Shifting into Monday

I realized last night that I have now lived in Michigan longer than I lived in Louisiana on my second round. Of course, I lived my whole childhood there so it’ll take a while to surpass that. I’m starting to feel like I have a full life here. I have things to do with friends […]

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Snap… and It’s Here

A cold snap came through this week. It was still 75 degrees yesterday, but with the low humidity I opened up my windows and let the breeze blow through the summer cobwebs and stale air-conditioned air. The cool respite is a reminder that fall is coming, the crowds are leaving and apples are ready for […]

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Adventures with an Aging Ashok Part 2

Ashok received her first acupuncture treatment about a week and half ago. I’ve been seeing gradual improvement. She seems excited about walking again, and the old spark is back in her step. It’s not a puppy-sized spark, but it’s improvement just the shame. There is a field next to our house and her habit since […]

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Re-Playing Tiny Dancer

I can’t get it out of my head. I saw Rocketman on Saturday. The rolicking, exhausting biopic musical about Elton John’s life has me replaying Tiny Dancer over and over in my head. I did the same thing with Rocketman on Sunday. His music is the music of my youth, but it’s also poetry that […]

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Adventures with an Aging Ashok

Ashok really never recovered from our winter hiatus this year. Last summer she ran with me (at least once up to 7 miles) and seemed to do fine. I walked her some in the winter once the ice started accumulating but not nearly as consistently as in the warmer months. I got my exercise at […]

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In the Wake of Change

I just started a new job. I’m in the middle of the first few weeks of adjustment. I walked into a meeting the other day and realized I didn’t know anybody in there very well. It was weird. All of a sudden I feel like I’ve been assigned a new family, and I have to […]

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It’s Coming

“It’s coming,” Michiganders say as they scrunch their face and chuckle. The end of July signifies the countdown to the end of summer here in Michigan. This one was short, too. We were wearing sweaters at the end of June. This morning I wore a light jacket to walk Ashok. It’s coming. You can bet […]

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More Than a Cup of Joe: Sacred Grounds

I have somehow been appointed to be President of the Purdue Alumni Association of Southwest Michigan. “Congratulations,” my friends say when I tell them. I chuckle because it’s like any volunteer commitment. Somebody asks if you’d do it. You say yes and then immediately start questioning what you got yourself involved in. But it’s been […]

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Sunday Night Check-In: A Michigan Summer’s Bounty

It was hot yesterday. It was Louisiana hot. I got out in the morning but opted to spend the afternoon inside in the AC washing clothes, cooking, and basically getting my chores done. I made some homemade mouthwash with essential oils and baking soda mixed with water. I love it. It’s simple and refreshing and […]

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Texting

I have a love/hate relationship with texting. It’s great for quick conversations and having fun with friends with friendly banter. I remember the first days of texting with a flip phone, hunting and pecking for each tiny letter to appear on the screen. It was like magic to be able to send messages over the […]

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