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The Gift

 

     In a white clapboard house nestled near a pond deep in the woods, an elderly woman knits in her chair. Family photos in various sizes decorate the walls and dozens of small frames cover the surface of the table behind her offering a…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on January 8, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

The Spa Ladies

 

     In this lavender-scented atrium at the edge of a modern looking building, the spa ladies relax in soft chairs carefully arranged in alcoves of tropical plants and candles, amidst a massive stone fountain that babbles water over a trail of dark pebbles. …

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on March 12, 2015 at 5:20pm — No Comments

"Pay It Forward"

     I’ve never been very good at keeping a New Year’s Resolution.  Like many people, I start out all fired up but then lose my enthusiasm a few weeks in.  Of course, reflecting on how we have fallen short…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on January 12, 2015 at 2:17pm — No Comments

"Rules for Being Human"

     I wasn’t sure I would write a blog post this month.  On October 26th my young nephew, Cody, lost his long, hard battle with cancer and my husband, Barry and I gathered with family and friends in Fargo, ND to honor his passing and celebrate his life.  After a loss of this magnitude, I haven’t felt like writing much of…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on December 2, 2014 at 2:09pm — No Comments

One Haunted Story

On a dark moody night, deep in the heart of Horseman’s Hollow, ghouls lurk in the shadows behind bundled stalks of corn and along the lantern-lit path that winds its way toward an old gristmill. They appear before us suddenly, their neon mouths and bloodied faces glaring as they creep and bow, urging us around spooky dark corners toward a stucco farmhouse pulsating…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on October 13, 2014 at 9:07pm — No Comments

In The Open

 

 

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t remember the last time I had laid a quilt down under a shade tree and opened a book, but that is exactly what I did when I clipped small dog, Charlotte, into her car seat and headed to Weir Farm, a National Park in Wilton, Ct. dedicated to American Impressionist painting. It was one of those faultless summer…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on August 4, 2014 at 11:58am — No Comments

Summer Daze

 

In this grassy, rose-laden island thirteen miles off the pebbled beaches of Rhode Island’s meandering coast, visitors sit near shade trees, flowered alcoves and on benches along the pedestrian path that borders the town of New Shoreham and gives a serene view of the blue Atlantic. They sip beers on wide, veranda-style porches, laughing with friends in the…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on June 28, 2014 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Greening Up

 

 

     In this Uptown pocket neighborhood of Dallas’s Historic State Thomas District, the big live oaks still grow in yards, corners and along the manicured lawns of apartment buildings and the gated green spaces of the…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on April 28, 2014 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Life Happens Anyway

 

     A short distance away, the last streetcar on McKinney Avenue in Dallas rumbles it’s rusty way home.  The bars and restaurants that line the street are locking their doors forcing even the most die-hard of stragglers to head out too.  In the blackened hours of the…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on March 29, 2014 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Moving Up and On ...

 

     About a block away, on a lamp-posted street opposite newer bricked townhouses and a smattering of historic bungalows preserved by the city of Dallas, stray cats prowl along painted fences and keep watch under the rose shrubs of a yellow clapboard B & B that looks…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on February 8, 2014 at 4:03pm — No Comments

A Personal Refuge

A Personal Refuge

I’m obsessed with the idea of sacred spaces and by that I mean a place that is a personal refuge from the storms of contemporary life. For many people it’s a place like a cabin in the woods or a house on the lake or in the mountains. One woman I met volunteers at the Dallas Arboretum and goes there early every morning before the crowds arrive…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on January 13, 2014 at 9:12pm — No Comments

The Lesson of Granny's Sweaters

My husband, Barry, often tells the story of his Granny’s sweaters. On special occasions like birthdays and Christmas, he’d ask Granny what she wanted as a gift. Her reply was always that she loved sweaters. “A pretty sweater would be just right,” she’d tell him.

Needless to say, over the course of many years, Granny received an ample supply of beautiful sweaters. The…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on January 8, 2014 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Loving November

     I woke up this morning half-dreaming, lifted small dog, Charlotte, off the bed and made my way to the kitchen but there was no first light to guide me.  I’d forgotten to close one of the shutters on the sliding glass doors but it didn’t matter, it was still dark outside.  Charlotte put her front paws on the glass and stared blankly at the rain.  If it weren’t for…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on November 27, 2013 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Loving November

     I woke up this morning half-dreaming, lifted small dog, Charlotte, off the bed and made my way to the kitchen but there was no first light to guide me.  I’d forgotten to close one of the shutters on the sliding glass doors but it didn’t matter, it was still dark outside.  Charlotte put her front paws on the glass and stared blankly at the rain.  If it weren’t for the clock on the microwave assuring me that it was, indeed, time to get up, I never would have known it.  I suppose I should…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on November 27, 2013 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Fall in New England

     My season in Wilton is coming to an end and I’m feeling pretty good about things.  Finishing my new book was my goal and, having sent it off to the publisher, I have a few days to play.  The weather has shifted and it’s chilly.  I can’t sit out on the deck anymore with my morning coffee – instead I throw a shawl around my shoulders and stand for a few minutes…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on October 30, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Old Friends

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     A couple of weeks ago I picked up the phone and called my old friend Deb because I needed to ask her for a favor.  I wanted her to rally support for a fundraiser in West Fargo, N.D. for my young nephew who is battling a rare form of lung cancer.  I was feeling a little emotional when I made the call, but the familiar sound of her voice soothed…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on October 30, 2013 at 3:42pm — No Comments

The Summer Wedding

 

     Nick and Emily got married this summer.  My husband Barry and I are close friends of  Nick’s parents, and John Carr picked us up in Burlington, Vermont, beaming with fatherly pride.  We took a ferry across the choppy waters of Lake Champlain to the bride’s hometown of Plattsburgh, New York, where the wedding was to take place the following day.  Pulling…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on August 17, 2013 at 11:02pm — No Comments

"Because I Knew You"

 

     There is a line from a song in the musical Wicked, that says that  “people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led to those who help us most to grow.”  My dear college friend, Jane, lost her beautiful daughter, Kate, a few years ago and this song, “For Good,” was one of Kate’s favorites.  I played the…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on July 16, 2013 at 5:09pm — No Comments

The Garden Buddha

There is a tall standing Buddha in our garden.  My husband found him last summer on a day trip with friends to Hudson, N.Y. and had him shipped to our house in Connecticut.  It’s not like we were shopping for a Buddha, but when we entered this antique store, the statue was waiting for us in a far back corner with a gesture that beckoned us to step closer.  The bluestone…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on June 5, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Artist Within

 

 

     One of my favorite songs is “Harbor Lights,” by Boz Scaggs.  If any of you have ever had this experience, you’ll understand.  This song resonates so deeply with me that sometimes I tear up just listening to it, it’s that powerful.  The song takes me back to the years after college when I lived in Westport, Connecticut.  My friends and I used to…

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Added by Brenda Sorrels on April 18, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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