Spring or Summer?

Baby Mangoes & Blooms (Photo by Milly Moss)

The calendar in North America states spring starts in a couple of weeks. South Florida, however, has to be different. First, our “winter” is more like spring than winter. It is like Florida got attached to the Continent to add a bit of the sub-tropics to North America. There are few areas of the United States, that reach as far south as Florida juts into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Growing up

Photo by Juliane Liebermann on Unsplash

The last couple of weeks, Isaiah has me wondering just when will I ‘grow up?’ It seems growing up is a process. At eighteen I thought, I’m all grown up! Then stepped into the world as an adult. Oh my! I had a lot to learn! At 21, the State decided I was a full adult. Hm… does that mean they thought I’d grown up? If they did, they were wrong. Looking back over five decades, I see how much I have grown up in the last 10, 20 and even 30 years. And… There is so much I haven’t learned. Now I ask myself, “will I ever grow up?”

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Undercurrents

Photo by Zoe on Unsplash

Attending an event this past weekend, I reconnected with family and friends. We’d lost track of each other over the last several years. It was a sad gathering to celebrate the life of one suddenly taken. In the chatter, we updated each other. It was good to catch up with loved ones who’ve moved away or moved on with life’s growth.

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Come Back

Milly’s Come Back Mango

How are things going? Sunday was the coldest day of 2022 in South Florida so far. Don’t laugh. It got to 36 degrees Fahrenheit, then climbed to a high of 59 degrees! Okay… laugh with me. I did cover my plants that night. We lost none except the bloom is off the mango! The great thing about trees is they usually come back in the spring, even in South Florida!

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Who First?

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Waking up in 2022 has me looking around to see the lay of the land. The amount of information is overwhelming to my earthly senses. But it has opened my eyes to new things. As I dig to confirm sources and verify information, I found a theme resonating beneath the layers of words. Family First! (Insert Country here) First! People First! Me First!, First, First, First! If I understand correctly, we want to know where to start and what needs to be first. While the people shout a mantra of sorts to focus the leaders, I wonder… Who truly goes first?

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Suffering Christmas

This week I found encouragement in, of all places, a cross-reference. Part of an adventure journey is shutting off the noise and actively seeking. We may seek answers, reasons, or someone special. An adventure journey has a destination and choices. Choosing to investigate another path can actually help the journey. This week, my foray off the path brought me the strength to keep going.

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Service

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Here in America, service projects and giving ramps up at the end of the year. Whether it is the good will of the holidays or the tax write off by the end of the year, there are many opportunities to serve our fellow man. As with everything American, we whip ourselves into an exhausting frenzy with wonderful projects. In the past, these many choices have left me exhausted, sometimes sick, and glad the season was over for another year.

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Encouraging Jeremiah

Finding the Mountains Beyond the Trees (Photo by Milly Moss on Mount Jefferson North Carolina Fall 2020)

Have you noticed this? The media outlets are choosing sides and are so focused on their message that they seem to be zealots. They fling facts at the audience in desperate sound bites, without much back-up. No solutions are given. I think they have lost sight of the big picture.

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