07/30/2016

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Under Construction

Please excuse our dust while we remodel this site.

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12/18/2015

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Riley Lauren 2.5 weeks

Merry Christmas, Riley Laman

This little angel is Riley Lauren Laman. She was born 10/19/15 and remains in Intensive Care. Click on the link to read more and help Riley’s family get through this difficult time.  Help Riley Laman

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10/31/2015

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Takoda’s Fence

I am attempting to Crowd Fund a fence so we can get a new pup. Takoda’s Fence

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08/09/2015

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Part One.  On Being Back.

And welcoming others. Hug their necks and tell them they need the first 5 rules: 1. Bless his (or her) heart. This simple phrase excuses all comments made about friends, family and acquaintances. It ABSOLVES you. 2. “The devil’s beating his wife.” This is how a southerner responds, gazing heavenward, if it’s raining and the […]

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06/08/2015

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OH! David!

One sunny morning we took the train from Lucca to Florence. We had plans to visit the Galleria dell’Accademia and lay eyes on Michelangelo’s David. The gallery was within walking distance of the train station. The lines of tourists were out the door and around the block in both directions. Fortunately, my sister had the foresight to […]

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06/04/2015

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Carolina Box Turtles

I keep finding these critters in the road. I move them to the other side out of the traffic path.  Box turtles zip me right back to childhood. I just love them! There is growing concern about diminishing habitat. Box turtles aren’t sexually active for their first 7 or 8 years, so they’re a little […]

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05/29/2015

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Saint Betina Zita

Saint Zita is the patroness of domestic servants. She rests for eternity in the Basilica of San Frediano in Lucca. The church is breathtakingly beautiful, with high arches and frescoes and dark old pews smoothed by centuries of worshipers sliding their length. The story we were told by a local was that little Zita was a household […]

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05/27/2015

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A Little More Lucca

Our first couple of days in Lucca were spent wandering and lingering and learning the streets around our apartment in the south west corner of town. So many shop windows caught my eye! The goods in all the shops were artfully arranged. The beans, the pasta, the wine, the meats, the cheeses, the clothes. Unfortunately […]

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