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William Shakespeare said it best: "I am wealthy in my friends."
The aroma of spearmint chewing gum just opened, fresh from the wrapper, takes me all the way back.
If I had asked my daddy about William Wordsworth, likely he would have said, "Is he from over in Jones County somewhere? I don't believe I know him."
I ran away from it all. Sometimes I thought about running forever and never looking back.
Toys are us, and I don't mean the store itself.
Where I grew up way out in the country, verses from the Bible were memorized during a summer tradition, Vacation Bible School, at hundreds of rural churches on the hottest days of June and July.
It's that time of year again, the moment when I revisit all the things that happened in 2016 -- the good, the bad and the ugly, all before clinking our champagne flutes on New Year's Eve.
An amazing thing happened this year when I was spreading the branches of my artificial trees on the front steps of my home in Colorado.
Each time I turn a lamp off, I think of the man who raised me.
All my life I have heard it said: "You can't take it with you."
If you need more proof that Christmas is here than the bright lights flickering from your neighbor's windows or the tinsel snowmen, Santas and angels appearing on lampposts, then just look at the calendar.
"The hills are alive with the sound of music."
Purple rhinestones adorning Loretta Lynn, a red sequined gown showcasing Tammy Wynette's curves, and a giant jellyfish -- no, it's not just a vivid dream.
The eyes are supposed to be the windows to the soul.
One can say my best friend Chastity Hope and I have fallen together into what Dr. Seuss refers to as "mutual weirdness."
"Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat."
Last week I dug way down into an oversized cardboard box marked "fall decor from Mississippi," pulling out glittered pumpkins, ghords and fall leaves clinging to grapevine garlands almost as tightly as I cling to the memories of time gone by.
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