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Save the UFOs!

I was a kid in the late 1970s when I first saw Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It was fascinating to me, the idea of UFOs visiting the Earth. It became a small obsession. Anytime I was out past dark, I was scanning the night skies for signs of weirdness – flashing lights, lighted… Continue reading Save the UFOs!

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Show and Tell

The church fellowship hall was crowded that night. Near the kitchen, the long tables full of snacks were picked clean. Ladies of all sorts were gathered, talking the good talk of quilting. Thread, patterns, needles, fabric. Once in a while you could hear the ooohs and aaahs of someone admiring a quilt in person, or… Continue reading Show and Tell

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Happy Accidents

I’m not much of a planner. I’m more of a “let’s try it and see what happens” kinda gal. As a result, my life has been a long series of happy accidents. Moved away from home, met my husband a week later. Called an old friend for lunch, got a job. Went to church for… Continue reading Happy Accidents

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Reasons to Buy a Longarm Quilting Machine

Are you considering buying a longarm quilting machine? It seems to me that every quilter, at one time or another, will at least think about buying one. Even newbies, like me. In fact, despite my lack of quilting experience, I bought a longarm quilting machine just over a year ago. Since then, I’ve given a… Continue reading Reasons to Buy a Longarm Quilting Machine

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Live and Learn

Although the conference room was large, seating forty-five in a pinch, the air was stuffy. The ninth-floor windows were non-functional, so no hope of a breeze was to be found there, although my eyes seemed to think so by the way they kept drifting that way. Perhaps I was just following the sun, like a… Continue reading Live and Learn

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Magical Bed Making

Are you feeling a bit out of control? Stressed? Overwhelmed? If so, I have a super-fast, no-fail solution for you. Make your bed. Seriously. You will instantly feel more in control of your life. You will feel powerful, confident, organized. Dare I say? Grown-up. All from making the bed. Don’t believe me? That’s okay, I… Continue reading Magical Bed Making

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The Robot Needs to Die

My daughters and I like to make up stories. We always have, since they were toddlers. Now they (twins) are fifteen. We’ve slowed down on the storytelling, but not stopped. The other day, I was making up a story for my daughter Grace. The story was set in the future, year 3047. The characters were… Continue reading The Robot Needs to Die