How’s THAT for a long blog title?

There is a good reason I am asking that rather weird question. Following our unofficial state poll last week, we have discovered that we’re just sixteen states away from having visitors from every state. (And big Smithellaneous-ish thanks to reader, Kristina Creek, who compiled the data without even being asked!)

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Roll Call

I know I’ve probably done this at some point in the past, but I wanted to repeat it since I know I’ve had a good number of new readers come on board in recent years.

And just what is the “this” that I’m talking about? 

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Wing Watching

February 23, 2015 — 17 Comments

Last summer, I took some photos that I forgot to share. They are especially wonderful to view right now because in the midst of a dismal winter, the vivid sky and green grass are antidotes for a winter-weary soul. The story behind the photos is pretty special, too.

In the months leading up to Sarah’s high school graduation last June, Steve put a lot of time into getting a particular radio controlled plane sky-worthy. His goal was to send it off on its first flight with the gathered, out-of-town family as his audience.

When we all got out to the flying field, my brother-in-law and nephew lent their encouragement and good advice.

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Bright Place. Amazing Grace.

February 19, 2015 — 31 Comments

Joe had just died.

He had died in his own home, in his own bed, just the way he had wanted.

For several years, Joe had gone toe-to-toe with brain and lung cancer and the battle had finally come to an end. Now his cotton-white hair topped a lined face which was at perfectly at rest; his merry, mischievous eyes had closed for the last time.

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Take That, Mr. Grey

February 16, 2015 — 71 Comments

Early one morning about two weeks ago, I stumbled blearily down to the kitchen to find an envelope and a piece of chocolate on the counter.

There are few sights in life that are any more welcome to me than chocolate. And there are few items that rouse my curiosity any more than an envelope with my name on it.

And since there are no rules (that I’m willing to recognize, anyway) about eating chocolate before breakfast, I nibbled the delightsome morsel as I opened the envelope and found a card with these words:

On the first day of Valentines, your true love gave to thee: an evening meal cooked on the night of your choice.

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An Oldie But Goodie (Video)

February 14, 2015 — 17 Comments

I just found this video I made for Valentines Day nine years ago. It was great fun to see how we all looked back in the olden days.

Enjoy–and a very merry Valentines Day to you.  (I’ll have an official Valentines Day post coming on Monday.)

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You’ve heard of the book, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven?”

Well, this post is about “Four People I’ve Met on Earth.”

Seriously, folks. Steve and I get to meet some of the most amazing people in our line of work and I want to highlight a few of them, ending with the story I alluded to in an earlier post about the adopted sister-in-law I’d never met and the guy who has known me longer than Steve.

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My Thumb and I

February 12, 2015 — 40 Comments

Today I had every intention of getting an inspiring blog post written for you  but my week has not been cooperative.

At the risk of going into too many boring details, let me just say that I was sick in bed a couple of days with fatigue, fever, and sore throat. Then on Tuesday (when I was still feeling bad), I had to go to my dermatologist to have her take a look at my thumb.  Over the two weeks since she had removed a wart from just below the nail, the spot hadn’t recovered the way she said it would–it was painful, had turned colors and was continuing to bleed.

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