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Relationships

Sometimes I Worry That I Don’t Have Enough Friends

While I couldn't say for sure, if I had to guess, I would say this little toad isn't worried at all about making friends. S/he is already quite busy just being a toad, hunting delicacies and staying safe from large ferocious predators (such as me).

This year's holidays have been quite different than those of years past.

In large part, this shift has come about thanks to Hurricane Harvey, a storm which ravaged my birth...
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Sufficiency

Meeting the Big Empty Place Within

I felt very connected to this little snail, which crawled so trustingly right onto a dry leaf I used to "rescue" it from my voracious shells, Malti and Bruce. It didn't know me, didn't realize it was in danger, and didn't ask anything from me. I offered - out of the fullness within.

This is going to sound a little strange, given that I'm just about to turn 47.

But I just discovered there...
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Book Mentors

Evolution or Creation: Why Choose?

My parrot, Pearl, posing with "his" shiny copy of Homo Deus.

Given that we are in December now, and December includes a particularly large number of holidays involving God, I acknowledge it might be an awkward moment to bring this up.

But then again, with this particular subject, I can't really think of any other time where it would be less awkward or potentially incendiary to discuss the ongoing debate between evolutionists and creationists.

Plus,...
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Animal Mentors

The Best Way to Change What You See in the Mirror

I am lucky to keep daily company with a small feathery mentor who always sees "maximum prettiness" when he looks in the mirror! With his help, hopefully one day I can see the same in my own reflected image.

Not too long ago, I looked in the mirror and noticed something strange.

I looked prettier.

In particular, I caught myself admiring my high cheekbones and symmetrical brows (a feat I once thought impossible to achieve until...
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Animal Mentors

My Thankfuls on Thanksgiving

Part of my beautiful family - my parents, our puppy Flash Gordon, and, of course, Pearl.

This has been quite a year.

Looking back, I see how I launched into January 1, 2017, with all of my typical gusto and naivete, assuming this was the year I would finally discover just how the Dalai Lama does 't all that wonderful cheery smiling tire out his cheek muscles?

Now here we are, one month and a day...
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Animal Mentors

A Bonafide Canine Miracle

Our precious two-year-old dachshund, Flash Gordon, relaxing on the couch between heroics.

So it is nearly Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday and a particularly opportune moment for giving thanks, and I just have to share this story.

If you are a "repeat reader" here (and if so, YAY!, THANK YOU!!), you probably noticed our little family has had a particularly challenging year. It is also ridiculously easy to trace back to when the trouble was...
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Book Mentors

Making Nice With E-Books

My paper-loving parrot, Pearl, in the process of "customizing" a copy of my (his) latest book, "Love & Feathers."

I spend all day long typing away on my laptop. It is a nice shiny new MacBook Pro and I love it, but after several hours spent together, enough is enough.

As a lifelong reader turned writer (of books and various other nonfiction-related things), the last thing I want to do when my work day...
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Emotions

Rain PTSD (and other hurricane related things)

What my childhood home (my parents' current home) looks like at the moment, after hurricane Harvey's visit this past August.

It's been approximately two and a half months since hurricane Harvey hit my home city of Houston, TX (along with lots of other cities that were on its ad hoc southern tour schedule).

Yet still, every time the sky opens up and doesn't stop right away - like, immediately, NOW - I am on the...
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Movie Mentors

When Things We Call Entertainment Start to Get Real

Billed as "top flight entertainment," I soon discovered this film was much too real to permit me a moment's escape from reality. -Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Like most people I know, I love to watch movies.

I also have many friends who, just like me, adore reading.

My subject matter interests are varied, to say the least. From raising goats in your backyard to black holes colliding to the birth of mixed...
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