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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.


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.



Yes, Grief follows its own path.


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.


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