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12 Feb

Anthropomorphism is a centuries old tradition of storytelling by giving animals human speech and feelings. Walt Disney was a master of this technique as seen in his productions of The Lion King, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, and 101 Dalmatians to name a few. Walt was able to tell stories about animals in human terms and with strong moral themes. Author Margaret Blount writes in her book Animal Land: The Creatures of Children’s Fiction, “Talking animals seem to be as…..

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01 Feb

Often times during the winter months, people get a case of what is known as ‘Cabin Fever’. Do you suffer from that affliction? According to http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-cabin-fever.htm, cabin fever is “not an actual disease as the name suggests, but rather is a state of restlessness, depression and irritability brought on by an extended stay in a confined space or a remote, isolated area.” The symptoms are often brought on by a lack of environmental stimulation which can have real, tangible…..

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16 Jan

The first time a friend asked me this question on a cold, blustery, below zero January day, I laughed at her.  “What do you mean, have I heard the lake sing yet?”  I asked her.   She finally convinced me that she actually heard our community lake sing, sounding to her like whales in the distance.  Still skeptical, however, the conversation prompted me to research the topic. 

So what exactly is it that makes a lake sing? I discovered that it’s actually the ice that is…..

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06 Jan

Having tinsel on our Christmas tree has been a tradition since I can remember.  It was always the last decoration placed on the tree and the first taken off.  It had to be placed just so, one strand at a time or it didn’t look right.  It took time, but when the final strand was placed, it was a work of art.  It added sparkle, filled in empty spots created by irregularly shaped branches and different sized ornaments, captured and displayed the color…..

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20 Dec

Merry Christmas!

It’s that time of year when our thoughts and minds turn toward gathering with family and friends to sing Christmas songs about angels and celebrate the birth of Christ.  Most gatherings revolve around a table of favorite foods prepared just like others of generations past.  Many of the gatherings usually begin with bowed heads and a prayer of thanks and a hope for peace.

Every year at this time, I really enjoy listening to an original…..

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01 Dec

By now, Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror of 2015 and Christmas is rapidly drawing near.  Which means it’s almost 2016 and time to make New Year’s Resolutions.  According to www.statisticbrain.com, the Top 10 resolutions for 2015 have to do with ‘self’, such as lose weight, get organized, enjoy life to the fullest, stay fit, quit smoking, etc.  But only 8% of the people who make resolutions are successful in achieving them.  

Why?  Probably because they are too vaguenot explicit enough, have no structure…..

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21 Nov

We see numerous stories in the news and on social media on a daily basis that make us angry, hurt, spiteful and mean spirited.  But we can not and should not let that news or those spreading it direct our daily interactions with others.  I tend to look for the brighter things in life to help focus my day rather than allow the negative opinions to impact my vision.

You probably know enough about me by now that you’ve guessed I tend to…..

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09 Nov

I never would have guessed a mere seven days post total knee replacement in early October that I would be in the midst of fighting a diagnosis of having Lyme Disease that affected my Central Nervous System!  While I do not remember anything for at least the next five days, my family stayed by my bedside dealing with the fact that I exhibited classic signs of having a significant stroke.  Thanks to family, friends, at least seven physician specialists, other healthcare professionals,…..

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05 Oct

People have asked me how I come up with topics to write about. The answer to that question is I just listen. That’s right…..you heard me. I just listen. Now you may think I’ve totally lost it, but if you’ve seen the movie August Rush, you probably have an idea of what I mean. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s a must see.

August is an eleven year-old music prodigy, but that’s all I’ll share, as I don’t…..

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27 Sep

It warmed my heart this week to read two Facebook posts by two different individuals from Missouri.  Both were thanking folks in the northern states who were making attempts and positive strides to help the monarch/milkweed dilemma by raising these magnificent butterflies from eggs found on milkweed plants.  They both indicated they are seeing more monarchs on the migration route through their state than they have seen in many years!  Way to go, folks!!! 

As an example, my husband and…..

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