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I scanned the crowd taking in what was a sight for sore eyes; a crowd of women in every rendition of the “classic” purple dress. Sitting atop their heads like crowns, were bright red hats of distinction; some had feathered masks on top, while others demurred with dainty southern bows. We shared a collective chuckle when I asked,” Who in here has white, off-white, or crème walls…”, and slowly the majority of the hands began to rise. While sharing this…

What is in a Signature?

I placed my hand on the brick and let my finger trace the name. It was simply Jane with no last name written in a scrolly cursive. This name had to be signed when the brick was wet as there would be no way to scratch a perfect signature into dry brick with a chisel. With eyes closed, I imagined hot Florida nights on this vast sprawling porch. Jane and her friends probably sat in the swing waiting for the…

Sea Creatures

The jaws of the shark crunched down on my leg and I was silent!  I felt my hands hit against his slick and rubbery flesh and then everything went black. I opened my eyes to darkness and the air around me was cold. Taking a deep breath seemed difficult and painful as if my lungs had not been expanded in ages and then I heard the snores and soft snorts of children sleeping in the next room. Breathing became more…

House Beautiful Inspiration

“Mmmmmmm…This is good!” I said with a big smile on my face as if it were the best thing since sliced bread. Regan looked at me with a big happy grin and said, “I made it myself, one for you and one for Uncle Scott.” I took another bite of the slightly soggy torn bread combined with sunflower seeds and mildly wilted minty tasting greens that looked like lettuce but tasted like mint. “Well!” I said a little exaggerated, this…
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