May 20, 2020

‘A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.’ Ruth Bell Graham


A new day

May 10, 2020

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields… Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” Mary Oliver



April 20, 2020

You are my North Star… the anchor I cling to when the clouds darken and the seas roll You are my oasis… the quiet place I thirst for when the desert surrounds me and hope is fading You are my lifeline… the connection I cherish when friends are few and I feel alone You speak […]


Over the top

April 18, 2020

The virus has spurred people to come up with some very creative ways to stay in touch with their favorite sports. The other day a father was seen on TV working with his 3 year old son hitting foam tennis balls in the house. The kid is going to be a fine player someday. If […]



March 8, 2020

From birth…and before, we are all wired for connection.


Love lives on

March 8, 2020

The following is excerpted from the book The Rabbit Effect by Dr. Kelli Harding. ‘In the midst of a January snowstorm, I went to see my mom’s body one final time at the funeral home before it was cremated. She’d died only four days before, and it had been just over two weeks since the […]


Being present is a gift

March 8, 2020

The following is an excerpt from the book Indestractable by Nir Eyal and Julie Li. ’One particular day, the two of us were playing games from an activity book designed to bring dads and daughters closer together. The first activity involved naming each other’s favorite things. The next project was to build a paper airplane […]



March 6, 2020

‘The point is not to see how many books you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.’ Mortimer Adler



March 5, 2020

I am patient… I am kind. Only good thoughts… rule my mind. I have no time to look forward or back This moment…this breath will keep me on track.    


Second chances

March 1, 2020

A not so spry older man had a dream last night In it, he was sitting alone in a park on an unseasonably warm winter day Spring was six weeks away so there were no robins yet, just pesky little brown and gray sparrows intent on eating as much as they could An older man […]


Sweat fest

February 11, 2020

I volunteered to go to the store last Saturday as it seems a bit unfair that Sally is the shopper 4-5 days a week. My charge was to pick up milk, black beans, corn, and some cheese. I also knew that it was time to get some mustard and that a new style/brand was in […]

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Poor Sheba

February 1, 2020

Sally shared an idea with me this morning. It was a recipe from a magazine she was reading and she wondered if I was interested in taking it to a Super Bowl party tomorrow. The appetizer is called Brussels Sprouts Nachos with Pickled Chiles. I had to tell her this story and politely ask for […]

Sofia Kenin, of the United States, returns a shot to Laura Siegemund, of Germany, during the second round of the US Open tennis championships Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)

Watch out world

February 1, 2020

Kudos to Sophia Kenin for winning The Australian Open! I tuned in when the score was 2-2 in the third set. She went down love – 40 on her serve and things looked very dicey. Unfazed, she fought back to deuce and ending up winning that crucial game. Down 15-40 in the following game, she […]



January 31, 2020

I usually fish The South Platte by myself as friends are either working or engaged in other more fruitful activities. Two months ago, I started a friendship near Trumbull that has been growing on each subsequent visit. His name is Duke and he is a full time resident of this tiny hamlet near Deckers. We […]



January 18, 2020

Ms. Hazel came by today to meet Donzie and Minnie. It was a match made in heaven as she immediately fell in love with them and was hoping to take them home for a play day. Today, Hazel is in Silverthorne playing with her pet moose Natasha but we hope she’ll come over again for […]



January 12, 2020

Doug gave a very memorable sermon today. He said that he and probably everyone else in attendance go spiritually flat at times. ‘It’s as if we need to hit the refresh button on our heart to get back on track.’ What a terrific image! Who knows…maybe, if we’re observant, we can try to help friends […]



December 30, 2019

There are days…and we all have them when we’re out of sorts and not in control When…it’s as if someone snuck in at night and extinguished the pilot light of the soul Some find peace in yoga while others take long walks with a friend In the stillness of contented breathing we trust that this […]


Ms . Nat

December 29, 2019

If I can stop one heart from breaking I shall not live in vain If I can ease one heart the aching or cool one pain or help one fainting robin unto its nest again I shall not live in vain Love seeketh not itself to please nor for itself has any care but for […]



December 28, 2019

When the world’s pressing into you and life is hard, I want to know If friends are few and you ache for more from life I want to know When your favorite music no longer puts a spring in your step I want to know If you ever feel lost, Dear Carly and just need […]


Music heals

December 26, 2019

Martin Agee had a great idea. Why not see if abused dogs would respond to music. Mr. Agee is a renowned violinist who has played all over the world. His hunch about the dog’s reaction to his music was on target. He now makes weekly visits to the dog shelter and it’s clear that the […]