Monthly Archives: August 2007

Stop punishing me for giving

My husband and I have been truly blessed, and we try to share our good fortune with worthy causes. We have a list of charities to which we regularly make donations – but we would probably give more if it … Continue reading

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“Goodbye to Summer” Party

Last Saturday we had our big "Goodbye to Summer" party, with guests of honor Tom Burns and his wife Maxine and son Steven, who came all the way from Australia for the event. It also happened to be Tom B.’s … Continue reading

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Holding Government Services Hostage

Passport rules snag child support cash – Travel News – MSNBC.com I have mixed emotions about this one. As a mother who raised my children with almost no financial help and was owed well over $30,000 in child support that … Continue reading

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Summer Sunrise on Sunrise Drive

Here is the view out my back windows this morning. It was a beautiful sunrise, and this is the reason we’re willing to pay some of the highest property taxes in North Texas to live here.   It was a … Continue reading

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Our Litigious Society

Some people will file a lawsuit at the drop of a hat – or, in this case, at the drop of a sales receipt:  Man sues florist when wife discovers affair from receipt | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, … Continue reading

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Tiniest Bird

This is the tiniest bird I’ve ever seen. He was newly hatched, and looked more like a fetus than a bird. Tiniest bird – click to enlarge Here is a movie of him getting fed; you have to look closely … Continue reading

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Getting Ready to Leave

It appears the swallows are staging now, preparing for the migration to South America. This is something we haven’t seen in previous years and we aren’t sure whether they’ve just moved their staging area to our lakefront or whether we … Continue reading

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Out of Touch

If you’ve written to me the last two days and received no answer, it’s because I’m receiving no mail (well, almost no mail; I do still have my Gmail account, but my primary address is dead as the proverbial doornail). … Continue reading

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All the Beautiful Birds

 On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit the Rogers’ Wildlife Rehabilitation Center out in Hutchins. This is where I took my baby swallow who fell out of the nest, but this time instead of bringing in a "customer," I … Continue reading

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