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The ones who lift you up

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Over the years, I’ve crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, “ain’t worth the breath they draw.”

Many are the times that I have pondered the difference between those who succeed and those who just seem to roll over and give up. Here would be a logical place to say that talent, intellect, ambition, energy and common sense paves the way to achievement while laziness, poor decisions and addictions throw obstacles in the way. Read More»

Parable of the apple tree

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That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn’t turn out well.

It happened last spring. Or rather, it started then. Like many Southern women, I celebrate spring with a bounty of colorful flowers. I’m just like Mama in that. I plant begonias, petunias, diamond frost, lantanas, marigolds, and azaleas in the window boxes, garden paths, and fill the porches with planted pots and hanging baskets. It’s cheerful and homey. I love it. Read More»

Pieces of life’s puzzle

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This happened years ago. Mama was alive then so it’s been seven or eight years. I hadn’t thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life’s journey can be so fascinating.

It demonstrates how life is a puzzle waiting for pieces to be clicked into place. Read More»

Obituary call tree

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Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a long-time friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person but sometimes I don’t have a clue the person ever existed.

“Oh,” she’ll said disappointedly. “I thought you knew him. But you know Sadie, don’t you? Her third cousin worked for him for years. So, you have a connection.” Read More»

Getting rid of the drama

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A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to “let things roll right off my back.”

“Really?” I asked. “And, how is that?”

She explained that her accountant had called to discuss a tax return, due that day after a couple of extensions and told her that she owed $15,000.

There was a silent pause then she asked, “How can that be? We spent more money than we made last year.” I like that logic. If you spent it and don’t have, how can you pay it? Read More»

Loving & hating cool of a/c

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It’s a funny thing. That’s what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I’ll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it’s somewhat sensible.

In this case, it’s my relationship with air conditioning that I’m unable to completely explain to others though I seem to understand it myself.

I don’t like the icy feel of air conditioning in our home even in the smothering humidity of deep summer. It has to do with my raising, as do most things for most people. Read More»

A lifetime of bad decisions

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When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

Bless her heart. She was as sweet as any woman could be but for all the time I knew her, she made bad decisions. I don’t believe that she ever made a choice by looking further out than five minutes. Read More»

Salute to home-makers

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You know how attics are. They’re filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories that you can’t toss away. The other day as I was digging through boxes, bound and determined, to find a dress pattern from 15 years ago, I found a scrapbook from my high school FHA years.

Now, some of you, of course, know that I am talking about a high school organization that stood for Future Homemakers of America. In these days of political correctness – I had to Google this to find it out – it is now called Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Read More»

Why loyalty matters

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When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

But there is one that deeply branded itself in the bones of my being – that of the importance of being loyal in all things.

In those days, the world’s premier stock car circuit was evolving into a national sport from being a Southern giddy-up-and-go. A new cable channel called ESPN and a newspaper named USA Today was giving it coast-to-coast coverage that it had not had previously. Read More»

Haggard’s treasure trove

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life’s challenging times – the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, “It’s always about the story with her.”

It fascinates me to see what the journey of life will drill into our souls and our minds and how it can turn so effortlessly into songs, books, poetry, movies and kitchen table stories that will entertain, provoke and evoke. Read More»