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Puff


Puff. What do you think about when you see this word? A simple little word stands for many things. If you’re a child of the a60’s, you may remember Peter, Paul and Mary’s song, “Puff the Magic Dragon.” If you click on the link, you can listen to it while you read! Everyone always said the song was about marijuana, but I still just think of it as a cute children’s song for kids of all ages.

Cream puffs melt in your mouth. In the South, custard is the standard filling for cream puffs. But when I was a child, I remember them as having fluffy whipped cream inside.

A puff of cigarette smoke is anathema to someone who is allergic.

You can make beautiful  bubbles by puffing your breath at some soap on a small plastic wand with two open circles in it.

As you’re walking into the post office, a woman walks by. She’s dressed to the nines and you detect a puff of sensual perfume as she passes.

Puff on a dandelion, and it’s tender feather-like blossom blows apart and scatters to the wind.

What other definitions or uses of the word do you know? I’d love it if you’d share with me and my readers!

Today is December 22, 2012, and the holiday season is in full swimg. In nine days, this year will be over. What has it brought to you? What have you learned? How have you grown? What have you done for others? What have you done for yourself? How is your relationship with God? Do you even have one? Do you want one? Why or why not? Hmmm…lots of questions. I always raised my hand when I was in school; I always asked lots of questions. It drove some of the students nuts, but the teachers mostly liked it because it told them I was engaged in the learning process.

I’m still engaged in the learning process, but not academically. Every day I learn something new or see a  fresh way of looking at someone or something in my life.

My life is slower than it’s ever been before, and that is somewhat disconcerting at times. On the other hand, it gives me more time to think and plan, reflect and pray, and to just rest. Did you take five minutes out of your day to thank God for something or someone in your life? Have you ever made a gratitude list when you’re under stress, angry or confused?

Gratitude lists have a way of clearing the mind from negative thoughts. When you’re concentrating on the positive, it’s impossible to also dwell on the negative. You should try it sometime. Just put three things a day on a piece of paper and do it for two weeks. When you start feeling sorry for yourself, being angry or just feeling restless and discontent, look at the list. You’d be amazed at how changing your thoughts improves your life in such a short time.

Puff – a magic word with many meanings. Puff, a whole new day begins. Puff, 2012 comes to a close. Puff, we are here today and gone tomorrow. Puff…just sit with the word. It’s so special. It’s soft on your lips, has a sing-song ring to it, and looks really neat in writing. Grab a cream puff and gobble it down. It’s okay. The diet can start in a few days or a week or two. There’s no hurry really, is there?

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‘Twas Two Days into the New Year


‘Twas two days into the new year and all through the house,

Not a sound could be heard except the click of a mouse.

The stockings were empty and still on the fireplace

The tree was still up and trimmed with great lace.

The cats were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that some mice soon would be there.

Grandson went home and daughter got a job,

While I was still looking for my dad’s watch fob.

Time goes by faster and faster it seems;

The slow days are now just daydreams.

My leg joints ache like nobody’s business,

So I think I’ll ask God for new ones next Christmas!

Thanks for indulging my brief blogs as a poet;

The next ones will be normal, don’t ‘ya just know it?

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‘Twas Two Weeks Before Christmas…


‘Twas two weeks before Christmas and things were stirring through the house

including the cats who had just caught a mouse.

Nothing was hung by the chimney with care.

The stockings were still in the attic, along with the cheap angel hair.

No cookies were set out for Santa;

instead he was getting an old can of Fanta.

The kid was on her I-phone in fun;

the mom was trying to get her blog done.

The tree was outside in a bucket of water;

neither had the energy to bother.

The wreaths were sitting alone in the car,

with hopes that one would come from afar.

As Christmas draws near, it’s a definite sight

to take a peek into this house tonight.

Come back soon for another Christmas update!

Photo compliments of Scott – http://morguefile.com/creative/hotblack

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What Christmas is All About


My grandson 9 years ago at Christmas

That would have made my grandson about five years old. Wow, how time flies. And look at his face, so filled with innocence and happiness. It didn’t take much to make that five-year old boy happy.

On the radio today I heard a woman say that she bought her two-year old Christmas presents worth $200 last year, and this year she threw them out…that they were nearly new.

