Early Morning Treasure Hunt

Wild Geraniums My red-handled garden loppers are a girl’s best friend despite the faded finish on one side and a desperate need for sharpening. I can say this with all the honesty of a dental hygienist whose working time is spent with tiny instruments named Montana Jack, Columbia, Gracey, and MX23. With all their intricate … Continue reading Early Morning Treasure Hunt

An Unexpected Covid Romance Part II

Cindy Bower - During all the confusion of the covid pandemic, life was in a tizzy. My job at the dental office had closed down for six weeks and when we went back, there were still so many unknowns. The news everyday was so scary and negative, with the pandemic and election disagreements. One of … Continue reading An Unexpected Covid Romance Part II

An Unexpected Covid Romance Part I

Valentine's Day can be a two-edged sword. Romantic movies are watched or avoided. Flowers, chocolates, jewels, and special dinners are done in appreciation and love or to meet obligatory expectations, or perhaps even rejected all together. Retailers jack prices into discomfort zones, adding more stress and unavailability on popular giant dipped strawberries and roses. Is … Continue reading An Unexpected Covid Romance Part I

Love Eclipses Spectacular Solar Eclipse 2017 – Reminiscences

Today, August 21, 2020, is the third anniversary of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. I can't even count all of the times I recall that celestial event that seemed like a momentary glimpse into heaven. During these strange times of pandemic, social unrest, and frequent uncertainty, I can't help but recall the complete order of … Continue reading Love Eclipses Spectacular Solar Eclipse 2017 – Reminiscences

April showers bring May flowers or is it April messings bring May blessings

I once resolved to quit the Sidetrack Sister Society but something kept pulling me back. I was off work from the dental office for six weeks of Covid-19 quarantine in March and April. It was a great time to delve into unfinished and even unstarted projects that had been pinging around in my brain like … Continue reading April showers bring May flowers or is it April messings bring May blessings

Grape Vines and their Good Friday Message

April 12, 2020   Easter Sunday Right now it is a Joyous Easter Morn! Halleluiah Christ is Risen! On Good Friday I was cleaning up the final grapevine clippings that Emily and I had thinned out the day before. Pushing one overloaded wheelbarrow of long unwieldy vines after another, I trudged back and forth from our … Continue reading Grape Vines and their Good Friday Message

An Easter Parable of Dusty the Cat

Dusty the Cat straggled into my dad’s life unexpectedly. He looked to be at death’s door.  A filthy coat of long matted blond hair hung on his boney frame and dull eyes peered from his sad face. Dad decided to keep Dusty and make him a shop cat if he lived. Little by little, with … Continue reading An Easter Parable of Dusty the Cat

My Christmas Message from a Stained Glass Window

Christmas arrives in North America just after the darkest day of the year in late December. The turning point when light begins increasing daily, slowly, minute by minute, is significant since Jesus Christ is the source of light, including spiritual enlightenment. Consider John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of … Continue reading My Christmas Message from a Stained Glass Window