1 Songbird

“Please welcome nineteen-year old Marie Parris to the stage” Earlier, Marie walked along a dirt road lined with shades of green forest, a smoldering, humid, summer day on her way to the Plymouth, New Hampshire Fair grounds. Holding the hands of her two little girls on either side, […]

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43 Candles

Family birthday parties were extraordinary! My dad’s family was excited, he had retired from the USAF at forty-one in 1979 and moved back to his native desert home in the Arizona. Once again, I was living with dad at the age of eighteen.  Remember, six months before my […]

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500 Words- Only Sliced Apples

Could being born by the Gulf of Mexico in Tampa Florida have a link to the effective healing powers within a human captivated by rivers, lakes and especially the ocean? I was about five years old, riding with my parents in our black Falcon, sitting in the back […]

Vignette 1: CLL -The Blood In My Veins

Shock and Denial It was the beginning of my 56th June summer 2017, in the desert. I arrived at my primary care physician’s office, for my annual summer physical. In walked the doctor, “Good to see you! How are you doing?” I began to tell her, “I have […]

1 Compassionate Journey Begins

Welcome! Thank you for joining me! Here in this space is a riveting exploration, memoir, research, and synergy with a myriad of topical structures and forms within our 21st Century humankind and our planet Earth. For me, being alive each day is a new beginning of exploration through […]

Early Childhood Influences: Poets and Musicians

To laugh often, to win the affection of children…to know even one life breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the less traveled by, and that made all the difference. Robert Frost […]

Mindfulness Poetic Thoughts-

Bringing Peace, Natures Lesson Calmness of the water Stillness of the breeze In the sand, made of stone, Lays a cross Walking along the creek Changes are seen and heard Water flows over rocks, leaves and fallen brush Meandering this way and that Moving along the path Logs […]

Mindfulness-Wherever You Go, There You Are

One must mindfully pay attention! The intense heat of summer delivers the cooling monsoons by July. A reprieve from the heat is immensely appreciated. Although, I have to mention this summer the monsoons are later. Cool wispy breezes begin around the end of October. A walk in the […]

23 and Me DNA- Genealogy Discoveries

Have you ever wondered about your unknown ancestors? How to research your ancestry to create an accurate family tree with stories aligned with family names, connecting family members through family knowledge and DNA? According to Ancestry, 23 and Me, we randomly inherit about fifty percent of our genes […]

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