Were it not for some pretty convincing physical evidence that I did in fact spring from my parents’ combined DNA, I would swear I had been switched at birth. I am almost certain that I am a princess, but on occasion I have great difficulty convincing others of this likelihood. Take husband, for example, [...]
I do. Her name is Jane Shelton, and she teaches ballet in Memphis, Tennessee. I have known her since I was four, when she was a young psychology student at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and I was a rising kindergartner at Church of the Good Shepherd. She danced at Memphis Ballet [...]
Mile two with Teddy Blue:
Not bad for a cell phone camera (and a new, sexy, purple one at that).
As usual, Shakespeare on the Square nearly got away from me. This is typical. I hear the dates and the plays announced months in advance, think I have loads of time to see them, and then they’re nearly gone. This was the final weekend: I’m sorry to say I made it [...]
We are happily home again from another July 4th weekend at our cottage in Highlands, NC. And in case you didn’t know, Highlands is a hamlet in Western North Carolina’s Appalachians, in the Nantahala National Forest. Established in the late nineteenth century, its resident population is quite small—just around 250 families or so—but because [...]
I will never understand the laissez-faire approach to animal care. To my way of thinking, loving and caring for an animal means a great deal more than hoping she won’t run off. This week with Maggie has been frustrating. When she found her way back to us a few days ago she was [...]
Sunday morning, 10:00; partly cloudy skies overhead, air temperature in the 80s, and water at 86. I stretch the swim cap over my head, press the goggles onto my face, and ease in. The first length is cold; when I reach the deep end of the pool, my legs stir up thousands of [...]
7:30 am. Plaintive barking, very familiar and very near. Teddy Blue answers it and trots downstairs to the back door; Maggie is standing on the other side, wagging her tail like mad.
A quick drink of water, and she’s back on the sofa in her old spot. We all go about our morning [...]
This is Maggie (on the right), pictured here with our Shiloh, Teddy Blue. She sauntered into our back yard a couple of weeks ago, through a gate that was left open wide enough for, say, a small yellow lab to squeeze through. We immediately posted “Found” signs all over the neighborhood and the [...]