Spring Swap

Spring Swap

Life & Community, Lifestyle
by Susan Sibley Instead of spring cleaning, I had a ‘spring  swap.’ Earlier this fall, I got a new chair in the living room. My cat’s favorite chair, an old comfy red one with down cushions, was forced out into the dining room.   Emma, our chunky old kitty, loved the chair in its new spot.  I however did not. As much as I adore that cat, I wasn’t inclined to decorate according to her wishes. The old chair eventually migrated to the bedroom. Emma managed to find her spot, and all was well. The desk, recently displaced from the bedroom, went to the dining room near the kitchen. That was an inspired idea. Now I had I spot to read cookbooks and dump things without cluttering the dining table,…
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Malbec at Sunset

Life & Community, Lifestyle
by Diana Elarde It is fairly desolate now without cars coming and going alongside me. My chances of catching a ride on a Sunday morning are not too high. Not until the local churches release their patrons in time for the traditional family dinner. If I am lucky, a family will come along, pick me up, and invite me to their home for dinner. This experience is one of the most humbling for me. I could never imagine my own family bringing home a stranger. But village life in Argentina is different. Always it is my hope, whatever family picks me up, that they will share my passion for Malbec, the deeply intense red wine from grapes grown at the foot of the Andes. I have diary of them all,…
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Desert Visit

Lifestyle, Stories, Uncategorized
It’s quiet where I live now. I wake around 4:00 am, because it seems that is what I do now. Lying under a mound of blankets, I usually manage to kick one foot free to cool from the heat in the bed. The windows that surround the bed are open, inviting what little air flow there is to come in. I lay quiet, listening for nothing in particular, but listening nevertheless. The desert doesn’t speak much at night. There are those exceptions when, in the distance, a coyote howl can be heard. Some nights, one lonely coyote call rings out. Occasionally, others reply back. Their howls start out high and piercing, fading away as quickly as they begin. Sometimes their cries are disturbing. Perhaps they stir within me an ancestral…
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The Age of Technology: Blessing or Curse?

Commentary, Life & Community, Lifestyle, Uncategorized
By Karen Gates We live in the Technology Age. Just look around and you cannot help but see an electronic device in operation. I am old enough to remember when this was the subject of sci-fi movies. The brain was encased in fluid-filled glass hooked up to equipment that did all the functions necessary for life. The one thing it could not do was be human any longer. It has been a slow process getting to this point when you consider our existence here on Earth. The exact age of the existence of humans is up for debate since all current methods use unprovable philosophical assumptions. Man has been around a long time no matter how you count it. We’ve passed through many ages along the way. We have the…
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Father’s Day

Editorials, Life & Community, Lifestyle
I check my watch, weighing the time. Just enough minutes to get in my morning walk before I have to shower and leave to get my mother. Once outside, I see the crowd gathering in the park down the street. I approach the park and see people in their running outfits, preparing for a race of some sort. I find a flyer on a pole. It reads: Support our Father’s Day Run, our fathers are important! Ah, Father’s Day. I had tried all week to erase it from my mind. I went out of my way to ignore the cards in the stores, the ads on TV, and, most of all, the dull ache in my heart. It is my first Father’s Day without my father, and I struggle to…
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Shopping for Furniture: Prepare for the Holidays Now

Life & Community, Lifestyle
After a long hot summer, we are finally getting those cooler nights and shorter days that signal the inevitable fall and winter. Kids are back to school, and vacations are done.   Now is the time to start preparing for spending time and entertaining indoors again.   Don’t get caught at the last minute without seating, or a table in the dining room!  It might sound silly, but you may be surprised at how many folks wait until November to make big purchases.  By ordering now, you can take advantage of the few months needed to really get what you want.   Better than that, you can spread your purchasing dollars out by not having a huge bill for a new dining room set coming at the same time as those holiday bills.…
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