Anna, Inked

Happy Birthday Dad – Thoughts From Your Twirling Daughter

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Happy Birthday Dad – Thoughts From Your Twirling Daughter

I want to wish my Dad a very Happy Birthday. I’m sadly too far away to celebrate in person. But my heart is there in world renowned, Wee Bub capital of the world, Byfield, where I grew up. It’s where I learned to love real maple syrup, beach plum jelly, driving a tractor at age ten, dandelion-picking during little league baseball games, playing ping pong in the barn at midnight, the J Geils band, and reaching the gym rafters via a trampoline. When I look at the landscape of my life, one enduring image acts as a conduit between father and daughter. It was crossing the finish line of Triton’s...

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A Holiday With Berries On Top

Posted by on Dec 25, 2013 | 1 comment

A Holiday With Berries On Top

Upon waking and thoughts of breakfast, a dizzy exhilaration permeates my being. The day is new, the hunger is fresh, and the anticipation is colossal. Granola topped with blueberries and walnuts, all drenched in milk. No rationale for the pleasure it brings, or why other tasty foods pale to compare. Nor can I give cause or reason to my utter delight in hiking. Taking in the promenade view of nature with a friend by my side. Being on a scenic trail, adorned in a pervading dust, illuminates my inner pioneer. Explanation is never required, nor sought, when it comes to the raptures of life. Just...

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What Abraham Inspired in a Day

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 | 1 comment

What Abraham Inspired in a Day

It was President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 who gave us our November day of thanks. Though many look back a couple centuries further to a feast shared by Pilgrims and Native American Indians as being the origin of Thanksgiving. Over the countless years to follow, as tradition melded with enterprise, the 4th Thursday in November has become the kickoff to a frenzied holiday season when a proverbial gun goes off to start marathon bargain hunting merriment. Unwitting and ill-equipped… a large populous cringe at the notion of crammed malls, packed parking lots, interminable lines, and ornate office...

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Unmapped, Sans Envy

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Unmapped, Sans Envy

We have bid farewell to another year. Not just any year, when one considers the world wide vertical free fall that shook some of us, and walloped others. We observed unremitting turbulence, purloined wealth, displaced confidence, marred optimism, and a stricken economy. We will speak of 2008 with its own vernacular… housing meltdown, toxic loans, energy consumption, financial crisis, global market decline, record job losses and the worst of all… bailouts. Also, in 2008, we saw weather extremes that flooded the Midwest, destroyed Galveston Texas, torched neighborhoods in California, and...

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Surrendering the Dream of Sarasota

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Surrendering the Dream of Sarasota

I recall vividly the glistening hot July day in 2003 when we arrived in Sarasota, Florida. Driving in our pint-size rented car and clutching our larval aspirations, we rounded the corner along Bayfront Drive to see the magnificent sailboats and fishing vessels hugged to the docks of the pristine marina. We observed unhurried people meandering on the path that skirted the water’s edge of Island Park. The afternoon sun hung over the unruffled, bright blue bay bringing about delightful imageries of tropical life that tasted as sweet as the fruit smoothies we were sipping. After an eager visit...

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Contemplations on a June Day

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Contemplations on a June Day

The moistness of the air and the early rise of the sun signify that the anticipation has passed. Summer is here, fully outfitted. I jogged my normal seaside course in the remarkable quietness that comes on lazy Sundays when hangovers beg for sleep, readers finger through plump newspapers, over-achievers exhale, and pajama-clad families perform their ritual of consuming bagels, fresh juice, and zany kid shows. Straggly dogs stroll ahead of disheveled owners garbed in yesterday’s khakis and flip flops, drinking their favorite sweet coffee. A smattering of surfers drift just off shore- eyeing...

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