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Eight-legged writer’s block

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  Nothing else quite paralyzes me with fear than a good old, big, ugly spider. The one pictured here is a spider that sunned itself one morning on a tree log near my potted mums. The spider I had my husband take care of days before was near my trash can in my home office. “That was big,” he said, after I screamingly asked him to hurry into the room to get the spider. Fear I can’t write with spiders nearby.

'Bee cause'

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COVID Reasonings -- For Many

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Many restaurants in Custer, South Dakota, posted COVID-19-related reasons why things just weren't normal.  I  have no such excuse for being late in blogging for the month of July, thus the Aug. 1 post.  

'If at first you don't succeed...'

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  I tried for days to fulfill my hunt for a monarch butterfly to take a photo of in which to accompany an article I wrote for a magazine. Monarch butterflies are on the decline for various reasons, including diminished habitats, but I searched on. Alas, I didn't get a photo taken before my article deadline, but a few days later, while I was taking a walk near my home, I saw bees and butterflies buzzing around what I describe as a grassy area off the road. Monarchs!!! One obliged just long enough for me to get this picture.

Memorial Day tribute

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  This grain elevator business in Central Illinois had a fire on Good Friday, April 2, but reopened despite the wreckage that remains. A symbol of strength, the business is closed today, Memorial Day.

Spring planting -- time to grow ‘writing’

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  I love spring because, in part, it reminds me of new beginnings. One day in April as I was in my front yard reading about a new way of “action” writing, I saw a tractor in a field across the way, preparing the ground for planting – new growth. Let’s think of spring as a time to find new ways “to grow” our writing.