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March 28, 2018

Many moons ago the Universe contrived that the Captain and I would not spend Christmas together that year.

I scoured the stores far and wide for a suitable gift to send with our eight-year old daughter who would travel to visit her dad.

I finally found, what I thought, t...

March 26, 2018

I’m old school.

I loathe reading electronically.

Ergo, I detest reading on Kindle.

But when you’re traveling, Kindle is a Godsend.

Four print books plus a loaded Kindle, off I went on holiday.

For ten days.

Five days later my print books were history.

With five days to go.

Ent...

March 23, 2018

Let’s be quite clear. I was in no mood to be wooed. Or charmed. Or flattered.

I was in no mood to make social chit-chat.

I was, in fact, not in the best of moods.

  1. I was in the throes of mastering the satanic intricacies of a new computer and Windows 10. (Yes, yes, I k...

March 21, 2018

I hoped I’d helped here and there through my stream of conscious thought ramblings.

But I realize I’ve come to help myself.

  • I’ve had to face old demons.

  • And mistakes.

  • Bloopers and blunders.

Even if I didn’t transcribe all those thoughts into words and the...

March 19, 2018

These last couple of days I caught myself humming the above line to the melody of -

“And so this is Christmas,

And what have you done….

Another year older,

Another year Gone.”

I’d decided at the start of Lent to do something different this year. Read: Doormats and More

And I...

March 16, 2018

I’m back to that “Day to Remember” in Nicaragua. 

We’d stopped to learn how to make tortillas. Which would become our lunch.

A small reddish-colored dog caught my eye as we left our ox cart and walked towards the house. His head tilted as if in a friendly welcome.

Then I...

March 14, 2018

He did not fail me.

John 6:70  

“Have I not chosen you?

At one point in my life I felt I was called to write with deeper meaning. That my scribblings about my “Crusade to Hug a Stranger a Day” should, well, should be about more than Hugging a Stranger a Day.

I felt I shoul...

March 12, 2018

Another year has rolled by.

Grief is a strange and wild and unpredictable animal.

You may think you’ve tamed it.

You may ride it confidently.

But then, in a moment of its choosing, it will rear up.

And leave you in the dust.

Bruised.

Bleeding.

Yes, Grief follows its own path.

Y...

March 9, 2018

My thoughts spun in crazy circles as I stared down into the Volcano Masaya.

It was our last day in Nicaragua. The thought of saying goodbye to the family clouded the magnificence of the moment.

I see so little of them.

But that volcano.

No, it’s not extinct.

Just dormant.

“T...

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