Saturday, September 26 2020 - 12:51 AM

Karen Spruill

writes from Orlando, Florida.

Falling and Failing

When I was young, I remember falling off a pony, later a horse, several sleds, and some skies. I also fell out of a canoe. …

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Life Mates

Sandhill canes are loyal to their mates

We enjoy watching birds and have many coastal birds around our home. For the past several years we have had a pair of Sandhill cranes …

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Huddling and Worried

At this time in history, a lot of us have been cooped up at home for weeks aware of frightening worldwide medical news and signs …

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The “V” Word

While I was engaged as a mental health counselor, I was surprised by the many diverse people that called upon me for help—men, women, teens, …

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Funeral Planning

No sooner had my mother stopped breathing, than my family had to start making a myriad of decisions. My father knew which funeral service to …

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Hardly Hearing

I couldn’t wait any longer to be able to clearly hear. For several weeks I put up with some diminished and muffled sound in my …

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Something to Live For

IIn a few weeks our family will be traveling to help celebrate our matriarch’s 101st birthday. Five years ago we all gathered to celebrate my …

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Family Tree

A few years ago I spent some time in the Family and Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. A kind Latter Day Saint …

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What is Essential?

One well used word lately is “essential.” During a time of pandemic, many states in the U.S. have listed or endorsed the use of what …

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Graduating During COVID-19

After experiencing three graduations—high school, baccalaureate and master’s degrees— I’m going to date myself, as this year will be my 50th high school class reunion. …

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