Surprise

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If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.  ~ Frank Lane

The thunderstorm came rolling in, and swept across our town.                                            The winds were blowing through the trees; the rain was falling down.

I sat relaxing on the couch till it was time for bed.                                                                        The rain and wind lulled me to sleep as I lay down my head.

Woke up early to go to the gym, swiftly horrified                                                                      During the entire storm my sunroof was opened wide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crab Traps

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Memory… is the diary we all carry about with us. ~ Oscar Wilde

The car was packed and ready to go.  All the essentials were in place: crab traps, bait, weighted lines, net, lunch, four sleepy kids, and two tired parents. We set off before the rising sun was even beginning to think about peeking through the night sky.  By dawn we exchanged our station wagon for a weather-worn rowboat and carefully set out on the Chesapeake Bay.

It seemed like an eternity before Dad had the wire basket crab traps set – each one carefully tied to a bobbing gallon milk jug. Then he’d rev the engine, and we’d glide over the water like an airboat in the Florida Everglades.  He would find the perfect spot and quiet the motor.

Each of us had our own space at the side of the boat.  In turn we would cast our lines overboard hoping for a bite.  The whole family sat quiet and still (which was VERY unusual for us) and waited and waited and waited – baking under the noonday sun.  At last someone had a nibbler on their line.  Slowly, very, very slowly they’d pull up the line.  Mom or Dad would stand poised with the net ready to capture the prize.  Everyone stopped, holding their breath until the crab was safe inside the bushel basket.

On occasion the net keeper would have poor aim and miss the basket sending the crab scampering around the boat’s bottom.  This caused some of us to scream and rock the boat. We’d eventually fall into giggles when the catch finally reach its intended destination.

All too soon it was time to collect our loot and return to dry land. Once on terra firma the car was pack with the essentials: crab traps, weighted lines, net, and dinner.  Four sleepy kids and two tired parents headed home with another memory traced on their hearts.

New Year’s Eve 2018

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I am looking back with love not sadness.
I am moving forward with hope not fear.
I respect the traditions that have come before
while remaining open to the coming new year.

I have no regrets; they serve me no purpose.
I made decisions the best I knew how.
To fret and worry over what has been
prevents me from enjoying the now.

I will look ahead and not behind
at the start of each new day.
I will be thankful for the experiences
and people I meet along the way.

 

More Than Enough

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Atelophobia – the fear of imperfection, of not being enough

Be kind to yourself.
Use your “company” manners.
Don’t let your own mean words
derail your journey.

Change the tapes
that play in your head.

I should have, I didn’t,
I can’t, I won’t, I’m not…
good enough
pretty enough
thin enough
smart enough
athletic enough
rich enough

ENOUGH ALREADY!

Look into the mirror,
past the imperfect skin,
not quite white enough teeth,
too thin or too full lips,
unruly eyebrows.

Keep looking into your eyes,
deep into your eyes,
into your soul
into you.

Who do you see?
A dreamer?
A creator?
An innovator?
A finisher?

Be that person.
That’s who you are –
more than enough.

Play Ball!

sol  #SOL18 Day 29    Phillies

Baseball was, is, and always will be to me the best game in the world. ~ Babe Ruth

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. Opening day brings me back to growing up in Philadelphia at a time when home games were only broadcast on the radio. We would listen to Richie Ashburn, By Saam, and then Harry Kalas on transistor radios sitting outside on humid summer nights. From Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park, from Mike Schmidt and Tug McGraw to Darren Daulton and John Kruk to Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, and now Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins, I have loved them all. This is my ode to Opening Day.

Grapefruit League
Bullpen
Diamond
Dugout
Field
Homeplate
Mound
Boys of Summer
Bat
Ball
Cap
Glove
Helmet
Spikes
Heart of the Lineup
Bunt
Catch
Pitch
Slide
Steal
Throw
Ducks on the Pond
Curve ball
Change-up
Fastball
Knuckleball
Off-speed
Slider
Pennant Race
Fly ball
Grand slam
Homerun
Line drive
Pop fly
Strikeout
Play Ball!

Free Time

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Given that many of us work more than eight hours a day and five days a week, that free time is precious. ~ Michael Allen

I am free today.
I can play today.
I just don’t know what to do.

One voice says “could.”
One voice says “should.”
Which one should I listen to?

I have a “to-do” list.
But there’s things I’ve missed.
Don’t want to end up feeling blue.

So I will do a little of this
then a thing that I miss.
The best of both – it is true!

 

Brain Blank

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If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. ~YoAlfaaz.com

What to write, I just don’t know
One more day then to break I go.
You’d think I’d be happy, excited and glad.
but actually I’m feeling just a little bad.

My head is hurting, my bones feel pain
I wonder if it’s because of the predicted rain?
I’m tired and moody, a bit of a crank.
I guess that’s why I’m drawing this annoying brain blank!