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  • Quarantined

    The positives of the Corona virus quarantine: 1. Some amazing staff at Hotel Travis, who, all day long are having to deal with angry people and bombarded with questions that they don’t know the answers to, but still manage to maintain a sense of calm...
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  • C of uncertainty

    Normally, a 15-day cruise to Hawaii would be one of those once in a lifetime dream vacations and our dream vacation was turning out to be quite fabulous, up until a couple of days ago when things took a drastic turn. We were supposed to...
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  • Tragedy, loss and survival

    “It’s the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you be of good cheer.” Well, it should have been, but just five weeks before Christmas, I received a phone call that a friend of mine had died by...
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  • Paradise lost

    “Dad, I can’t make it,” the 17 year old yelled through the phone. Flames had surrounded his vehicle and he would have to leave it if he wanted to escape the flames. He jumped out and started running. His cell phone lost connection, his terrified...
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  • Changes and growth

    As I read through the invite, I could not believe it. Had it really been 40 years? That would make me…uhm, a hell of a lot older then I tell myself I am. Forty years ago I walked across the stage and was handed my...
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  • “What so proudly we”…HELL NO!

    I am angry, embarrassed, frustrated and scared, but proud? It’s not an adjective I would use to describe how I feel about my country right now. Not at all! I can remember the day when my feelings began to change. It was on my 57th...
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  • A sword, an abacus, a letter and a chair

    The sword lies on display on the mantel above the fireplace, a souvenir from Japan bought years ago during the war. The abacus on the bookshelf counts the years (23) since his passing. A letter on the nightstand, quickly accessible to read at any nostalgic...
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  • In your daughter’s eyes

    “You have your mother’s eyes, high cheek bones and big smile,”is what others tell me when I show them a picture of my mom. Inwardly I cringe, wanting to give them a snarky reply, but instead I politely thank them and immediately change the subject....
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  • Mean girls don’t cry

    I walk into the room as the two girls who were having an animated discussion glanced up at me for a millisecond, offered a curt disinterested hello and then turned away in abrupt, awkward silence. This time, I had heard a bit of their conversation;...
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