Category: Soul Food

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Day 53/365 Deep Thoughts by Billy

Every night in Boca Grande we gather to watch the sunset together. Tonight’s was spectacular, as they often are. Many of us try to capture them in photos. My brother, Bill, and I were lamenting the fact that pictures never really seem to do the sunset justice. “Remember those scratch and sniff stickers we used to get when we were kids?” he said. “Imagine … Read More Day 53/365 Deep Thoughts by Billy

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Day 51/365 In Life, As In Shelling…

We have been coming to the same West Florida paradise for the last 20 years. One of my favorite past times here has always been looking for beach treasures. The shells here are known to be among the most beautiful assortment of shapes and sizes anywhere in the world. I have spent hours walking the beaches here, scouring for shells, sea urchins and sand … Read More Day 51/365 In Life, As In Shelling…

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Day 39/365 Watch Your Head

“She is a good student…when she’s here with us,” my third grade teacher informed my parents. They looked at each other quite bewildered, knowing I’d been getting on the school bus every day.  Where exactly does a truant eight year old go?  She went on to say, “Her head is in the clouds most days, I’m afraid. I have trouble bringing her back from … Read More Day 39/365 Watch Your Head

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Day 29/365 If Dandelions Could Talk

This dandelion caught my eye on a forest walk last summer. You may have noticed by now my love of metaphors. To me the dandelion is a perfect one for how we can begin to label things in our minds as ordinary, not worthy of our attention – even as nuisances.  However, when we stop to really see them, we may find that those ordinary, … Read More Day 29/365 If Dandelions Could Talk

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Day 22/365 Risk

I have had quite a bit of experience this year with the unexpected happening. These have  not been situations in which I took risks that didn’t pan out.  Rather, these were situations in which I had become comfortable with the seeming stability of things, and was swiftly, and sometimes painfully, reminded that there is no such thing as certainty. When a person has been rocked by … Read More Day 22/365 Risk

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Day 17/365 Briar Patch

I grew up right up the hill from a beautiful nature preserve called the Norman Bird Sanctuary.  Dad always enjoyed walking the woodland trails there, and would take us often as kids. He would say that the woods were his church. My love of the woods was born of these excursions with him, and as an adult I find them to be very healing … Read More Day 17/365 Briar Patch

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Day 16/365 Armpit Heart

One of my girls handed me a warm, soft, beautiful heart, made of beeswax. “This is for you!” She beamed. “Oh, that’s so sweet,” I said, “Thank you!” “I warmed it up in my armpit!” she exclaimed. “Oh, um…lovely?” We giggled, but I was thinking… (Stay with me, especially if you love metaphors about armpits – and who doesn’t?) Is the beeswax heart a … Read More Day 16/365 Armpit Heart

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Day 15/365 Nourishment

My dad was unconscious in the ICU for about ten days.  During that time, I would be there with him for long periods, often overnight.  I would come home to shower and sleep, and I had very little thought of food.  Sometimes I would come home to find that friends had left me soup, a casserole, cookies, fruit, energy bars, my favorite coffee…not to … Read More Day 15/365 Nourishment