Category Archives: blessings

Despair and Hope: Hope Always Wins

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What book changed how you see the world and why?”  We’ve discussed favorite childhood books, compared books to their on-screen version, and even listed our all-time favorites, but this question really threw me for a loop. … Continue reading

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Gimme a Shot

Looking at the photos on your phone (or camera, if you still use one), what place or type of event do you tend to photograph most often? Honestly, if you look at my phone, you’ll see a lot of unintentional … Continue reading

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Yes, I’m a Shutterbug

This week’s topic is one I suggested: Looking at the photos on your phone (or camera, if you still use one), what place or type of event do you tend to photograph most often? I’ve been an avid scrapbooker for … Continue reading

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Sister, Staff, and Strong Drink

The past week or so has been a really busy, an unfortunately busy, one for me. I had to take The Sister, who is never really ill, to the hospital; I stayed up all night there with her, then they … Continue reading

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If You Like Pina Coladas…Escape

This week we are asked about our favorite place to ‘escape’, I’d be very happy to tell you about choosing between my private beach getaway and my yacht, that is, if I had them. (What a wonderful dilemma that would … Continue reading

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Bed, Bath and Beyond

This week: If you could remodel/redecorate any room in your house which room would you choose and what would you do to it? One room? Of course you are going to expect me to say the kitchen, and you’d probably … Continue reading

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ODDBALLS’ HALL

My sister had a quirky friend who was trying to describe where something was in a nearby town. It was next to the “Oddfellows’ Hall” but she didn’t really know about them and said that the place was “next to … Continue reading

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Looking Back

    THIS WEEK:  At some point in your past, was there a year – or a significant period of time – that you consider your “favorite” time (or, at least, one of your favorites)? What was going on? I put … Continue reading

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Have you ever started to read a book, story, article, watched a movie or TV show where you realized that the writer had another agenda other than telling a story? In the guise of a story, they only want to … Continue reading Continue reading

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“Picture” This

“Do you dream often? Do you remember your dreams?” I dream all the time. I used to remember my convoluted dreams in detail and relate them to the long-suffering Husband, who would shake his head. (He almost never remembers his dreams … Continue reading

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