Seasons and Celebrations

Sept 23 It's the Big Guy's birthday.  Today our family is celebrating him, but I've also come to see this day as the demarcation of the seasons. It's not just because his birthday coincides with the second day of fall, but because his favorite birthday dessert is not cake.  It's apple pie, preferably made with apples from our own tree.  It's only after a few cold snaps that the apples start...

In the Beginning

Everyday is a beginning, and in the beginning, it's always murky - sometimes even dark.  Beginnings still take determination and fight - whether it's a new run or another day toward a new life.  It's not until the first bead of sweat breaks that the rhythm of the trail or the day takes over.  It's self-sustaining until the exhaustion that must come does, but when it passes, what is left...

A Banner Routine

I wasn't exactly pudgy in high school. I doubt any of my friends would have called me fat, but I doubt I was the only girl who looked in the mirror and wished they were skinnier, taller, more like the faces staring out from the magazines. I was hardly model height or weight or anything else, but looking back, I can hardly believe how hard I was on myself.  I'm sure I wasn't alone there either....

Worth Waiting

It was supposed to rain that Thursday, but as the time for the parade drew closer, blue took over more and more of the sky. The Big Guy was working, as he does most years on the Fourth of July.  As they do most years, our plans for the day included chores and little else. The little else - a homemade, hometown parade along a mile and a half stretch of the main road of our town of 300 - is the...

Worth Repeating

The willow trees near the main road are sending out shoots of yellow green, and it's clear the mountains are about to explode in a myriad of greens.  For now, though, the daffodils and the tiny sunlit green dots on the trees cast a glow over our small town.   The Dairy Bar is open now, and people are stopping in for ice cream after Little League or for a sunny batter-dipped dinner after work....