Rescuing Barbie

I was reminiscing the other day about my childhood toys and wound up telling a silly story about G.I. Joes and Barbie. Like most young girls, I had dolls. My brothers, like most brothers, had an army of G.I. Joes. While reminiscing, I reflected on one particular play memory, when Barbie got captured by a…

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The pursuit of happiness

America’s wealth may be stealing its happiness. According to a new book by Guy Finley, America may be the wealthiest country on Earth, but its citizens don’t even make the top ten when it comes to happiness. Third world countries – including Mexico and Guatemala – have declared more happiness than American citizens. I’ve no…

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The measure of success

There are 334 people in my e-mail address book, four doors in my car, three sets of spare sheets in my closet and nearly a full tank of my somewhat overpriced gas in my car. We have 15 Iowa Newspaper Association plaques on the wall at the Dickinson County News. One of them actually has…

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More insect problems

This morning, I had a spider in my hair. I was driving down the road, and felt my hair being tugged a little funny. Normally, I wouldn’t think anything of it: the wind tangles my hair daily, my puppy thinks the blonde strings are a fun toy, and I’m always getting my hair caught in…

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The power to stop time

Do you ever wish life came with a pause button? I decided recently that if I were to choose any superpower in the world, it would be the ability to make time stand still. How often do we wish for just one more minute with someone we care about? One more chance to review a…

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Widen your world

I’ve always been a stargazer. This time of year, when the constellation Orion is at its brightest, I walk with my head in the sky and consider hauling the telescope out of its winter hibernation. I suppose I enjoy the comfort and consistency of the stars. It was under a blanket of stars that I…

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Peaceful Spring Sunsets

I sat outside on my deck the other day, breathing in the peace of a spring sunset. The purple of the moonrise glowed from behind me as the red orange sun was sucked below the horizon. I wondered just what it is about the peace of nature that calms me so. It’s beauty? Simplicity?  Complexity?…

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One smart donkey

Once in a while, I’ll run across a story worth sharing. I’ll go on the record saying it’s not at all an original, but it’s one of those modern parables, and it’s one I like to pull out on those days when it seems like the sky is falling in on me. My aunt forwarded…

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Star people

I’m a star person. I don’t know if that’s kin to being a people-person, or a cat-person, or even a morning-person. But I do believe I’m a star person. I like stars. I collect star poems, books containing references to stars, and often find myself gazing up at the amazing starlight at night creating my…

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I thought of you the other day

I thought of you the other day as I walked along. I remembered your smile when we first met – the way the corners of your lips turned ever so slightly when you gave me your name and tried to pronounce my own. I remember the light in your eyes when you spoke of your…

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Someday Isle

“Have any of you ever heard of Someday Isle?” asked songwriter and author Douglas Wood at the Little Swan Lake Winery last weekend. Although they didn’t realized it yet, nearly everyone in the cozy audience learned they’d spent some time at Someday Isle. It’s an interesting place – or more like a state of mind.…

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Blue-eyed Hope

Some nights as I lie in bed, I see a set of six-year-old blue eyes staring up at me. They’re sad eyes – knowing eyes – of a boy who had the weight of the world on very young eyelids.

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