Category Archives: True Story

On Being Uncommon

My nephew was a cigarette smoker for 18 years. He is now a non-smoker for 18 months. Curious as to why he was able to really quit this time, as like most smokers he tried several times but never stuck to it, I asked how he did it and why it worked this time. First, […]

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Pink…for Boys?

While on the hiking trail the humans talk and the dogs run and play. I frequent the trail several times per week. One of my human friends often talks about his twelve year old twins, a girl and a boy. I have never met the human kids, but I know them. The girl is a […]

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Have We Gone Too Far?

Have we gone too far with taking our best friends everywhere? From you, the people who keep my spirit alive every day, I’ve learned although I love my dog, sometimes it’s better for her to stay home. True Story: I was walking in the Costco parking lot heading to the entrance when I saw a […]

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They’re Watching!

Whatever I do, they’re watching, listening, and learning. The other day the news media showed a clip of a young woman driving. She was cut off by another driver and she immediately started verbally ranting and aggressively pursuing the other driver. She then reached for a gun tucked in her waistband. Her actions and words […]

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Something To Look Forward To

I was out with two friends for dinner recently and one was talking about her elderly father who is having some health problems. Serious issues that are physically debilitating and mentally depressing.  She told me how he rallied to show up for his granddaughter’s wedding and his son’s 60th birthday celebration.  He had a great […]

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An Unlikely Roommate

The other day I noticed something pressed against the base of a credenza in my dining room. Taking a close look I saw it was a lizard. Not a small dark green one, a 12 inch yellow lizard with black stripes, very snake-like. Now what?! I tried to gently nudge it in hopes of getting […]

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Find Your Chocolate

What I know is the more I do, the more time I have and the more I get done. My keyboard (piano) has sat dormant for days that turned into weeks that turned into months that turned into years. One day I said I want to play again, or shall I say “learn” as I […]

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Community…Doing What We Can

What I know for sure is when a door closes, another one opens. It’s easier if we work together. About a month ago a neighbor was about to enter the freeway near the University of Southern California. She saw something on the ground and thought it was a small cat or possum. She got closer […]

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Scammed or Anything for Love?

I have a neighbor who is my “go to guy” for questions about things that go wrong at my house, recommendations for repair people, and for interesting and honest perspectives on just about anything. He’s a seasoned, intelligent, informed man and I’m lucky to have him as a friend and neighbor. One day as I […]

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The Deep Work

I love watching sports. It’s so inspiring to see the results of athletes that have spent their lives training to get to the top of their game. As I was watching the Super Bowl a few weeks ago there were numerous players that created memorable moments on the field. Those moments will be replayed for […]

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