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A Change Visits Me and Reminds Me

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This will be a fairly short post tonight.  For those of you expecting and looking forward to another part of the Carolyn adventure, I apologize.  I am not very sick; the antibiotics have done their work.  I am still a bit congested and on the coughing side, but, otherwise, I am good to go.

No, the problem this time came with a small shock that I received on Facebook last night.  I was playing Words with Friends and I received a private message from a teacher I used to work with.  She wanted me to know that one of the students I had in class passed away.  Now, for those of you who have not followed me from the start, I need to tell you a couple of things:  First, I taught a rough bunch.  They were the problem children of the school systems; many were bussed in from other schools.  Most of them swore, many stole, many had had previous problems with the law.  They were, without a doubt, very difficult to manage on good days.  Second, I love each and every one of them.  I liked all but a couple, and I tried to like those.  Third, we had a connection that was very close in many cases.  I made it a point to work hard with the most difficult ones.  This student was one of those.  He was very likeable, just had many issues and problems.

His passing caught me way off-guard.  You have those ideals in mind when you have your own children that they should outlive you.  You should not have to bury your children.  These were much younger than my children.  And, in case of point, they were my children, at least, for awhile.  I met with their guardians; I discussed lessons with them; I helped them to achieve things, some of which they did not think they could do.  In short, I had invested much time and effort in each one of them.

So, tonight, instead of writing about death and the end of the world, I encourage you to hug your children a little tighter and to make certain you know what’s going on in their lives as well as how their health is.  Above all, make sure you tell them how much you love them.  My children and my students did always know that.  No regrets there.



Flash Friday – 150 Words – “A Take on ‘A Bridge Too Far'” – Rated PG13

Fairy walking bridge, Huangshang, China. Photo by Jesse Varner.

Time again for Flash Friday hosted by Rebekah Postupak.  This week – a 150 word (exactly) story based on the photo prompt above.  After reading by entry, click > HERE < to see the rest of the entries.  Enjoy!


Jalinth found a small handhold in the cliff’s nearly sheer side and pulled himself up another foot.  He then lodged his foot in a crevice to give his hand and arms some relief.  He had been doing this over and over for hours now, trying to gain access to the bridge path near the half-way point of the mountain.

His arms and legs ached and he felt so near the point of exhaustion that his breathing would hitch every few intakes.  His mind whirled and he started the ordeal again.

With herculean effort, he pulled himself up to where his eyes cleared the edge.  Not daring to smile lest the energy sap him completely and he fall to his death, he swung over and onto the two-foot wide ledge at the bridge.  He translated the Chinese lettering on the pass itself, written in bold red strokes:

Bridge Out

He cried.




Thank you so much

Thanks, Linda.
It is really reassuring to see you a part of this blog. I have come a long way in my journey as I know you have, too. Yet, we still have just as far to go, just in different ways now.

God is simply so present in all our lives. There are just so many who cannot see Him yet. That doesn’t make us any more special; it simply means we are learning how to look; how to see the patterns; how to notice the small bits of handiwork He leaves behind to help us all together. That’s the big thing; He is helping us all together.

I am almost to the point where I don’t see it as a Plan, but more of a general direction. We make our choices, free and clear, then God takes all of the mess and adds them together, doing little things to help directions move. All of that together forms such an intricate pattern leading to “all things working out in the end.” It is unimaginably complex, but only to us.

I play video games and, in the beginning, it is so difficult. There is just so much to learn and so many choices in the ones I like. Now, many hours later, most of it seems second nature and I “see” more things at the same time. They were always there, but now I “see”. Same with God’s plan; we have to train ourselves to see the patterns of how things work together; the “coincidences” (I don’t really believe in those) that happen all the time. This leads to that which is followed by that which couldn’t happen without this and, out of it all, the best happens.

I am over-simplifying, but this is what I want to dig through in this blog. Not just that, but I think it is important that we begin to see it for ourselves. For then, perhaps, we can make it easier on us to get to the same place without so much trouble and effort.



Philosophy is all about being curious, asking basic questions. And it can be fun!

North Noir


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