Louder than Words

     When I was a kid, I remember my parents going to “the polling booth” to vote. They’d step to the registration table, tell the lady their names, she’d look them up in a big book, then turn it around so they could sign their name and verify their identity. Then they’d step into a little cubby, […]

Rethinking my Drug of Choice …

Yesterday, the voters of my state made the decision to legalize a previously illegal mind-altering drug, rubberstamping its use for “recreational” purposes. Before all of my friends in the “Good grief, It’s Just Marijuana” camp rise up to chime in, please know that I spent too many years working in drug and alcohol treatment and […]

A little bird told me …

Hanging from the eaves of my front porch is a fuschia basket that my husband carefully pruned and wrapped up last fall in hopes of protecting it from the harsh elements of winter. Sure enough, it’s now bursting forth with lush green foliage and lots of buds promising to bloom. And right smack dab in […]

Lesson from a Horse

Today I was reminded of one of the earliest lessons I learned in life, the importance of Getting Back Up On the Horse. It happened when I was the tender age of three-ish and my parents decided to buy me a pony. His name was “Silver” and he was a Shetland Pony stallion. For those […]

One Last Gift

Today is my dad’s birthday. If he were still here, we’d have a nice family dinner, I’d give him the latest John Grisham book (after I’d read it first), and we’d make banana splits. My whole family would be together – my mom, my brother, our spouses, all our kids – and we would have […]

The Things I Cannot Change

In my late 20s, I was introduced to the Serenity Prayer adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12-step groups, and attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr. You know the one … “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” I’ve […]

Just Fishin’

On my way to the shop this morning, I turned on the radio just as a Trace  Adkins song called “Just Fishin’” was starting to play.  In a nutshell, the lyrics were of a dad recounting the memories of special moments with his daughter while on fishing trips throughout her childhood.  I’m sure I’ve heard this song before, […]

Confessions of a Workaholic

I have what I like to call “a strong work ethic”.  Okay, that may be a bit of an understatement.  I am a Workaholic.  Hmmmmm ….. deep breath for a moment of truth …. it may be time to change.  Last month, I said goodbye to a very treasured friend.  And as is often the case when […]

Laura Parrott Perry

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