The Gift I received a lovely gift last night. It wasn’t wrapped in pretty paper with a big bow or stashed inside a colorful gift bag with matching tissue paper. It wasn’t like a gift you get for your birthday or Christmas, but, it was a gift nonetheless. The gift I received was silence — … More The Unexpected Gift of Blissful Silence
Sometimes a change of scenery is just what you need. My husband and I had to check on some things at my family’s cabin in the mountains of North Carolina this week. Having been confined to our home in Florida for the past couple of months, it was a welcome break. Spring is just arriving … More Why Being In The Mountains Is Good For The Soul
Sometimes, it’s just hard to leave a place. Can anyone else relate? I have to admit, I had a really hard time leaving the condo we rented in Banner Elk for two weeks earlier this month. I even shed a tear or two. I recall other times I have wept over leaving a place. I … More If Walls Could Talk, What Good Things Would They Say?
For most of my life, the routine was the same. The first thing every morning, my human would take the red leather leash off the hook, attach it to my collar and off we would go. We walked in my neighborhood, at the beach, in the mountains and any other place we might go. I … More My Favorite Walks By Higgins Wilbanks
I just got home from the mountains and I’m exhausted. Not physically, although that hike up the mountain a couple of days before we left was a challenge for my out-of-shape self. I’m talking about being emotionally exhausted. My husband and I spent a couple of days short of a month in the mountains … More The Good and The Bad on the Roller Coaster of Life
Milestone — a significant event or stage in the life, progress, development, or the like of a person, nation, etc. Milestones Think about all of the milestones we celebrate — births and birthdays (especially those big ones like 13, 18, 21 and, of course, the decade years). We mark first steps, first teeth, first words … More She Said Yes! And Other Special Milestones
One More Thing Off The Bucket List Well, I can check off another item on my bucket list. I can now say I’ve been to Oz! It wasn’t a movie set or in a book I read. It wasn’t even my imagination. My husband and I went to The Land of Oz on Beech Mountain, … More A Merry Journey Down The Yellow Brick Road
As much as I enjoy traveling, it’s always great to come home. … More The Best Thing About Travel? Coming Home.
Have you ever wondered where a road went? Have you ever wanted to follow that road to see where it led? There is a road like that where my husband and I vacation. We have never made past a certain point but I’m so curious to see where it goes. Maybe this year. … More The Mystery of the Bend in the Road
In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a story about a different kind of father. I hope you enjoy it! … More Happy Father’s Day Mr. Cardinal