Author Archives: maryannniemczura

This and That

Life is good; life is wonderful.  New neighbors are moving in.  A new puppy is trying its walking legs.  All wobbly, floppy. Here and there when it walks.  Circled around my legs and licked my hand this morning.  Conversations of … Continue reading

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A Fortuitous Chain of Events!

Who knew that our trusty old lawnmower would bite the dust this past week? Who knew that the mower would break down with only half the lawn done?  Who knew that the man with the three small rescue dogs would … Continue reading

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Garden Happenings

There is a never-ending weed growth in our gardens.  I wait until after one of our heavy thunderstorms.  Grabbing a fistful of the myriad weeds, I am able to pull up roots and all.  No, I don’t fool myself by … Continue reading

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Looking Up to the Sky

Gazing in the distance, I recall happy memories and allow my creative spirit to enter. Facing the sky now, the clouds form shapes and the child in me finds objects. Little children enjoy the game Of naming the shapes they … Continue reading

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

After a severe wind burst this past week, my beloved empire apple tree split in two. Friends in the neighborhood saw a spiral cloud formation prior to a thunderstorm. Our work was cut out for us after part of the … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Moments

Struggling with our emotions, we try to smile through the sorrow of losing the last dog of three. In the span of three months. Family was visiting when we received the news.  Bittersweet.  Good and bad times. Speaking in tearful, … Continue reading

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Chip Off the Old Block

Wife and four daughters.  Proud husband and father. Eldest of six children after his dad died from a felled tree.  Breadwinner at age 10.  Excelled in sports:  boxing, football, basketball, baseball, glee club. Football scholarship in college and semi-pro afterwards. … Continue reading

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An Invitation to Meander

Sometimes the imagination flows freely and creativity flows easily.  Other times the writer’s block tries to call a halt!  Those are the times that Mother Nature is there in response. Today I invite my readers to meander through colorful gardens.  … Continue reading

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Meet the New Family!

Whenever we hang flowering baskets on the front porch, a new family of house finches build nests inside the basket. Without fail, the yellow flowers were flattened as the nest was built by busy Mom and Pop Finch. My husband … Continue reading

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Milestones Achieved

She was of uncommon beauty, my Dad declared upon seeing our daughter for the first time.  We blinked and time flew by.  Left home for college. BA degree. Paralegal job.  More studies.  RN degree. Soon a traveling nurse who was … Continue reading

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