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BY MEG GRUBEN

“A kind gesture can heal a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Steve Maraboli

We live on a hill on a red dirt road, surrounded by cotton for a season and dirt for the rest of the year after the season ends – no neighbors. I love hearing the crows squawk in their native language and the Scissor Tales that seem to be unafraid of our barn cats. My favorite is the Mockingbird that always shows up each year in April, and builds her nest in the mammoth Fruitless Mulberry tree, my husband’s mother planted 60 years ago, but she is late this year, and I’m worried. I love where I live, but too much of a good thing is not a good thing, and I have to take a short road-trip every once in a while, to chat with people and get their story.

Last week was one of those once and a while moments. I headed north until I found a TJ Maxx, my favorite store, and spent about an hour looking at everything to find something I didn’t need. I avoided the purse section, but found a jazzy little Kate Spade journal on the clearance rack. I can always use another journal.

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