Category Archives: Seashells for Karen

Thoughts on life written in memory of my sister, Karen, who loved the sea.

Blessings on the Wind

When I was in Florida last week, my sister-in-law and my niece and I gathered shells on the beach.  The ones we picked were little scallop shells that sea mollusks had piecered a little hole at the top. My niece … Continue reading

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It’s All About Breathing

Bad idea.  It’s Friday morning and I wanted to get an early start on my weekend, so I took myself to the beach.  I came before the crowds, hoping to get some writing in so I could go home and … Continue reading

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Sand Castles at the Edge of the Sea

Today is the last day of our summer vacation with my daughter and her family.  They come from Michigan for a week of beach time and family time once a year.  My husband takes the time off from his stressful … Continue reading

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Crossing the Bar

There’s an old New England saying, “A sea child dies on land,” and my sister, Karen, was definitely a sea child.  She was born and raised on the Connecticut shore but moved to Texas as an adult and seldom got … Continue reading

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One Small Thing

Friday I had the blues, so I headed to the shore, hoping to dispel my somber mood.  I don’t know if you are anything like me, but I suspect I’m not alone in finding fault with just about everything when … Continue reading

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How To Become a Millionaire by Keeping Your Head Down

My grandmother used to tell me if I picked up all the pennies I found and didn’t spend them, I’d be a millionaire one day.  When I was little, I followed her advice and kept my eyes on the pavement, … Continue reading

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Red Flag Day

The morning was radiant with sunshine on white sand, rays blazed through cloudless sky, and curling waves spewed surfers onto shore.  Beach umbrellas dotted the waterfront and our freckled bodies glistened with SPF 50.  Families were soaking in the last … Continue reading

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