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Getting a New Puppy
It didn't work out. An elderly friend of mine (most of them are elderly or getting close) decided she wanted a dog to keep her company, maybe. She saw an ad for some adorable designer puppies, at a reasonable price. A designer dog isn't a purebred, but a combination of two purebreds, like a Maltese and a Shih tzu...
A Time to Discard
I have resolved to read more and discard more. Recently I was reading some familiar passages of scripture in Ecclesiastes 3 that begin: There is a time for everything And a season for every activity under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die A time to plant and a time to uproot...
Everyone Is a Painter
I'm not an artist. I don't know how to paint. But poet Oliver Wendell Holmes contradicts me. He said that life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. Those words popped out at me when I read them this week. Holmes suggests that all my life I've been painting a picture...
If we are lucky, a special Valentine comes along. Cupid flings an arrow and we become smitten as never before. But there are other kinds of Valentines that touch our lives. Maybe they don't cause the heart to pound, but they exude pure love just the same...
Unforgettable Movie Stars
During the cold 15 and 20 degree temperatures, I've been staying home, keeping warm. During that time I've watched a lot of Turner Classic Movies, mostly black and white. I've been surprised how many of the stars I have recognized. Their names just popped into my head, both actors and actresses...
Chili Crusted Chicken
I got a new recipe book in the mail last week. I must say I am a bit disappointed. There are a lot of good tips in it, such as why you need to drink more healthy beverages instead of soft drinks and tea. Water, the book says, is your best choice for keeping your body hydrated. It can even keep your appetite in check...
Life With Feathered Friends
When I was a little girl I used to visit my grandma Adams who lived near a railroad track and the levee. A couple of doors down from her house was an old brick house with a long wide front porch. I was intrigued by the house for a couple of reasons...
A Sense of Humor
I like a person with a sense of humor. A study finds that a "sense of humor" is the quality most attractive to women. I agree. On Thursday I made a phone call and dialed a wrong number. I asked if I was speaking to Wal-mart. The (business) man who answered said, "No, but we have a greeter."...
Ditch New Years Resolution Day
We have rung out the old year and we welcome the new year. It's time to relax and enjoy the start of a bright and promising new year. To many Americans the ball dropping at Times Square in New York City is the beginning of the new year in this country...
Best of Peggy, "Did You Make a Vow?"
Okay. Here's the deal. I don't make a lot of New Year's resolutions....maybe a couple each year. The first one I made last January, I broke in January. Actually, I have a bad habit. No, not smoking. I've never smoked. I bite my nails. Now that I've said it, maybe I can break it...
Silent Night, Holy Night
Oh, Holy Night. We picture the eve of Christmas as serene, peaceful, calm. Everyone is cozy and warm, by the glow of the fireplace. Outside the snow is softly filtering, blanketing the countryside with awe and beauty. The air is crisp and cold in this winter wonderland...
Two Wooden Cedar Boxes
It was a special Christmas, a memorable one. My husband and I decided to spend Christmas in Georgia with our daughter, son-in-law, and our two grandchildren. Our son would stay behind in Arkansas and watch over our country house and an Appaloosa pony, Flicka....
Gifts to Avoid for Christmas
I'm not advocating that you don't buy any gifts this year. What I'm saying is, there are inappropriate gifts you should not buy. They are "do not buy" gifts. Husbands should not buy a Swiffer for his wife. No matter that the advertisements tout it as the greatest cleaning mop in the history of our nation; it is not what your wife wants to unwrap this Christmas...