The secret success of the magnolia tree

I took the dog for a walk. The act wasn't particularly notable. I haven't been confined to the house for an extended period, or otherwise recovering from some debilitating injury or illness. This isn't a story of bravery. It wasn't cold outside, nor was it overly hot. This isn't a story about overcoming the elements. … Continue reading The secret success of the magnolia tree

It helps if you buy a ticket

John, who was in financial difficulty, walked into a church and started to pray. ''Listen God,'' John said. ''I know I haven't been perfect but I really need to win the lottery. I don't have a lot of money. Please help me out.'' He left the church, a week went by, and he hadn't won … Continue reading It helps if you buy a ticket

It’s all relative

I was honored to present the following on The North Raleigh Rotary Club's family day. In high school, one of my English teachers gave us a creative writing assignment. We were to pick any literary classic and re-write it as a modern retelling. I thought there had been enough adaptations of stories like Romeo and … Continue reading It’s all relative

As luck would have it, we are here

Here's a fun fact to share at your next social gathering: a Martian year is almost exactly twice as long as an Earth year. This means that unless those intrepid explorers volunteering for a one-way trip get creative with their month names, they will spend two of our Januarys, Julys, and Decembers during their new home's … Continue reading As luck would have it, we are here

Who wants some candy?

The hubby and I recently joined a new gym having accidentally forgotten to forget to go on the scale after Thanksgiving. As part of our enrollment we were given the opportunity to meet with a trainer for our free personal fitness assessment / training plan. These meetings are much like the mandatory 'information sessions' you are forced to attend … Continue reading Who wants some candy?