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The Uninvited Guest

I looked out the window one morning to see Longmont transformed. White covered the grass, the sidewalk, the driveway – enough to make a Hallmark card, not enough to make a blizzard. It was the sort of landscape that inspired … Continue reading

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Holding On

Pets have a way of making the holidays unforgettable. There was our long-ago cat Twinkle, for example, who discovered the joys of Christmas-tree tinsel. She not only lived, she shared the results in glorious Technicolor behind the television for all … Continue reading

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Faster, Higher, Weirder

At long last, it’s time for that display of peace, unity and brotherhood that arises every four years – namely, coming together to hunt down the creators of those presidential phone surveys and dropping them off a cliff. No, I … Continue reading

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Up And At ‘Em

For Missy, all the world’s a trampoline. It starts with a smile, a sudden drop, and a shout to the skies. With no effort, Missy’s thin, tiny body falls backward onto an armchair, onto a sofa, onto the bed. BOOMF! … Continue reading

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Joy of the Moment

Missy stabs with her finger as the Christmas lights come into view. “Look … Lookit!” She cranks the volume as high as she can when the Hallelujah Chorus comes on. “Yeah!” She carts her hand-sized Christmas Bear with her everywhere, … Continue reading

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All About That Face

Missy twisted and turned, her hands in the air, her face brilliant with delight. Her knees bent to the rhythm, then straightened, then bent again. “Yeah!!” she called out, laughing and bouncing as the energized voices of the Face Vocal … Continue reading

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Furnishing a Marriage

The stage contains a balcony and literature’s most famous lovers. They seem considerably older than we remember them. “Romeo, oh, Romeo; wherefore art thou Romeo?” “Call me but love, Juliet, and I shall be new-baptized. But take this gift of … Continue reading

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Joy in the Net

At five minutes, the World Cup final stopped being an ordinary game. At a little over fifteen, it became a legend. I don’t use the word lightly. But what else can you say when a U.S. player kicks the ball … Continue reading

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Christmas Presence

“He had eaten most, talked most and laughed most. But now he simply was not there at all!” — J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit”   Every year, my sisters and I knew that to wake up Christmas, we had to wake … Continue reading

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Beginning to See the Light

For the third time in four nights, Missy and I hit the road. And as we drove, the nightly refrain again rang out. “Look a’ that!” Missy’s finger shot out to indicate a brilliantly decorated home and yard, accented by … Continue reading

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