other pieces
(a sampling...some published, some not)

 

An Angel In Therapeutic Shoes

Synopsis: When a stroke claimed her ability to speak, she desperately needed to say just two words. Helping an angel’s wish to come true

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An hour to chat

Synopsis: If you could spend one hour talking with anyone, living or not, who would you choose?
This history buff made his choice! 

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A father's undying love

Synopsis: A short but powerful piece about the true meaning of Memorial Day

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We weren't there to surf or to fish

Synopsis: While the beach and I have been the best of friends—the sun, the surf, the
sand and me, we weren’t there to surf or to fish.  

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Suddenly Smitten

Synopsis: Momentarily mesmerized, I failed to notice that we'd previously met.  

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Reindeer Food

Synopsis: Christmas memories…found in an old brown paper bag. .

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My most perfect present

Synopsis: Some memories of Christmas presents past remain as strong today as
they were back in the day.

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God Bless you too, Santa.

Synopsis: A seventeen year old dishwasher dressed as Santa Claus comforts a bedridden
nursing home patient during her final moments.

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Thank you, Mark

Synopsis: Home from basic training, Mark found himself being thanked by strangers for
his service. “I haven’t done anything,” he’d say, but I very much disagreed, after all,
he did so much more  

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Out there on the beam

Synopsis: We wish we could forever keep our children safe, but of course, we can’t. When my daughter began competing on the balance beam as a member of her high school gymnastics team my paternal fears suddenly knew no bounds!  

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Lessons learned from Whoville

Synopsis: After the devastation, who'd have thought a children's
story presented in rhymed verse could have provided such a relevant
message of hope for so many volunteers doing such remarkable things? 

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Camping with Assateague Raccoons

Synopsis: She said I'd love camping on Assateague. She was wrong, but in
time I'd come to love it.

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A winter's walk on Assateague Island

Synopsis:   Being on the island had always been a warm weather experience, synonymous with lounging in a sand chair—a cold beer in my hand while basking in the warmth of the summer
sun, but one afternoon in late December everything changed.  

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An ironic injustice

Synopsis: My son, Michael and a friend saved someone for drowning and for their actions received a summons for illegal swimming.

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Hope's name is Danny

Synopsis: He didn't think twice about saving the life of a stranger; about becoming a bone marrow donor—even as the process prior to donating made him sicker than he'd ever felt before.

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If only it were summer

Synopsis: Dreaming of summer, the beach and the ocean—therapeutic salves for those of us winter-weary souls.

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My most memorable kiss

Synopsis: I was twelve when my crush gave me my first kiss and just a little bit more!

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My father's son

Synopsis: Too often we lament the loss of words left unsaid after the passing of a loved one, but when my dad passed away what remained was far better.

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Thanks a lot, Cancer

Synopsis: Something I never thought I'd say about this topic: Thanks for being my wakeup call; for reminding me how precious life is.

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That's what good teachers do

Synopsis: Today's teachers work within an environment which has been poisoned by elected officials who publicly proclaim the totality of our schools as failure factories—all the while putting their students first and foremost.

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Tracy's kitchen center: 

Synopsis: It was a reluctant reality that this father was beginning to realize—daddy’s little girl was growing up. No longer was I the slayer of her dragons, the great daddy and hero, and still, I celebrated the past while looking forward to the future. 

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Whales on the bed

Synopsis: Parental love is not bound by the restraints of time

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The coming storm

Synopsis: The excitement is contagious and if everything goes as it should, this storm
will rage on, hopefully well into the fall.

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