Learning As I Go

Spaghetti Arms

“Look, spaghetti arms. This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine. You gotta’ hold the frame.” Ah, the sweet recollection of the charming Patrick Swayze as he teaches Baby how to dance in the famous movie, Dirty Dancing. Her arms were floppy, and […]

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Not Today, Lizard

Summertime in Florida means inundation with creepy crawlies. Everything I did Saturday involved interactions with some sort of unwelcomed creature. I walked on the porch to get ice out of the freezer and spooked an ancestor of a dinosaur. All I saw was a tail that was way too long for anything I wanted under […]

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Going Forward

“Ok, so I need you to watch for me as I back the truck up. I don’t want to run over anything or get wedged in. So, guide me in, please.” I hopped in the truck and pulled around to the woodshed to load boards for the project my dad and I were working on. […]

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Eating an Elephant

I have been excitedly anticipating this stage in our house building project. This is year five of us attempting to build our own home and we have learned more than I imagined possible. We have been in on every step of this project from footers, rebar, and concrete, to walls, trusses, and roofing. Now we […]

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Real Rain

My dad has a fair-sized garden this year. There is an electric fence to keep the varmints at bay and he regularly goes out and checks on it. Every few days he runs the sprinkler to make sure the plants get the water they need to grow. The past few weeks, rain has been scarce […]

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Snakes

I’m not sure what it is about seeing a snake. I lose all sense of proper reasoning and everything around me suddenly looks like a snake. Branches, vines, rakes, pipes, and ropes catch my attention, making me jump and walk faster. Every sound, every shuffle, every rattle makes me keenly aware of the reality that […]

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Blown By the Wind

He hovered in front of my rocking chair on the porch, slowly flying up and quickly dropping down. At first, I thought he was trying to make his way under the eave of the house, but he darted under there only for a second and then went back into the open. Suddenly a huge gust […]

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Wearing Mama’s Glasses

Playing dress up in my parents’ closet was one of our favorite pastimes as a kid. There was nothing like wearing a ball cap, one of Mom’s button-up shirts, and Dad’s giant rubber work boots around the house. Sometimes we even got into Mom’s costumes and came out dressed as rabbits or clowns. But one […]

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Out of My Comfort Zone

As I navigated bumper to bumper traffic in Central Florida this weekend, I felt my anxiety escalate. The giant bridges with no emergency lanes caused me to grip the steering wheel a little tighter. The extra fourteen lanes around me made me second guess all my turns and lane changes. I was definitely out of […]

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Scatter Your Seeds

I refuse to mow my front yard. Last year I scattered the seed heads of dried wildflowers all over my yard and I have excitedly waited to see where they will come up. So far, the purple, pink, and white ones have made their appearance and this week the yellow ones have come up in […]

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