Desert Mornings

Early morning is my favorite time of day in the desert. You can smell the sagebrush and rabbitbrush, the tiniest hint of moisture, and absorb the quiet and stillness. We live in a house with an established yard and big shade trees, but it’s still in the desert. I love to look out the window …

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Perception and Communication

What is perception? And why should I care? By now you’ve probably heard the Yanni vs Laurel recording. And if you somehow missed that, you most likely weighed in on The Dress a few years ago — was it blue and black or gold and white? While these are fun and all, they point to some …

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Walls

Walls come in various shapes, sizes and types. And even though creatures such as termites and bees also use them in making their hives, walls have become a defining element for humankind. Archaeologists get all excited when they find walls at a dig. Why? Because they indicate an element of permanence. Instead of roaming with …

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Grace or Politics

The news has been filled with the story of the guy from Mali who rescued a four year old dangling from a balcony in Paris on May 26, 2018. This is a story of grace. The young man heard a commotion, saw the child dangling from a fourth-floor balcony, and began to climb. He didn’t …

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On Weeds and Wildflowers

There’s an old saying, “Bloom where you are planted.” I remember the first time I heard or saw this, my reaction was, “But I don’t like where I am.” I think I was a teenager at the time. Lots of water has gone under the bridge since then. The first inkling that there was some …

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I Don’t Believe in Coincidence

Whether you call it Coincidence, Chance, Karma, Fate or God at work, things happen. I don’t always see it, or understand it, or even like it, but when certain things happen, I find myself saying, “OK, God, you know what you’re doing.” Let me share an example of what I mean. My husband recently had major surgery …

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Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Everyone who comes to the Permian Basin declares, “Drivers are crazy here!” They are right. I drove a compact car for a couple days recently, and it was scary. But as my husband says, “That ain’t the half of it.” One morning not long ago, I learned that a B-1B bomber made an emergency landing …

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A Cup of Grace

Grace isn’t always obvious. When I was four or five years old, my Grandma Meta gave me a tea set. Made of porcelain, (they didn’t do plastic in those days), it had no maker’s mark, and the blue and white design of birds wasn’t hand painted. It was a child’s set from her own childhood, …

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Easter Gift

It’s Maundy Thursday, and I spent my morning in the hospital waiting room, wondering if my husband would make it through open heart surgery. Holidays have a surreal place in my life. My dad died on the traditional Memorial Day weekend when I was a teen. It seemed fitting, as he was a WWII veteran. …

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