Shower

She gave me a quiz where I had to choose between two things. Like saying, “Shower or bath?” and I had to answer with the one I prefer. Except her choices of two things were designed to really make me reveal things. I wasn’t happy about it, but we were on TV and I felt like I had to go along. When she asked . . .

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I Ran

I ran for the school board. Then I ran for the city council. That went well so I ran for county commissioner. But when I ran for state government, I lost my footing. There was too much money involved, too much power at stake. It no longer felt like public service, it felt like corruption was the rule and honesty was a mistake. That was when I quit running.

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One Thing

“Everything’s wrong and nothin’ ain’t right,” is a line from an old song about singing the blues. I know people who live that line, live that life. I wish they’d find one thing to be happy about – one thing that sustains over time. No a new bauble, but a life-affirming thing that’s right about life. That’s my wish.

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I Saw

I saw the full moon rising over the Sandias, their pink sunset glow washed out by the blazing light of the moon. It took but minutes for the complete circle of light to rise above the mountains. It took but minutes for me to stop, watch, and reset my heart. Sometimes it’s easy to find peace. It helps if you’re outside.

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I Gave

I gave to the United Way. I gave to the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. I gave to the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. I gave to Go Fund Me. I gave to nonprofits and charities. I gave to funds for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and fires. Then I gave my taxes to the US government.

All that giving helped others, but my taxes help me.

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The Switch

It was that time of year. Time to make the switch from hot coffee to iced coffee in the mornings. Iced coffee was cold brewed overnight and ready immediately on waking in the morning. An advantage, you see. Instant caffeine. Hot coffee involved waiting for water to heat, waiting for the coffee to brew in the little french press. Agony, you see. Yes, iced coffee time was a welcome time of year.

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Mad

I used to love terrifying movies. Remember the one about the mad dog Cujo? That little kid trapped by a rabid dog? These days horror stories don’t have the appeal they used to have. Why?

Do you outgrow the need to feel terror at make believe? Modern life is a horror in itself, but plenty of younger people are still avidly watching horror films. Let’s take a survey: how many older people still enjoy horror films?

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Sad

The sad eyes of the burros broke her heart. She refused to ride atop one to get up the cliff. No, she would find another way and not mistreat a burro in the process. Since riding a burro was a favorite thing to do there, and many tourists did it, her protest probably went unnoticed in the grand scheme of things. But I remembered it because it helped me understand how sensitive she was to the inner lives of animals.

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Glad

“He was a mean son of a bitch and I’m glad he’s dead.”

I didn’t know my grandfather. Nobody, including my mother, ever spoke about him. One time I asked my Uncle Dave about him. That was his answer.

When something like this lives in your family history, how does it affect the generations that come after?

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Funny

She was such a funny kid. The youngest in the family, the clown. She could make me laugh until I face ached and my stomach would have laughter abs. That was what made her a hit with everyone, all those smiles and all that joy. Priceless, she was.

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