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The little Christmas tree

Around the middle of December, in a snow covered field along a quiet country road, appears a little Christmas tree decorated with a tin foil star and a lone red ornament.  At sunset, a solar battery powers a single stand of white Christmas lights.  Nobody seems to know the mysterious tree owner and most people…

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Frozen

The first winter weather of the season arrived as an ice storm today. Schools closed.  Power lines came down.  Roads iced over.  And the old timer up the road slid his truck into a ditch. Despite the inconveniences caused by the storm, I cannot help but see the beauty of the ice.  

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WPC: The little white church

The little white church in my small town has just a handful of members now.  It has, however, miraculously managed to keep its doors open.  Many of the small churches around here have long been shuttered.  A few have been lucky enough to find a second life as office space or storage. It’s sad when…

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When you come to the edge of all the light you have known and are about to step out into the darkness, faith is knowing one of two things will happen… there will be something to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.

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Colorado potato beetle

Let me just preface by saying… Eww… eeeewwwww… and  EEEEWWWWWWWWW! I now have a new pest in the garden – the Colorado potato beetle, a notoriously hard insect to control.  Anytime I encounter a new bug, my first reaction is to destroy them in the most violent way possible.  Because my flamethrower was out for…

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WPC: Morning has broken

Morning has broken like the first morning Blackbird has spoken like the first bird Praise for the singing Praise for the morning Praise for them springing fresh from the world Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven Like the first dewfall on the first grass Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden Sprung…

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When I start to lose my sh*t…

Going to my Lyme Disease doctor isn’t fun. I’ve never come out of the exam room skipping like a school and twirling my hair, for the simple fact that chronic Lyme Disease is a bitch.  No… it’s more than that.  It’s a bitch on steroids… with an attitude problem and a set of brass knuckles.…

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WPC: details (sectoral heterochromia iridis)

Bright sunshine brings out the details of my sectoral heterochromia iridis (aka my half-n-half eyeball).  It’s a rare mutation that only affects about 1% of the population.  Some say it’s because I ate my twin in the womb.  Others say it’s a sign of royalty.  I’m inclined to believe the latter, so I think I’ll…