A scimitar moon hangs in the blue-black sky as I drive home. A train passes silently along the tracks, silently because I’m cocooned in the van. Lights shine from inside the cars, warming the night, and although it’s merely a commuter train, it plucks memories from my heart, memories of trips to visit my grandparents in California.
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Tags: magic, memories, musings, personal, photo, train travel, travel
Tags: aging, animals, horses, imperfections, Love, Missouri Foxtrotters, Wordpress prompt of the day
The WordPress prompt of the day is….
Imperfections — in things, in people, in places — add character to life. Tell us about an imperfection that you cherish.
I have plenty imperfections of my own, but this post is about the imperfection of my horse, Sunday. You see her every time you see my gravatar. She’s a Missouri Foxtrotter, which means she has a gait that, instead of the usual bumpy trot, is so smooth that you could ride forever. It’s the epitome of that rocking chair feeling. (more…)
Tags: animals, childhood memories, children, family, horses, memories, old photo, personal, ponies, riding
I may have inherited my love of horses from my dad because I don’t remember a time when I haven’t loved horses. I knew where all the horse books in our library were and I read them all. I think I learned to ride through reading those books, because I didn’t take any lessons, but I seemed to know how to ride instinctively.
I wanted nothing more than a horse. I wanted one enough to put up with, and enjoy, the occasional rides to no- much-of -on bored horses at a nearby stable, rides where the horse couldn’t be forced into a trot without massive amounts of kicking. I didn’t get a horse until much later but one day someone came by our house with a pony and my parents paid for my brother and me to have our pictures taken on it. That is definitely a look of pure happiness!
Tags: all things literary, Bella Tuscany, books, death of a character, Francis Mayes, Italy, memories, musings, Robert B. Parker, Robert Urich, Spenser, Spenser for Hire, Under the Tuscan Sun
My chair, my woman cave, is surrounded by books, my full teacup, iPad, Kindle and other necessities such as my cell phone, in case someone actually calls. I’m re-reading “Bella Tuscany” by Francis Mayes for the umpteenth time. Yes, I’m one of those people who re-read books. Most of the books I buy are books I’ve already read, books that I plan to keep, cherish and re-read many more times, whether in real book form (my favorite), Kindle (especially lovely for travel) or both.
This is the story of two books: one, part of a small series that I love; the other, part of a series I loved, then left. (more…)
Tags: animals, anniversary, birds, Blogging, family, foxes, Friday Fictioneers, friends, memories, miscellaneous, musings, Nature, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania barn, personal, travel, writing
Today’s (Tuesday as I write this) is my one year blogging anniversary, so I want to take the first part of this post to say thanks to all of you who read, “like”, and comment regularly, irregularly, or even just once. I remember wondering whether anyone other than my family would ever read one of my posts and how excited I was when I got my first non-family “like” and then my first non- family follower. Now I enjoy hearing from many of you almost every day and I love that! (more…)
Tags: cities, Dante's Inferno, death of a city, factories, Gary Indiana, life, Mad Max, memories, miscellaneous, post-apocalyptic, rings of hell, urban blight, urban deay
We drive into Gary, Indiana at dusk on a cold, grey winter day, the lack of color a perfect fit for the post-apocalyptic desolation that surrounds us. Empty buildings with broken windows or yawning holes in the walls. Gaping, empty lots filled with trash and the winter carcasses of plants. No pristine snow to lend an ephemeral impression of beauty. The few stores crouching behind their metal barricade of gates. I expect Mad Max at any moment, searching for gas or revenge. (more…)
Tags: babies, children, Christmas, Christmas Eve, family, humor, just for fun, memories, miracles, personal
I know some of you (Randy, Rich, probably Ted) have tuned in thinking, “Wow, a story about getting plastered at Christmas!” Much as I hate to disappoint you, it isn’t that sort of story. And no one even got pounded (fortunately.) (more…)
Tags: best friends, Chistmas presents, Christmas, friends, friendship, gifts, life, memories, music, organization, personal, Victor Hugo quote
This true story is for my best (female) friend. You know who you are. Merry Christmas!
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.
― Victor Hugo
They were introduced after church…our new music directors, a young couple with impressive credentials: one with an excellent voice, one with impeccable piano/organ skills, both with different but complimentary people skills and a desire to build a wonderful music program. They announced, as is always announced, that anyone who liked to sing or ring bells was welcomed to come to practice for choir, bell choir or praise team. I thought I might try praise team. (more…)
Tags: Bible, Christmas, gifts, Jesus' birth, Luke, memories, Merry Christmas, miscellaneous, the Christmas story
2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
A merry and blessed Christmas to all of you, your family and friends.