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“Z” is for… Zee End

Grateful April in the A-Z Blogging Challenge

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Grateful April in the A-Z Blogging Challenge I’ll admit. Ever since I wrote my “Y” post, I’ve been agonizing over a word beginning with Z that would be the thing for which I am grateful that begins with the letter Z. And you know what I came up with? Zilch. With this final essay, I tip my hat in fond farewell to the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, that self-imposed writing assignment that has weighed on me like a 300-pound dumbbell across my abdomen, leaving me gasping for air, waiting for someone …read more

Dreaming of “the bigs”

Parents play vital role in son's goal to "rub elbows" with Magic Johnson

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(Ed note: Bakersfield Life Magazine asked me to contribute a column for their January issue. It needed to be relevant to local readers. I am copying it here.)   January is a time to celebrate… baseball. I know — Christmas lights are still twinkling, resolutions are being professed, but preparations are already underway for Opening Day’s first pitch. Ask Bakersfield’s own “little leaguers” of Northwest and Southwest Baseball if January is too soon to talk about it — tryouts for the spring season are just weeks away. And all for …read more

“Y” is for Yellow Cat

Grateful "April" in the A-Z Blogging Challenge

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Some people were born outrageous animal lovers. I was not. My parents granted my brother and me the obligatory pets: a poodle, turtle, parrot, rabbit, and cat. But when any of them died, they were replaced faster than we could dry the tears on our face. “Mom, what happened?” “The rabbit got out and the dog next door killed it.” “(Crying) Oh, no…. Redeye!” “Don’t worry. Here’s a new one.” I looked at the bunny my dad was handing me: it was white and also had red eyes. Huh. I …read more

“X” is for (Not so) X-rated Love

A-Z Blogging Challenge

Yes, I know it’s getting tiresome, my stringing along April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. The month is, what?—almost July now—but I still feel enormous pressure to finish this challenge for a couple reasons. One, I don’t like abandoning such a great, fun exercise meant for my benefit. Two, I suffer extreme guilt because my writing club, positive their president would finish the task, prematurely awarded me this fantastic new coffee mug for accomplishing the A-Z writing challenge. I accepted it in the way of a person who’d just gotten credit for …read more

“W” is for West Coast Haunt Convention

Traveling always produces writing fodder. Always.

Let me begin by saying that I did wash my hands this trip. First time readers may find this a disturbing way to begin a blog post, but my regular audience will understand that my cleanliness has never been called into question–just my travel planning and memory. I have a love/hate relationship with airports. I love them, as they represent adventure, but I also hate them because my presence at airports often scrambles the TSA security team like NFL players over a fumbled football. “Get her!” they might say. “It’s …read more

“V” is for Veterans

"The Cell Phone" - A Memorial Day Tribute

Sometimes it just happens. Whether from being in the right place at the right time, providence, or simply an act of fate, occasionally we get an opportunity to enter someone’s circle of healing. As Rob and I left the movie theater one night a few years ago, my mood couldn’t have been more charitable. We had just seen a comedy, emptied an entire large bucket of popcorn and a bag of M&Ms, and laughed like two carefree kids. As we crossed the parking lot and contemplated our next high caloric …read more

“U” is for Un-believable!

Grateful April in the A-Z Blogging Challenge

No, this blog entry will not be about gratitude. As we make our way to the end of April and the culmination of the A-Z Blogging Challenge, I see that I somewhat failed in my attempt to write one blog post per day due to my traveling schedule. Not one to let trivial things like sleepless nights and day-long bus tours smite me, I am going to finish this challenge, beginning with where I left off… “U.” It will not come as a surprise to my regular readers that I …read more

“S” is for Snuggly Seatmates, Seasickness, and Screwdrivers

Grateful April in the A-Z Blogging Challenge

Yes, I thought I’d blow right past “S” and move on to “T” today for Travel, but that was before boarding my flight from San Francisco to Dallas. See, San Francisco was just a layover. The rest of my trip takes place in Dallas, where I am attending HauntCon — a national convention and trade show for haunted house owners and Halloween enthusiasts. But first, my travel follies, Part 2. It didn’t take long to know I’d be writing an addendum to my earlier post on Travel when I stepped …read more

“T” is for Travel

Grateful April in the A-Z Blogging Challenge

Oh, sure. For those of you keeping track, I missed “S.” But as I sat here in my airline seat, ruminating on a suitable “S” using just the brain power available after two hours of sleep, I gave in. If I miss only one letter, though, do I still win the A-Z Blogging Challenge? Who cares. Today, “T” is for Travel.   I love travel. As many of you know, funny things happen when I travel, so with anticipation of inevitable follies I look forward to my trips. My day …read more

“R” is for Roses

Grateful April in the A-Z Blogging Challenge

In the A-Z Blogging Challenge, I chose a theme because I couldn’t imagine selecting a word from Wordland each day without a method of filtering some of them from the big pool. My theme is gratitude, and I chose it so it would force me to remember to be grateful for even little things. But, during this 26-day vow to put the rest of my life on hold, I haven’t always focused on small blessings: God’s voice is sort of a big one that I chose for “G” and I …read more

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