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I was born in Arkansas and have lived in a suburb of New Orleans for 40 years. After selling a small business I operated for 15 years, I now work at home with my husband and my cat Lucy as a scopist and proofreader for court reporters.

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  • Depression:  Rethinking My Conclusions
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    Depression: Rethinking My Conclusions

    6 months ago

    I have put up a respectable battle most of my adult life against depression, always thinking that if I could just get past it, I could begin to live again. Now I wonder if it was all bad.

  • Change Is Simply Change
    4

    Change Is Simply Change

    3 weeks ago

    As I approach the big "70," turning 69 this March, dealing with change has become the biggest challenge in my life. Not knowing what surprises and

  • Don't Worry; Be Happy
    3

    Don't Worry; Be Happy

    3 weeks ago

    This is a hub about my most recent episode of atrial fibrillation and about how I learned to stop worrying and fretting about afib and a million other things.

  • Louisiana Fishing
    0

    Louisiana Fishing

    3 weeks ago

    This hub is about yesterday's fishing trip. We ventured father out toward the Gulf then ever before. We caught 15 or 20 rat reds (redfish under 16 inches, not keepers), enough to keep it interesting.

  • Granite Mountain Hospital
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    Granite Mountain Hospital

    7 months ago

    These are my memories of Granite Mountain hospital, owned and operated by Samuel Presley Junkin, my grandfather.

  • Fiftieth Reunion
    7

    Fiftieth Reunion

    5 weeks ago

    High school reunions have gained a bad rap, I think. Mine was fun and left me with good memories of people I may not see for another ten years.

  • Becoming 68
    6

    Becoming 68

    5 weeks ago

    My birthday was March 14th. When I wrote the article about my 67th birthday, I did it on that day. Somehow this year I had no inspiration and decided to wait and let more things come to mind about the past year. Those...

  • Spring in the South
    0

    Spring in the South

    6 months ago

    This is a short hub about the healing power of nature and I've used it as a forum to show off some truly beautiful birds and sunsets.

  • A Story about Artie
    6

    A Story about Artie

    6 months ago

    This is the story of Artie. He made my childhood special and helped me understand the wonders of nature -- and life.

  • Should I Stop?
    4

    Should I Stop?

    14 months ago

    This is the story of two people I had never met before and have never seen since their appearances in my life. They were both in need in different ways. I have tried many times to figure out exactly what my interaction...

  • General, Son of a Feral Cat
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    General, Son of a Feral Cat

    2 months ago

    Thirteen years ago this June, we discovered that the feral cat that had taken up residence in our backyard was not a he, but a she. So we named her Frankie instead of Frank. She had a litter of six kittens under a sheet...

  • Back to Nature
    2

    Back to Nature

    5 weeks ago

    This is a hub about the way nature heals our bodies and spirits and allows us to regroup and face the world again.

  • Till One has Loved an Animal.....
    6

    Till One has Loved an Animal.....

    4 months ago

    This is the story of the opening of a person's heart.

  • Christmas in Arkansas
    10

    Christmas in Arkansas

    5 weeks ago

    "I grew up in rural Arkansas on Route 4. That road is now called Dixon Road. Our house was across the street from Primrose Methodist Church and a few houses down from Granite Mountain Hospital, operated by Dr. Samuel P....

  • The Camp
    2

    The Camp

    6 weeks ago

    We arrived here in Arkansas July 3rd. It is halfway through our trip. The days are drifting by and nature is healing us both of worries and sorrow.

  • Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
    9

    Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

    5 months ago

    When I went for my sleep study, I hadn't a clue what to expect. You will if you read this article.

  • Black Car
    3

    Black Car

    5 weeks ago

    I had a dream about a man in a white shirt and black pants, driving a very old black car. The grim reaper?

  • Fishing
    1

    Fishing

    5 months ago

    After two summers of fishing from a tiny boat, we bought a boat and are looking forward to adventures on the water.

  • Games We Played
    4

    Games We Played

    6 weeks ago

    These are memories of growing up in rural Arkansas in the '50s. It was truly another world.

  • Sixty-Seventh Birthday
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    Sixty-Seventh Birthday

    6 months ago

    These are my thoughts on becoming 67. Maybe they will save someone all the time I spent finally realizing what matters in life.

  • AIDS Volunteerism in the '80s
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    AIDS Volunteerism in the '80s

    5 weeks ago

    This is the story of my experiences with the last buddy I was assigned to before I stopped being a volunteer with people with AIDS altogether. I worked as a buddy to these men during the 1980s.

  • The Draw of the Dark
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    The Draw of the Dark

    12 months ago

    I have written a 12-step programs for depression. These are the things that helped me get well and enjoy life again. They are not easy steps to take, but the rewards are amazing.

