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gardenias and birthdays

Last week on the Tuesday before Holy Week commenced, I walked into my empty house and the scent of gardenias was overwhelming. At first I went from room to room smelling and wondering if someone accidentally left a candle burning.…

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  Oh friends, there is so much to be grateful for. I awoke at 6am and accompanied by my faithful friend Cody spent a few hours finishing the preparation for today’s dinner. Last night I posted on Facebook the…

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My brother David brought me the two most beautiful potted mums this fall – one bright yellow and the other deep red. Watering one day I noticed one small flower “that was not like the others”  (please hum the…

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catholic school

Max was regaling me with a story of the kids at school and the “family” they have created.  Max is the son, who they enter into boy pageants.  He has one sister, mom, dad, grandparents and aunts and uncles.…

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flower seeds and tiny dancing sea life

  I thought after the barrage of writing this weekend my signs might lay low for awhile. Not so.  Today when I opened my email the headline on the webMD daily update read: STEALTHY SIGNS OF LUNG CANCER With…

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starbucks’ baristas

I left my internist’s office after an hour of crying and occassionally laughing at the absurdity of my life. My doctor, who sees both my dad and my husband (he even used to see my former boss!), knows my…