Make New Friends; Keep the Old

One of the very few things I remember from by Girl Scout experiences decades ago was learning this song: “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.” We sang it in a round at most gatherings. My many moves have brought hundreds of people in and out my life. Most are left behind when the moving van pulls away for the next chapter in a new place. I simply cannot […]

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Let Nature Take Its Course

He leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:2b I spent my teen years across the street from Lake Erie. I descend from folks on the Mayflower voyage of 1620. I suppose that is where I get my great love of being by water. I prefer a large lake, but an ocean, river, or pond will do. Fortunately, I live near a flood-control undeveloped area in Houston where I can walk along a bit of water.

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Where Life Leads

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. Prov. 27:1 Work recently took me within an hour of a very dear friend now lives. We manage to see each other perhaps every other year. Visiting with her reminded me what good friends we really are and how much I miss not seeing her more often.

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Make Do or Do Without

I learned this philosophy from my grandmother and had it reinforced by my parents. I grew up in a household that figured if they kept us fed, adequately clothed, got us to school on time and indulged us with a few special gifts once in a while they’d done their parental duties by us. Whatever I lacked – though I wasn’t aware that I lacked much of anything – I more than compensated for in […]

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