  • Arkansas, Beautiful Beyond Words
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    Arkansas, Beautiful Beyond Words

    8 weeks ago

    Although I've lived 40 years in New Orleans and have no desire to leave, I left a small part of my heart in Arkansas.

  • Choking Children
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    Choking Children

    5 months ago

    We must spread the information about foods that children choke on so that every young mom and dad is aware of the risk. One child dies every five days in the United States from choking. Choking is the fourth largest...

  • The Geneva Convention
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    The Geneva Convention

    8 weeks ago

    My husband and I visited Geneva two years ago when the Kiwanis International Convention was held there. I fell in love with the history, architecture, and beauty of the country.

  • Grandpa Lloyd's
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    Grandpa Lloyd's

    8 weeks ago

    When my children were small, we often visited their Grandpa in Arkansas. We took those fun times for granted, but looking back, they were some of our very best times. Arriving after a long drive to a fabulous dinner...

  • Gardening and Me
    8

    Gardening and Me

    8 weeks ago

    I'm often asked: "How do you make things grow?" I haven't always. Many plants have died while I learned what I know about gardening. I have a front and backyard that are full of lush plants now, but that only...

  • Hurricane Isaac Wouldn't Leave
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    Hurricane Isaac Wouldn't Leave

    8 weeks ago

    We were a bit ho-hum about Hurricane Isaac, but after three days of wind and rain, no power, and overall misery, I give him due respect. He did a lot of damage. There is nothing more depressing and frustrating than a...

  • The Mysteriousness of Orbs
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    The Mysteriousness of Orbs

    8 weeks ago

    I thnk light orbs are fascinating. The fact that they're so illusive, all around one moment and nowhere to be found the next, makes them all the more curious. In looking back at old photos, I see orbs that I never...

  • AIDS Volunteerism in the 1980s
    3

    AIDS Volunteerism in the 1980s

    8 weeks ago

    This is the fourth of a series of five articles I am writing about my work with people with AIDS during the late 1980s. Jeremiah was my fourth assignment. He became a dear friend, who was kind and funny and protective...

  • AIDS 1980 III
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    AIDS 1980 III

    6 months ago

    This is the story of Frankie, the third man I was assigned to during my volunteer work with people with AIDS during the late 1980s. Frankie was what I would call a beautiul man, with coal black hair and dark brown eyes...

  • Sunday Afternoon Blues
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    Sunday Afternoon Blues

    8 weeks ago

    This is the story of Sunday, July 29th, 2012. It's about my trip to the park, the man in the tree there, and the stunning black swans. Come take a walk with me!

  • What Is a Church?
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    What Is a Church?

    6 months ago

    Somewhere deep in my subconscious, there is a memory of my mother telling me about a church of sorts that she attended. Some thought it was a cult. She said her parents called it a secret society. It was in the 1920s...

  • Katrina Changed Everything
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    Katrina Changed Everything

    8 weeks ago

    Bad things happened during and after Hurricane Katrina. Desperate people did desperate things. However, the thing I want to remember is that people did heroic things. People put others first and did without so that...

  • The Bow Valley Parkway
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    The Bow Valley Parkway

    8 weeks ago

    I believed that nothing could compare to the mountains in Denver, especially Estes Park. In 2007, Joe and I took at trip to the Canadian Rockies. They are Denver times ten. Not only the mountains but Lake Louise, the...

  • Time Waits Not
    2

    Time Waits Not

    8 weeks ago

    These are my reflections at the age of 66. It seems that suddenly I'm old: not ancient, but old. And it's okay. There is definitely good to be found with age, at least from my perspective.

  • Asking for a Sign
    0

    Asking for a Sign

    5 months ago

    When life closes in, when the day comes that getting out of bed is just a chore, I ask for a sign, for a message that I am noticed and loved. Sometimes the messengers are not who or what we expect, but the message is...

  • BFI Powder
    2

    BFI Powder

    6 months ago

    My father-in-law was a repository of wisdom, gained through years of experience and discernment. One of his firm convictions was that there are two products that will cure anything.

  • Orbs in My Backyard
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    Orbs in My Backyard

    5 months ago

    This is the tale of a night I encountered a glowing red orb of light. I was so excited my hands were shaking, but it wasn't quite what I believed it to be.

  • AIDS:  Volunteer Work in the '80s
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    AIDS: Volunteer Work in the '80s

    7 months ago

    Ritche was the second man I was assigned to during the time I worked as a volunteer providing support to people with AIDS. Blaine, the first man I worked with was a gentle soul and had made peace with the world and...

