Tag Archives: Nature

River Days

On the last day of school, we traded stiff uniforms for cut-off jeans and t-shirts and made the river our home. With Ingrid at the helm, because she was six months older than the rest of us, we rose early, … Continue reading

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Garden Street

In a small corner of the city, tucked behind the river, behind brush growing wildly across undeveloped land, is a quiet street. Misnamed Garden Way on the GPS, it is lined with trees, ones that were all planted on the … Continue reading

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A Little Peace

Kendall needed a ride to her family’s get together in Marysville, so she bribed Dominique, Natalee, and me to go with her, spend a few hours eating barbeque chicken and macaroni salad, listening to her relatives argue about the details … Continue reading

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Wanderer

We paused on the platform, but Quinton kept going, through the brush, on to the other side of the marsh. His feet landed rhythmically on the wooden planks, leaving behind a trail of creaks and cracks, a light trembling we … Continue reading

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Through Muddy Waters

It was a last minute invite, but I accepted, rolled over and untangled myself from white, cotton sheets. I took a hot shower, packed a bag for the two-day stay, and hopped in the bus, a VW Travis spent three … Continue reading

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What the Heart Wants

People gathered at Hope Garden on Sunday afternoons to stroll along dirt and cement paths, admiring the botanical beauty, whether they had roots in horticulture, were looking for the perfect venue for a wedding or anniversary, or were just intrigued … Continue reading

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Back to Peace

I spoke with Lily the day before she died, our conversation slow, memory awakened, revealing moments we had forgotten, putting together a reel made up of milestones, celebrations, and good times. We laughed and cried, held on to the minutes … Continue reading

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The Light Inside

I was working for the cable company then, taking calls from angry customers complaining about their service, threatening to sign up with our competitors, something we were told to take seriously. “I understand Mr. Hensley. You shouldn’t have to go … Continue reading

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As We Danced on Water

Spring weather summoned us out of the house, its warm and breezy climate chasing the laziness away. “Let’s go to the lake,” Kenneth suggested. “A little hiking? We could rent some jet skis…” “Have a picnic…do some fishing,” I added. … Continue reading

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Rescued

My parents were both veterinarians and used their ranch to rescue horses, nurse them back to health, if possible, and then adopt them out to people who would love them the way we did. What this meant for my brother, … Continue reading

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