Author Archives: Jennifer Haynie

Defining Sparks of Joy

I felt them. Like flecks of light in the dark, little sparks of joy have flitted in and out of my life these past couple weeks. That begs the question. What is joy? I guess I should try to define joy first. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it in three different ways: The emotion evoked by ...continue reading

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3 Things I've Learned About Caregiving

Blogger’s Note: I know I’ve been silent for the past few weeks. My post explains why. When a crisis hits, priorities change, and what happened required so much of my time and energy that social media fell by the wayside. Not anymore. Three weeks until the post-op appointment. No sitting upright for long periods. No ...continue reading

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The Great Possum Caper

The shouts startled me. “Bonnie! No! Get away! Get away!” Oh, no. I realized our Basenji girl, Bonnie, must have caught some sort of hapless small creature who’d been foolish enough to venture into our backyard. Steve must have been trying to stop her. I rushed outside with Clyde, our male Basenji who’s almost six ...continue reading

Finding Micro-Community in Unexpected Places

Friday evening. The work week is done. It’s time to unwind. Time to go and get something to eat. Steve and I typically head to Spirits Pub and Grub, a local pub near our house and the perfect point to meet up and begin to unwind. Thursday evenings. Starbucks at Evans and Maynard. During the ...continue reading

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A Gardener's Thoughts on Weeding

I stared at it.  That behemoth coated in green.  I wouldn’t let it get the best of me.  It wasn’t a monster by super hero standards.  More like a monster by gardening standards. Each spring, I put in a garden.  Cayenne peppers, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, and basil.  That’s what I plant.  And along ...continue reading