Mailbox Surprises!

We live in the country, and our driveway is long. Going to the mailbox near the end of each day to see “what arrived” is a pretty big deal, and one that our little dog, Gundry, looks forward to each afternoon. Like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. Yes, I know, email has replaced the classic letter, but getting something through the mail can be fun and...
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Invest in Joy

Having grown up in central Florida during the Fifties and Sixties, well before the age of air-conditioning, I came to greatly appreciate an afternoon summertime thunderstorm, as the air temperature dropped about fifteen degrees, and the sound of the rain falling on the tin roof of our back porch generated a peaceful, comfortable sound. It didn’t cost a thing, but somehow brought me great joy....
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The Shop

Dad launched our boat early on a Saturday morning in June at the public ramp in Cocoa Beach, and by late afternoon we docked at our overnight destination, Vero Beach.  For a couple of teenaged boys, the day had been a most excellent adventure. Dad had masterfully piloted the boat south while our neighbor, Bob Boyle, took pictures of the birds of the inland waterway for Life magazine. While Dad...
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Comparing Apples to Apples

When life presents a challenge that requires a difficult decision (like taking the necessary steps to recover from a pandemic), it’s important to minimize one’s emotional concerns and focus on facts. When logic supersedes emotion, better decisions usually result. A technique that has worked well for me is to gather as much information as reasonable in the time frame allowed, identify potential...
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Into the Light

When I was five, my older brother and I built a “fort” behind the living room sofa. We’d hide behind it in the darkness, tightly squeezed against the wall, and imagine all sorts of situations that only we could resolve! Sometimes we battled villains with swords, occasionally we blasted into space to face some unknown evildoer, and often we simply sat shoulder to shoulder to...
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