Shamed and Feeling Guilty


Mom, August 2014, on our most recent Mother/Daughter trip I never thought of Mom as “elderly,” until now. Recently, reality sucker-punched me hard in the form of sheer terror and helplessness. Mom and I are two peas in one pod, so to speak. We are best friends. Every year we take a mother and daughter […]

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Appreciating My Dash


Shortly before my dad passed away, he said, “I never thought I’d be like this.” I watched as he struggled to breathe, even though oxygen aided him. With his zest for life used up like a holiday candle, and his wick of life all but gone, God continued to bless him. Not many men that […]

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Confessing


Through my years of barbering, I’ve heard many confessions. I’ve commented and offered advice on some, while others, well, let me say that I could “write a book” and leave it at that. Regardless of how trivial a confession seems, confessions are difficult, nonetheless. For most, myself included, saying “I’m sorry” is difficult, but it […]

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Counting Socks


A friend told me to “find humor” in my mom’s move. I am happy to report that I found it, counting socks. At least once a week Mom and I take things to her new home, unpack it, and reorganize it. It’s not only a physical workout, especially for me, but it’s also an adventure […]

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Celebrating Life


(Photo Credit: Laura Davis-Mullenix) When my cousin Laura posted these flowers on social media she said, “I picked these from my yard yesterday. Thought I would post this to encourage everyone that “SPRING” still does exist. I’m glad I picked them as they would be gone now.” While these daffodils are beautiful, it’s the vase […]

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Waiting And Anticipating


It’s finally here! The time of year most, if not all, of us have waited for  –  spring! That is, according to the calendar. It’s been a long, cold winter, too, hasn’t it? Even the folks who are not accustomed to the bitting effects of old man winter donned a heavier coat and scarf this […]

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Sensing Loss


(Photo Credit: Permission granted by Cynthia Angeles) (“Grief” oil painting by Cynthia Angeles. http://paintingsbycynthia.com) The past few weeks I have seen things that I have not seen in years, and I mean years. For instance, Mom and I opened the cedar chest last week. She wanted to see if there was anything in it that […]

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Embracing The Light


 (Photo Credit: Terry Ogden) There’s just something euphoric about the dawning of a new day – everything awakens  – the darkness fades into the light, and the old becomes new. I could never, nor would I want to, live in a world where darkness prevails. The darkness can overwhelm, can’t it? And it is during […]

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