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Hide Me, Hide You

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Lessons Learned | 0 comments

Hide Me, Hide You

With a glint of excitement in his eye, my 3 year old grandson stretched out his tiny little hand and said “Mon Cinny. Hide me, hide you.” That was the signal that the game of hide and seek was about to begin. My 5 year old granddaughter volunteered to be the first “seeker.” The challenge in playing hide and seek with young children is to hide well enough to make it a challenge, but not so well that they can’t find you. What seemed like only seconds after the “Ready or not, here I come” Dixon found me in the bedroom closet hiding behind a wall...

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Bless Your Heart

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Lessons Learned | 0 comments

Bless Your Heart

In the South, people live by their code of etiquette. They pass it down from generation to generation. It’s the first thing they learn before learning to walk and talk. When driving down the road, they wave at people they don’t know. They pull their tractors off the road to let cars go by. They invite people they don’t know or like to “Come by and see me sometime.” They take farm raised tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, a basket of corn or home-baked apple pies as hostess gifts. They are quick to stay overnight in the hospital with a loved...

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Crabbing on the Severn

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Lessons Learned | 0 comments

Crabbing on the Severn

In Maryland, crabbing season starts three weeks after the forsythia blooms, when the crabs begin to make their way from the deep waters of the Chesapeake to the Severn. Crab lovers anxiously await the event as much as the arrival of the tall ships into the Baltimore Harbor and the 4th of July. There are two stages of crabbing. The first stage is to load the “bait” into a trap or pot, preferably the fish “elwise”, however crabs also like chicken. The trap is constructed so the crabs are easily drawn in to the bait, but unable to escape. Once...

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Boiling Pot

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Lessons Learned | 0 comments

Boiling Pot

Early in their marriage, Cindy and Bill had many discussions about how to cook. The first such discussion involved the process of boiling eggs. Cindy’s process involved putting eggs in a boiler, covering the eggs with water, putting it on the stovetop and turning on the gas burner. Once the water came to a rolling boil, she turned the burner off, put a lid on the pot, and let the eggs sit in hot water for 15 minutes. Then, it was important to replace the warm water with cold water and allow the eggs to cool. Her technique for boiling eggs,...

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You Don’t Know Me

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in What is Love | 0 comments

You Don’t Know Me

Is it safe for you to tell people who you really are? What you think and feel? Will you be rejected if people learn you are different than them? That you disagree with them? Can people co-exist in a world where they are defined by their differences? Just like friends of mine who are judged and often rejected because they are black, gay, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic, and atheist. In a world where they are subjugated to other’s values and what others think is acceptable they are assessed to be sitting on the fringe of...

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What is Love?

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in What is Love | 0 comments

What is Love?

A tiny girl, born with big blue eyes, brown hair and a beaming smile, feels safe. She learns to talk, she learns to walk, she has a lot to say and a lot to do. People tell her how smart she is. Full of life, full of hope, she has sweet dreams. The little girl turns three. She loves to sing and dance. She wants to be a dancer when she grows up. But she starts to notice that people look away when she dances. She doesn’t understand what happened. Why don’t people like her? Maybe she isn’t special after all. She starts to look at herself...

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Thank you For Asking

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Featured Posts | 0 comments

Thank you For Asking

Every day, we cross paths with other people, some we know and some we are meeting for the first time. The greeting is almost always the same “Hi. How are you?” And the reply is almost always the same “Fine.”

What does fine really mean?

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Do NOT Read This Blog

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Featured Posts | 0 comments

Do NOT Read This Blog

If you have spent time around small children, you know that one of the first words they learn to speak, along with “Mama” and “Dada”, is “NO.” Before they learn to say the word, they know what it means and they know it has power.

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