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A far away land
at distance to thee,
is where I will wander,
when I search for me.
Travel today
is not the best choice,
unless sitting in a tube
is cause to rejoice.
Crammed into the can
of a cabin of size,
leaves no space to breathe
or to optimize,
the safety you need.
Lord please help me,
complete my next deed.

A waft of smoke
from the small fire,
with intense heat,
stoking a new desire,
to live once more,
under the bright star
and to be the man
you know you are.

Sitting around a campfire at night
the front of you is warm.
Your back is cold as ice.
Telling stories of days gone by;
embellishing as needed
to maintain the lie.

There is no comfort
in sitting here,
unless of course
the cold will disappear.

When does it end and go away?
When will we have a new day?
It will never be the way it was.
Why is that? It is just because.
Stores will be gone; we will too,
For all of the things we used to do,
Are now gone, or will be,
For we need workers for our Economy.
We must pray now! With God at our side,
To heal this Nation's Racial Divide.

The problem with running and going far;
you have to return where you left your car.
An old friend and I would run out to
Bothell from Redmond, on the Sammamish Trail,
when training for the Seattle Marathon.
It was our long run for the week.
I don't remember the length but estimate
it was about 14 miles, out and back.
After we returned, we would put on
our Sweats, pants and jacket and go
to Blazes Broiler for a Sunday breakfast.
Bacon or ham and eggs with hash browns,
toast and a few Bloody Mary's.
Our kind of training back in those days.
Some schedule I would say.

Hello there, you people.
Give me a shout
and I will tell you
what love is about.
Love is what you do
when you stay in,
rather than go out
to be with your friends.
No matter the time,
no matter the end,
when you are in love,
It's not "Lets Pretend."
Love is for real.
It can start any place,
regardless of color,
regardless of race.
No matter who,
no matter where,
when love is in bloom
it is everywhere,
so step up to the plate,
let us see very clear,
for a long love,
we suffer and endear.
I love my children.
I love them all,
short ones, tall ones,
but most of all,
I'll love you tomorrow
for don't you see
true love is but a memory.

I'm so blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing tribe!

This list is comprised of gifts other new moms and I received that made those first few months so much better. Some gifts are more expensive than others. Others require nothing more than time. And, there are those gifts which new moms have given themselves.

But, each one means the world.

CAT LOVERS! THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!!!

Come enjoy a weekend celebration of everything cats! With 80+ vendors from all over the world, you'll find high quality and one of a kind meowchandise for cats and humans!

There, you will find all the cat-related products imaginable: art, apparel, cat toys, accessories, paper goods, food brands, and MUCH MORE! Attend some of the art workshops, cat workshops or presentations from educational and entertaining speakers and advocates. There will also be cat yoga, cat cafe, and an adoption lounge, face painting, art making and much more!

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Address: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington 98109

Phone: 206-684-7200 

You are invited! All zombies and ghouls are encouraged to head to downtown Snohomish for a friendly (or not!) visit. Dress in your zombie or ghoul attire for a community walk! This event is a spooky fundraiser for the Snohomish Food Bank.

 In preparation for the impending Zombie-Apocalypse, we're asking all participants and spectators to bring "rations for the survivors". (Food donations to benefit the Snohomish Food Bank. Cash donations are also welcome.)

Zombie face painting will be available at 2:00 pm in front of Artisans Mercantile (117 Glen St.) with all proceeds benefiting the Snohomish Food Bank. 

Snohomish Food Bank truck and staff will be on site starting at 2:30 pm to accept food donations. Zombies gather between 3:00 - 3:30 pm at Artisans Mercantile. 

At 3:30 pm important instructions and guidelines will be given. The walk begins at 4:00 pm. 

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 4:00 pm. 

Address: 117 Glen Street Snohomish WA 98290

Phone: 360-568-7993 

Who inspires you?

I'm lucky enough to have quite a few amazing people in my life, not the least of whom is Chelsea Farmer. Her raw honesty and perseverance are a constant motivation to be the best version of myself.

Lady, you're a boss 👏 👏 👏

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