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Rick Watson.

Sunday was Christmas-tree day at the Watsons’. We were hoping for sunshine. Instead, it was misting rain. The soles of my shoes squished in parking-lot mud, but our spirits lifted when we saw a stand of ice-blue cedars among the Christmas trees. Read more

Rick Watson

Jilda and I recently had a minor crisis in our lives: Our coffee maker died. It was a slow, tragic death. Read more

Rick Watson

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Rick Watson.

When my life gets crazy, I carve out enough time to visit the rock and think for a while. The sound of songbirds and whisper of the wind in the trees helps me find perspective — to put my life into balance. I don’t visit that big rock enough. Read more

Rick Watson

There’s an art to casting a lure that weighs less than a sneeze. It took a while to get the hang of it, but I soon fell into the rhythm. Read more

Rick Watson

Some of my favorite memories from childhood revolved around our front porch. Read more

Rick Watson

One morning last week as we walked, I saw something in the barnyard that caught my attention: a shard of cobalt blue glass from an old Noxzema jar. Read more

Rick Watson

I’ve had a fascination with books for as long as I can remember. Read more

Rick Watson

Sometimes being mindful is harder than you might think. Read more

Rick Watson

I don’t pretend to be a saint — Lord knows I have faults — but I try to “see” people. Read more

Rick Watson

At lunchtime the other day, I left my office to attend a Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting. The sky was tombstone gray with light mist falling. Read more

Rick Watson

There’s a wild crabapple tree down by the barn that has never borne fruit, but through the years, it’s become one of our favorite trees. Jilda has kept her eye on it since early November. Read more

Rick Watson

I’m coming to another intersection in my life, and I need a good thinking place. Read more

Rick Watson

When the Army drafted me in 1971, the roads in my life changed. Read more

Rick Watson

When I was younger, I struggled with the thought of starting school that first year. I’d been a free-range kid ever since I could walk without an adult holding me up. Read more

Rick Watson

We stopped by to see Jilda’s sister Nell a few weeks ago, and during our visit, she told us about her latest kitchen thingamajig. Read more

Rick Watson

Under the ancient glider on our screen porch is a plastic tub of toys. We never had children, but we’ve served as baby sitters for working family members through the years. Read more

Rick Watson

My wife Jilda and I have pictures on our fridge. The photos are of three friends we’ve lost in the past year. They each held a special place in our hearts. Read more

Rick Watson

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Rick Watson.

Looking through Facebook posts of my friends this week, I felt a little envious and sad. It seems every other post is someone’s smiling mother. Read more

Rick Watson

Something interesting happened to me on the way to work this past week. Read more

Rick Watson

I’m “procaffeinating” this morning. That’s the tendency to put off doing anything until I’ve had coffee. It’s an affliction that began early; and I’ve struggled with it all my life. Read more

Rick Watson

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