Beauty

From Bombs To Beauty

We built bombs there. Big ones. Torpedoes, actually. The Mark XIV big green was assembled there. At the end of WWI the US Naval Torpedo Factory on the waterfront in Arlington, Virginia was built and put into service. The idea was to prepare in case of future world conflicts. The powerful and terrifying weapons built […]

Beneath The Surface

It’s our new routine…and our happy place. Sitting on the back porch watching the sun rise across the small lake on which we live. Absolutely calm and still, absent of the afternoon breeze, our lake is a polished mirror with perfect reflections of the large oaks, beautiful houses and thick summer clouds that create its frame. […]

The Great Divide

It’s a memory as fresh as yesterday, even though I have made more than forty laps around the sun since then. The scope and scale of what I saw were enormous. It’s expanse and beauty breathtaking. Instantly and simultaneously I experienced both heart-racing exhilaration and heart-stopping terror. Growing up in the American northwest, by age 14 I […]

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks. They are the bane of so many women…more precisely, so many moms. Tiny scars that form because a body is being radically reshaped to make room to bring life into the world. An incalculable amount of money is spent on creams, ointments, and other magic potions guaranteed to erase these tiny scars. But you […]

What Do I See?

She was well-known to men. Hated by their wives. Easy on the eyes and available for a price. To say the least, her reputation had preceded her and it was not pretty. It had been so long since she had been treated with respect she had forgotten what it felt like. Being embraced in love was such […]

The Grind

Sophia, #2 of our 3 Granddaughters, was just post-toddler when she discovered PawPaw’s famous horsey rides. Now this was no normal knee-bouncing pony ride. It was epic–legendary among her older cousins. I bounced her wildly on my knee, her blonde locks flying everywhere as if she had mounted a fleeting steed. Then, at just the right moment, […]

The Last Note

Music boxes. Intricate musical contraptions that you wind up to enjoy their tunes while they disappointingly wind to a stop. I grew up hearing them because they were one of Mom’s favorite things. She had some that looked like decorative art and others that only came out on their appropriate holiday. An especially elaborate one actually required […]

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