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Welcome to A Cottage Creek Life!  I’m glad you found your way to this peaceful, little retreat, and I would love to invite you to “Come on in and sit a spell”.   Cozy into your best loved ‘quiet-place’, sip your favorite cup of ‘comfort’, and spend a few moments of tranquility with me. This site…

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The Gift

It was a beautiful, genuine fur-lined coat.  The gift was from a close friend, who had moved to a warmer climate, and I couldn’t wait to try it on.  As I wrapped myself in its plush softness, I felt that no matter the temperature, I would be toasty warm.  It was a small coat, for…

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When Fear Isn’t the Biggest Thing

Faith

When fear looms as the biggest thing, dreams go unfulfilled and life is reduced to a mere shell of existence. Life is meant to be a vibrant experience. An expectant treasure hunt, offering us the delight of discovery as we uncover the gems that are buried within each moment…

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Stepping Away From the Shadows

Stepping Away From the Shadows

As the credits rolled, my outrage turned to fear…an almost panic level kind of fear.  The new “documentary” series, around the plight of people who struggle with poorly understood chronic illnesses, had felt more like an exploitative, caricature-like version of what (in reality) is an extremely grim existence for many chronically ill people.  Perhaps, if…

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The Pathway to Peace

Accepting Hardships as the Pathway Toward Peace

A string of difficult events had placed the weight of the world upon my shoulders.  No good answers had emerged for easy resolution.  Confusion and fear had attached themselves like two, fat leeches, sucking the life out of both body and mind, as yet another sleepless night had rendered nothing new.  Pulling covers tightly over…

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A Brand New Day

A Brand New Day

Crimson rays merge with gold as new light bursts from the far horizon.  Feathered songs fade slumber into past, as blissful chirps herald promise of a brand new day.  Yesterday’s slate, wiped clean in the night, stands ready for the next new mystery to unfold.  From a bedside stand, the faithful “tick-tock” gently chants, “A…

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Simple Kindness – Big Hope

simple kindness, big hope

Life has a way of responding to intentional thought in interesting ways, and sometimes it takes me by surprise, as was the case on one unseasonably hot afternoon.  On the morning of that particular day, I had created an inspirational picture (above) from an image that I had taken in the Cottage Creek garden.  Melding…

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Life Lessons From a Chicken, Part I

Life Lessons From a Chicken

Learning life lessons from a chicken doesn’t seem very likely, but that’s exactly what I experienced while caring for my backyard flock.  Admittedly, I had some expectations around raising chickens, but learning from them was definitely not one of them.  The truth is, many times, the most meaningful lessons are found in the most unlikely…

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Reclaiming Lost Social Traditions Around Gardening

reclaiming lost gardening traditions

The only constant in life is this:  Life is ever changing.  Change is good.  It keeps us moving in a forward motion, optimizing growth and preventing stagnation (which is never a good thing).  But there are some “old-time” social traditions around gardening that are quickly becoming lost to the newest generations…traditions which may be worth…

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Dandelion Bouquet – Nature’s Beautiful Gift

What a beautiful sea of yellow!  That was my thought, recently, as I looked out across my dandelion-speckled lawn.  I confess, that’s not how I’ve always felt in the early spring days of the dandelions’ full bloom.  In fact, I’ve spent more than one spring feeling disdain for the prolific nature of Taraxacum officinale.  I…

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Finding Beauty Amidst the Bleak

There is little outward evidence of springtime’s earliest moments of awakening.   Bleak colors of spent foliage cover the ground, as frosty fingers of winter’s last winds grip the landscape in a mighty last ditch effort to preserve its reign.  During this end-season, most of nature remains silent.  Hunkered down.  Awaiting subtle cues for a…

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