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  • To my mortification I’ve realized that I have managed to cause a greater or lesser degree of destruction with the majority of everyday items. These items are those which most people can use in absolute safety. While the following list is by no means exhaustive, it does serve to highlight the unpredictable nature of my well-intentioned efforts at daily living.
    Painter’s Tape: I am constitutionally incapable of operating this material without having the strip of tape spontaneously and inexplicably arrange itself into a useless wad.

  • I was sitting on the edge of her bed and holding my 85-year-old grandmother’s hand, we weren’t sad, the ravages of the disease had taken its toll on her and she was ready to go.
    Looking out the window of her bedroom, she smiled and said, “Look, there’s a Monarch butterfly, they have returned once again!”
    From the time I was a kid, sitting on her knee, she told me about butterflies, especially the

  • By the time I left the newsroom I was ready to rip out my hair or stick a hot poker in my ears.
    All day the noise and commotion drove me to distraction -- and it had been a fairly quiet day.
    I was alone in the pod I share with two other reporters and my phone only rang once.
    You would think the quiet would be conducive to a productive day, but I could barely put two sentences together because of the noise and commotion coming from within, my whirlwind thoughts stirring up fears and anxieties I thought I had put to rest.

  • November 6, 1986 (30 years ago)
    A 31-year old Bedford man previously indicted for robbery and rape by a Trimble County Grand Jury has been charged in connection with another indictment.  According to the Oldham Era, Franklin Ralph Roark, Jr. pleaded guilty to charges in connection to rape that occurred at Crystal Lake, LaGrange on July 1 of this year.  

  • I have a credibility problem. The medical profession has an axiom which advises, “When you hear hoof beats look for horses, not zebras.” In other words, look for the most likely explanation and not the unordinary. In my case when I hear hoof beats I think of unicorns! Once an idea is in my head, no matter how unlikely, it captures my imagination and reduces me to a novelty.

  • Every few years I go home.
    Although home for me for the past 25 years has been here in Florida, “home” home is Southern California. My DNA is a combination Valley Girl and the OC.
    Last week I went home to attend my only, and therefore by default, favorite sister’s 40th wedding anniversary party.
    I missed her wedding 40 years ago when I was living in Maine and very, very pregnant with my daughter Alison, who also flew out to California from her home in Maryland, along with my favorite only granddaughter, Caroline.

  • October 30, 1986 (30 years ago)

  • High in the nighttime sky a spotlight cuts through the darkness. The light is a beacon to every feline within a hundred mile radius. Cats and kittens turn their faces toward the beckoning light and travel to its source. The mewing horde is being drawn forth into the night to answer the call of the Cat Signal!

  • Our lives can pivot in a moment. Long held family traditions that you think can go on forever dissolve right before our eyes, all it takes is just one change of circumstance.

  • Today I did not go to Beall’s Outlet next to Publix in Inverness.
    That may not mean much to you, but to me it was a major big deal.
    Lately, I haven’t been able to stop at Publix without checking out the outlet. Even if I park far away I’ll say, “I need to walk more,” and head over to see what’s new at Beall’s.

  • October 23, 1986 (30 years ago)

  • My misadventures in gardening continued this growing season. Last year I optimistically planted a garden because I just knew that horticultural aptitude flowed through my veins. I was wrong. Within short order Garden 2015 began to wither, decay and explode. To this day I have not the foggiest notion of where I went wrong.

  • In my “other” life I am a real estate broker in North Alabama. I consider it an honor that I am entrusted by others to help with one of the most important personal and financial decisions in their lives.

  • This past week I got an email from someone who has emailed me before, always with thoughtful, thought-provoking comments.
    In this one he wrote, “Permit me to posit the following: Why not consider the word ‘Christian’ more as an adjective than a noun? That is, ‘I try to live a Christian life’ rather than tagging oneself with a label that could suggest a holier than thou attitude….”

  • October 16, 1986 (30 years ago)
    The Kentucky State Police have issued a warning that a rapist, responsible for the rape of a Trimble County woman Sept. 23, is on the loose. According to KSP Lieutenant Dan Davidson, police are confident they can bring the case to a successful conclusion. However, police are cautioning local women that the rapist is still on the loose and that in the meantime, every precaution should be taken.