Category Archives: family

Confession Beyond the Car Wash

As a realtor, I feel that keeping my car clean is a necessity. The 2004 Honda Accord that I drove home from the dealership in that same year is still rolling along…sometimes a little dusty, but not rusty like the … Continue reading

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Christmas Star~~Take A Bow!

Today, proper protocol when addressing royalty requires a bow to show respect and honor. I’ve never stood before the British queen, prince or princess, but in 2003 I came close while visiting St. Andrews University in Scotland. Prince William was a student then, … Continue reading

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Identity Crisis Over

Over 35 years ago, I wrote a weekly column entitled, “Etcetera, etc.” As a follow up on my last post, “It’s All About Me, Me, Me…Effie,” I’m including it here. This should prove that the more things change, the more they … Continue reading

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It’s All About Me, Me, Me…EFFIE

From the time I was in elementary school, I cringed at the sound of my name: EFFIE. No one had that name, except Aunt Effie, my mother’s sister. I was named for her. She’s 101 years old now…and she was named for her … Continue reading

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Every January, I print out my prayer list and put it in my Bible. The items listed include prayers for myself, and I’ll have to admit that those items are high on top. Next, I pray for my children and … Continue reading

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A Young Christmas Artist

Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” When my granddaughter, Serraya, drew this Christmas picture, I considered it a childish piece of art…until I looked more … Continue reading

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Under the Tent

Tents have been around since biblical times, but my memory of them only goes back to my childhood. My parents never took me camping, either. Back then, Uncle Bert Smith had erected a tent on the side yard of his home. … Continue reading

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