massaged in the therapeutic lotion, concentrating on his swollen fingers. His thoughts were on the many half finished projects he’d accumulated, much like all the half finished dreams stored in his mind. Never a shortage of either, it seemed. The hands of Ivan’s had been chubby and dimply when he was a baby busily pushing and pulling and exploring with all the time in the world on his hands. His teenage hands banged on a typewriter, gripped a baseball bat, and grabbed for food every chance they got. They…

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Wake Up!

Every year, the arrival of spring brings a new reminder of how blessed we are to live in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, it often takes an out-of-towner to bring the stunning beauty surrounding us each and every day of our lives, to our attention once again. Do we take it for granted? The mountains; towering and snow-capped, Puget Sound and Lake Washington and all the other spectacular bodies of water encroaching our land, land so lush and green and rich. Do we take it for granted? The fresh seafood; crab and salmon and oysters growing wild in our backyards. The farm fresh deliveries of lettuces, squash, beets, onions, garlic, and kale to name only a few. Do we take it for granted? I know there are times when I do. And then comes along the out-of-towners. Thank goodness for them. They are amazed by the beauty regardless of rain or shine, stunned by the gifts Mother Nature has bestowed upon us as though we must be her favorites. I think we are! As nature yawns and stretches and shakes off the dormancy of winter, so should we. Grab a rain jacket and dirty sneakers and head outside to see what’s…

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