Category Archives: The Boys

Five Photos, Five Stories #1

A fellow Virginia blogger, Suzi, has invited me to participate in the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge described thusly:  I am to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction … Continue reading

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Life’s Little Luxuries

Little sister and I were hiking on Sunday when conversation, in between huffing and puffing, turned as it sometimes does to things apropos of nothing at all. Mary brought up the subject of indulgences, the little luxuries that help make life … Continue reading

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Thank You

No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful.           Caleb C. Colton Many thanks to each and every one of you who has reached out to me since Berkley’s death. Please … Continue reading

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My Fragile Circle

“We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way.”        Irving … Continue reading

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Dogwood Days

When we bought our old house, it was called “Eveland” after the former owner. Somehow I didn’t think “Barbland” had quite the same ring to it, don’t you agree? And besides, I had a backup name I’d been carrying in my pocket … Continue reading

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Shady Ladies (and Max)

For some of us, surely, the serenity of shade gardening—as the counterpart of sun gardening, with its festive mood—is just what the inner doctor orders.” – George Schenk    in The Complete Shade Gardener If anything ever happens to this … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Nighttime is a subject better left to real photographers with real cameras. One of these days, I want to try my hand at working with an actual camera and lenses. In the meantime, and strictly in a sense of fun, I … Continue reading

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Flying First Class

Earlier this year, I posted about the first of my Personal Principles – Try Kindness First. I do mean to get to the other nine one of these days. And you may remember the Tennessee Seven. One of those seven rescued Westies got … Continue reading

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I Wish Westies Were Ugly

Or at least not so darn cute. Maybe so many of them wouldn’t end up in rescue if they looked like this:   And I wish ad agencies would stop choosing the Westie as their adorable pitch-pup for whatever brand … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

Between. Capture something in the middle of two things. It can be a person or object, or simply the space in between. I was gardening on the opposite side of the house when I heard ferocious growling and excited barking. The … Continue reading

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