When We Were Friends

Maybe it was twenty-five years ago. Maybe it was only one. Or two. We were friends, weren’t we? Our children grew up together. We lived next door to each other. Or maybe you were in my wedding. Did you throw a baby shower for me? Where are you now? Did…

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To Those Given Much

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48). This past week I’ve received two messages from friends of friends looking for donations to fund medical expenses. Both of these direly…

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Second Chance Chateau

It’s Over Island A Short Story by Barbara Meyers Chapter Two – Second Chance Chateau Beth McCarthy woke without benefit of an alarm. Morning sun peeked through the window where a light breeze fluttered the lacy curtains. She’d painted the bedroom yellow and with the eastern-facing windows she often felt…

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Unforgettable

How many times have you heard something billed as unforgettable?  How many times have you forgotten that something?  I consider it false advertising, as in the case of E‘s promotion of the Eric and Jessie Game On’s “unforgettable” season finale.  Not only will I personally find it forgettable, because I don’t follow…

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Anti-Social Media

“Support polygamy.  More available guys for the rest of us.” That’s a Tweet I didn’t post.  Couldn’t get the wording quite right.  I thought it was funny.  My daughter was appalled.  I said, “Look at it this way:  if some guy marries four women, that takes them out of the…

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God's Teachable Moments

*5-10-14  I’m sitting outside on my red chair overlooking the golf course.  If the maintenance guy would stop driving by in his noisy cart spraying or whatever he’s doing it would be more pleasant than it is.  Beautiful morning.  I shamed/guilted Bill into going for bagels.  I had such a…

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When I Was A Bully

Her name was Marie.  We were in first grade at a Catholic School in a small Midwestern town. It doesn’t matter where we were or how old we were.  My classmates and I were bullies.  We weren’t just mean we were cruel.  I wasn’t friends with Marie, but I’ve never…

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The Myth of “Happily Married”

There’s no such thing as happily married.  There.  I’ve said it. There’s the illusion of happily married.  A pretense, if you will that we all buy into.  We are all convinced that our marriage will be different, better, happier, than that of our peers, our parents, or anyone else we…

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Happy Endings

(Part One) RN Sahoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:41 a.m. said: Your writing is cynical and negative.  “A coffin should be a mandatory wedding gift for every couple” really hurt me. This was a comment on  http://barbmeyers.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/a-short-essay-on-marriage/ My first reaction to this comment was to laugh.  Not because RN…

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Zip Driving

Recently I discovered my external Zip drive no longer functioned.  The date on the back of the unit is 1/24/2006 which is either the date it was manufactured or possibly its expiration date.  I’m sure many of you tech-savvy individuals, depending on your age, might not even know what a Zip drive…

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