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Living like a pig

The pig was relentless. His snout was buried in the mud. The pig  was searching for worms.  He would not give up. There were two black plastic dishes full of grain in his pen, but he wanted the worms in the ground. The pig kept digging his snout in the ground. To relent is to give […]

It’s okay to start small

  The oak tree was in the middle of a strip of grass between two parking lots. There were thirty stalls on each side. Four rows of cars in the sun, divided by a strip of green, and a tree. It was five forty-five in the evening when I saw the tree. The shadow was […]

I am not

I am not my house. I am not my husband. I am not my debt. I am not my children. I am not my past. I am not my cancer. I am not my parents. I am not my mistakes. I am not my… I am a child of God. I am forgiven.

Three beautiful things

  Yesterday while my husband slept, I noticed the gold on his left hand. His wedding band. He has never taken it off. His wedding band and mine match. They have a beaded edge. My friend has chosen to see beauty in the midst of a stressful day. She  wrote three things she was thankful […]

A can of King Oscar Sardines and a cell phone

When I left the house today, I patted my back pocket to make sure I had my cell phone. Yes, I did. I could feel the phone in the back right pocket of my jeans.  I was on my way to a meeting at church. They were serving dinner. When I arrived at church I reached […]

Romaine Lettuce – Item #4640

Tonight I will make a salad with Romaine Lettuce grown in California. I bought it last night. In my refrigerator are other heads of Romaine Lettuce  that I should eat first. I don’t know where those heads of Romaine were grown. They are silent about the dirt they were grown in. Tonight I want to eat […]

The worm on the road

  The ground was wet when I went for a walk at six this morning. It rained last night. I saw an earthworm on the edge of the driveway. The worm was moving in the direction of the road. The flower bed the worm  came from was behind the worm. Was the worm  going to […]


  This afternoon, when I was cleaning out my closet, I found a magnet. The magnet had one word on it. but A little word laying  beside my black velvet sling back shoes that I have worn only once. I looked up the definition of the word.  But can be a conjunction, a preposition, an […]