The Cobbler’s Kids Have Shoes, or How I Wrote a Short Story

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Grandma, Writing | 2 comments

My grandmother was known to have a saying for about any situation. One of the many I heard as a child was “The cobbler’s kids never have shoes.” Once I figured out what a cobbler was, that saying started to make sense to me. Maybe it was a painter working on Grandma’s dining room and talking about how his wife had wanted her own kitchen painted, or the carpenter fixing her steps and talking about the bookshelf he hoped to build for his kids....

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A Fresh New View

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in travel, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Most of the time when I drive through the downtown business district of Elkin, I’m passing through on my way to somewhere else. I drive past the small businesses, the offices and the restaurants on my way to a meeting at the library, or to drop off a kid at guitar lessons, or just to get from my house to the movie theaters in the neighboring town of Jonesville. Yesterday was different. Rather than hurrying to a specific location for a meeting...

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Running for My Mental Sanity

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in work-at-home | 2 comments

Yesterday I went for a run. It was 60 degrees and sunny, and I decided not to let that beautiful day slip by without me getting out in it. This time of year, when it feels like the sun starts setting at 4:30, I love the fact that being a freelancer allows me to get out in the middle of the day, even if that means I’m proofreading after supper. While jogging by the neighbor’s yard where their new cow was resting in the sun, I also reflected on...

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Gardening Goals

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Family, Gardening | 0 comments

When Bill and I were newlyweds living in Greensboro, we were invited to supper at the home of a couple in our church who had been married quite a bit longer than we had been. I’m sure they had us over to help introduce us to people in the church, or to get to know us better since we were newcomers. I know we had a good time, because Mr. Hull was a great storyteller and always a lot of fun. But what I remember most about that evening is their...

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Wild, Wonderful Nature

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Gardening | 1 comment

I happen to live on a few acres of land, and while I try to keep a somewhat manicured lawn and garden up by the house, most of the rest of the property is left to its own devices. Trees fall down in the woods, blackberries grow along the right of way, and sometimes things like this pop up beside the driveway. I saw it start to grow and was going to pull it up, but Bill said to just leave it and see what happened. As it grew, the thick, spiny...

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