Mid Year Check UP

It’s July, halfway through the year. Time for my mid-year checkup. In 2020, it was easy to get stuck. Too easy to think: “I can never do that.” Or “It’ll be like this for a long time.” And “What will my future will even look like?” Step #1 to Get Moving So, I decided to…

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Reading the Paper

Duff here. Mom likes to read the Paper. Often, She is quiet, Considering all She has absorbed. Sometimes She explains situations to Me, going into Great Detail. I listen carefully and Keep up. There are times when She is calm, saying, “Oh, that’s nice,” when reading a heartwarming story. But other times She gets quite…

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Water

On my daily morning walk with MacDuff, we pass a ditch with running water. Sometimes the ditch is fairly full, burbling and moving along. Once, it was so full it overflowed onto the empty lot on the corner. And other times, it is simply a trickle. The water itself is usually clear, with a definite…

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Learn and Grow

It’s okay to find problems in things that we like. That’s how we grow. —Ali La Benz Duff here. I like My Life to be smooth sailing. No worries. No fuss. Unstuck. But I have discovered That’s not always Possible. Let’s take Grooming, for instance. (Actually, Mom calls what happens cutting My hairs.) I am…

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Maintaining Your Road

So many signs along the road as I go for my morning walk! Some are about upcoming events (Dance! Friday night!). Others to locate a lost pet, complete with picture, description and contact number. Then, there are road signs. Dead End. No Right Turn on Red. School Zone. But the one that intrigued me was:…

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Want to be More Resilient?

Alongside the dirt road, a cedar tree grew for many years. It had endured rain and snow, sleet and hail. Heat was of no matter, for it had long ago acclimated to that temperature. Its roots had traveled deep into the earth, where it was sturdily anchored. But one day, a powerful wind swept through…

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Trees

Enjoying the Little Things . . . on the Mountain As I went on my walk yesterday, I began to delight in the pleasure of paying attention to trees. So many kinds, shapes and varieties of trees here on the Mountain. I can recognize them by their bark, their leaves, their height. But to really…

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