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Gifts More Precious Than Gold

Barbara Marshak, March 5 2024

I’d been granted a gift of time…to a writer, a gift more precious than gold. Eight full days and a small apartment to call my own. I’d won a writer’s residency with a view like none other in the entire world—Devils Tower National Monument. Living in the suburb of Lakeville with a job, family, and endless responsibilities, the wide-open spaces...

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A Woman In Boots

Barbara Marshak, November 15 2023

“A woman in boots,” the man said. His tone was matter of fact yet carried a hint of surprise. He was big and burly, good looking, with shoulder-length, Sam Elliot style silver-and-black hair. We were the only two customers in the Lakeville McDonalds at six-thirty a.m. on a Monday

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The Huntress

Deborah Kastner, October 22 2023

It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something  really, really brave. Mandy Hale It’s late winter and the promise of spring is just around the corner, the time when nature will start to bring back to life that which has been dormant. It’s the gift  spring offers us, reminding us that we can begin again. Part of a cycle...

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Sophie, a Goat and an Owl

Deborah Kastner, October 13 2023

The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to man.  Psalm 115:16 “Someone sits in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago.” I’ve been told this is an old Chinese proverb, or that Warren Buffet is given credit, but today I am going to say my dad taught me this. He used to say, When you buy a house, plant a...

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