I wondered, “Why didn’t you donate them to some kids in need? Will you spend that much money on your three-year old this year? What did it feel like to throw away $200 worth of perfectly good toys?”

The radio didn’t answer.

But tonight, the Charlie Brown Christmas show did.

It’s been years since I saw it. Antiques Roadshow (my favorite Monday night TV show) was not on tonight, due to a fund-raising drive. So, I thought I’d watch Charlie Brown and pals.  I watched Lucy try to find out the root of Charlie Brown’s problems for just a nickle. I watched her talk him into being the director of the Christmas play.

And then, eventually, Charlie asked Linus what Christmas was all about, and Linus quoted from the Bible about the night of Christ’s birth.

And bingo. There it was. What Christmas is all about.

How many people do you know who celebrate Christmas but don’t believe in Jesus?

How many wrap presents, bake cookies and watch their kids in Christmas plays without ever reading the Nativity story to their kids?

The lights go on, and lo, they are so colorful. The displays go up in the stores, and wow, what a deal that is.

We dress up our dogs and then ourselves for holiday parties. We put up our trees and make sure all the ornaments are in the right place. We take our kids to see the Nutcracker and stand in line for hours to get that special deal at Best Buy.

I ho9pe you don’t forget my bingo this year. What Christmas is all about. It’s about the one who came to save us from ourselves, to set us free forever, and to love us even when we feel most unlovable.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

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Everything is Bits and Pieces


My two special pieces: my daughter Molly and my grandson Hammie

I am thinking about bits and pieces today. Everything in our lives, as well as our lives, our bodies and our Earth, comes in bits and pieces. Or it’s put together that way. Or not. Sometimes the pieces are huge, such as birth, death, divorce, marriage and so on. Other times, the bits are so very tiny we can’t even see them, such as the thousands of particles emitted when a wood fire is burning or the electricity that is only visible when we see lightning or sparks coming out of the wall outlet.

Today is the day before the 4th of July. That makes it the 3rd of July. I have just gotten out of the hospital again this week. That makes 12 days out of the last 52 that I had a nice little private room, no rest, peanut butter and crackers (no salt on the top) at night, and thousands of milligrams of Prednisone. I had my vital signs taken over and over, three IVs had to be replaced and found out they don’t allow hair dryers in hospitals (at least not here) because of the possibility of a short.

Friends and family called and came by, always making my day brighter. One friend sent flowers, the beauty of which will always remain in my memory. They were yellow daisies and lilies in a short, square vase. Yellow is my favorite color. The bits and pieces of my life in the last nearly two months are clear and cloudy. In between hospital stays, I went to Atlantic City, watched my beloved grandson graduate from eighth grade, swam and walked so much my muscles were sore for days afterward and won $14 (my gambling limit was $25).

A couple of people got angry and frustrated with me, my cats missed me more than anyone else I think (they refuse to leave the room I’m in now, no matter what room!), and my feelings ranged from elation to despair. I had wellness to drop-dead headache pain, watched the rain fall and the sun go down, and now I’m trying everything I can to just STAY well and GET healthy.

I’ve lost ten pounds in the last ten days. I haven’t done it on purpose. It just happened. That’s a blessing compared to the 30 pounds I gained the first time around on Prednisone. Prednisone – a miracle drug that wreaks havoc on your body.

Everything we have materially, all things we say either verbally, in writing or in sign language, and the whole fabric of our life experiences comes in bits and pieces.  Our cloth is made of plaids, stripes, stars, lying down and getting up, music and silence, and warm and cold. We can never predict what will happen each day.

How we go with the river of rapids and pools determines how we feel each day. If we fight the rapids, we’ll probably drown. If we never get past the cool, blue pools, we might not see a tomato plant growing day by day.

There are so many side stories to these last nearly two months of my life. But the most important story is that God blessed me today by giving me these words to share with you. I hope your holiday is safe for and friendly to you. This is an amazing country that we live in. And each day, our lives can be wondrous testaments to that and to life itself, or they can be cesspools filled with bacteria and viruses waiting to eat us alive. It’s really ours to choose. What will you choose today?

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