  • AIDS Volunteerism in the '8Os
    13

    AIDS Volunteerism in the '8Os

    8 weeks ago

    In the late '80s, I volunteered as a "buddy" to five different men who had full-blown AIDS. Other than a short poem, I never wrote about them because there was too much emotion attached to even consider it. When I...

  • Nature:  The Ultimate Healer
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    Nature: The Ultimate Healer

    17 months ago

    My husband began hunting at the deer camp in Strong, Arkansas when he was 8 or 9 years old and still hunts there for at least a month every fall. We make periodic trips to the camp, riding our four-wheelers, fishing,...

  • Ghosts:  Are They Among Us?
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    Ghosts: Are They Among Us?

    6 weeks ago

    Two years ago, Joe and I had two experiences which left us believing that we might have had a ghostly visitor. After the second "happening," all has been quiet for almost two years now. It's a bit of a relief, yet a...

  • Thankfulness
    8

    Thankfulness

    8 weeks ago

    One morning, sitting in my den and watching a crisp breeze blow through the wisteria outside, I began to think of all the things in my life that I am grateful for. The list goes on and on and on, but I wrote the most...

  • Lessons
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    Lessons

    8 weeks ago

    We were in Florida for a few days this past weekend. During the trip, we visited Alligator Point. While there, we saw a wooden bridge that was built over the wetlands. The fact that we couldn't see where it led from...

  • Tiny, a Fawn
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    Tiny, a Fawn

    8 weeks ago

    Last summer, my husband and I were riding our four-wheelers through the woods in Arkansas when he hit a tiny fawn that was lying in the trail. In the span of just a few hours, our hearts were captured by the gorgeous...

  • Prayer at Stonhenge
    5

    Prayer at Stonhenge

    6 months ago

    This article is based on a dream I had about a gathering of spiritual leaders at Stonehenge. In the dream, I was a magician of sorts, who helped organize the gathering. It is about a grand experiment, although we...

  • To Stop or Not
    9

    To Stop or Not

    7 months ago

    This is the story of a pretty much mundane trip to Arkansas that turned into quite an adventure. For one day, I was a hero (not a heroine; the word doesn't resonate) in at least my own eyes and those of one other...

  • The Clock Is Ticking
    11

    The Clock Is Ticking

    5 months ago

    This is the story of how time ended for some of the people I have loved. It is meant to make (me) and all of us realize what a precious gift time is and that it can end abrubtly when the things that we have planned to...

  • Get to the Register
    15

    Get to the Register

    5 months ago

    In the 1970s, I was robbed at gunpoint while working at a convenience store my husband and I owned. It is hard to describe the terror of coming out of the walk-in cooler to wait on a customer and seeing a man standing...

  • Coast of Maine
    11

    Coast of Maine

    20 months ago

    Our trip along the Maine Coast was full of adventures, the most spectacular being the waves Hurricane Bob brought to pound the rocks along the coast and pull the natives perched on them out into the water, breaking...

  • Treasure in the Junk Drawer
    15

    Treasure in the Junk Drawer

    6 months ago

    Throughout my life, I've received signs from someone or something, a watching presence that is somehow aware of what happens with me and when I need help. Some will say they are mere conincidences. I chose to continue...

  • Depression:  The Bell Jar
    122

    Depression: The Bell Jar

    6 months ago

    From the time I was a small child, I experienced bouts of depression, or "the plague," as I always thought of it. When I was a child, those dark days were worse than any boogey-man.

  • Furry Angel
    8

    Furry Angel

    6 months ago

    While at our camp one winter three years ago, my husband and I had what I consider a divine visitor. The event helped me make decisions that I needed to make and couldn't up until that point. A squirrel, you say? ...

  • Proud to Swim Home
    12

    Proud to Swim Home

    8 weeks ago

    We moved to New Orleans 40 years ago. It is filled with friendly, fun-loving, mostly religious people. Although they work very hard when they work, the people here love to play and that is what they do best: From...

  • Giving a Deposition
    2

    Giving a Deposition

    17 months ago

    Discovery depositions may be intimidating if you don't know what to expect. This article contains suggestions about how to proceed in a depo after having been sworn and realizing that it is a non-threatening atmosphere...

  • Feral Frankie, a Not So Gentle Soul
    8

    Feral Frankie, a Not So Gentle Soul

    6 months ago

    Feral cats make wonderful outdoor pets. This is the story of Frankie, who's lived in my backyard for many years. She has an irritable disposition and still spits at the ones who feed her, but we love our wild girl who...

  • Orbs and Their Meaning
    16

    Orbs and Their Meaning

    5 months ago

    While visting our cabin in rural Arkansas, I decided to snap a photo during a nighttime walk and discovered orbs of light in my viewing screen. I'm facinated with orb photography, with both the white and green orbs I...

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