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Three Is All You Need   by Janice Tindle

Three Is all You Need By Janice Tindle  I’ve always been a person who likes to have her ducks in a row. And just like a good mother duck, I was constantly checking, going back when I needed to, keeping … Continue reading

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Dystonic Jerk /Written by Janice Tindle

I reach for a glass Arm extended, fingers twitch Crash. The shards scatter I reach for a broom Searing hot poker of pain I tell myself I wasn’t really that thirsty.

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War On Dystonia /Written by Janice Tindle

Brain spasm. Brutal. As if trying to extract its juice. Violent contortions. Judge me not, for I am a warrior.

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The Principled Man /Written by Janice Tindle

I was standing in the doorway of my father’s hospital room. He was asleep. He had been there most of the week,so I had become familiar with the nursing staff. His room was just outside their station. I found myself … Continue reading

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The Storytellers /Written by Janice Tindle

I have always loved a good story. My love of storytelling began with my father and my grandmother. My father told me stories about his time in the South Seas during World War II where he was stationed in the … Continue reading

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The Misunderstanding /Written by Janice Tindle

I have a traumatic brain injury and so I am misunderstood quite often. I am sure it happens to everyone. It hurts when someone misunderstands you, but it hurts even more when you apologize and they refuse to accept your … Continue reading

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The Flawed, The Broken, and The Beautiful /Written by Janice Tindle

I recently found myself inspired by a bit of broken pottery. That pottery made me think about the value we place on inanimate objects. Who knows why a certain object has a special attractiveness to us. We see it, we … Continue reading

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Why Resale Shopping Is A Better Shopping Choice /Written by Janice Tindle

Someone made a comment about feeling bad about getting a deal at a thrift store. They felt they were taking advantage of someone else’s misfortunes. Perhaps someone died. Downsized. Had to move away or into a nursing home. All true. … Continue reading

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A Token Of Love /Written by Janice Tindle

“I’ll never take it off!” Mary Elizabeth giggled with delight as he put it on her wrist. It was the most beautiful bracelet she had ever seen. It was so well made, it looked like the real thing. But she … Continue reading

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Wray; The West End Eagle /Written by Janice Tindle

She came and left like the wind, She would circle high, swoop and descend, In a whirlwind she would appear, She could be far, yet in an instant, near. Under sunny skies, she sat on eggs, Under mist and fog, … Continue reading

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The Invisible Wheelchair /Written by Janice Tindle

You’ve seen it going passed by you at a snail’s pace, You’ve snarled your lip at the humped over state, You didn’t see her face, for around her, an air of despair, You never ever acknowledge the invisible wheelchair. The … Continue reading

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Valerie; You’re Gonna Make It After All! /Written by Janice Tindle

Last March, I wrote a piece about America’s sweetheart, Valerie Harper, who had been given a terminal cancer diagnosis. Things looked grim. But not Valerie! She went on an unprecedented whirlwind of interviews and appearances, talking to her beloved public … Continue reading

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Dangle The Carrot /Written by Janice Tindle

You can dangle the carrot all day if you want;the smart bunnies will always find the land with the choicest clover. I have personally observed this in our own backyard. We have an organic yard, so bunnies in the evening … Continue reading

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The Organic Sinner /Written by Janice Tindle

In the book, Critters: Adventures In Wildest Suburbia by A.B.C. Whipple, published by St. Martin’s Press, 1994, states on page 41, paragraph 3, that ” C. Merriam Hart, a Naturalist, reported that a squirrel hearing a musical instrument or recording … Continue reading

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The Treasure In The Trailer /Written by Janice Tindle

In a monetary sense, she wasn’t a wealthy woman. She lived in a mobile home in a mobile home park. Not one a fancy one, just an ordinary one, with vintage and new mobile homes living side by side. My … Continue reading

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The Doll In The Box /Written by Janice Tindle

When I was a little girl, my Grandma had a China doll she kept in a box in the living room closet. It was a gift from her younger brother, Joseph. He had bought the doll when he was a … Continue reading

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The Dog That Didn’t Belong To Us /Written by Janice Tindle

My Dad was a tough guy. It least that’s what he wanted you to think. But he had a sweet, gentle side that few ever saw him display. However, I saw him display this side one early morning, when no … Continue reading

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The Caring One /Written by Janice Tindle

The light from the blue moon shone across the porcelain giving the bathroom an eery feel. He stared at his reflection in the mirror. There was an exhausted old man staring back at him. He was just fifty-three years old. … Continue reading

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The Pittsburgh Chair /Written by Janice Tindle

No, it is not a seat on the symphony board or even in the orchestra. I’m talking about the chair that is put out in the street to save a parking spot. Iconic tradition. It can be found in a … Continue reading

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Light To My Roadway /Written by Janice Tindle

I don’t know if you have ever had to try to get something from city government, but it can be a real headache. A simple request often has to go through a lot of red tape, meetings, and mounds of … Continue reading

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The College Next Door   by Janice Tindle

There were no hallowed halls, no marble floors or columns. No grand winding staircase nor high domed ceiling. No pendant chandelier nor moulded wood panels. But there were beautiful plaster walls and ceilings with plaster moulding. Inside those walls were … Continue reading

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The One Legged Visitor /Written by Janice Tindle

The front door was open and it framed my view as he came on crutches up the walk. My cousin Carol was behind him. He wore a green dress uniform. I had never seen a real soldier before today. His … Continue reading

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A Singer’s Lament /Written by Janice Tindle

I miss singing. When I was growing up, my mother, a professional soloist, would play arias and the standards. My grandfather, a gregarious Italian who lived next door, would play opera, jazz, blues, swing, big band and all the crooners. … Continue reading

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Cry Tomorrow /Written by Janice Tindle

I knew it was over. In the same way you know the end of the day is over. There was nothing I could do about it but watch it all disappear. Every laugh, every sigh, every whisper, every soft caress, … Continue reading

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Tony Called /Written by Janice Tindle

    The utility company. We’ve all had our bad experiences with rudeness, long holding times, waiting for them to show up, to turn the service on or off. Perhaps there was a dispute over a bill. We take our … Continue reading

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Peace, Liberty and…. Morgan /Written by Janice Tindle

In all our thirty years of marriage, we never had a complete bedroom suite. It was almost complete, but the bedroom was a bit of ‘this and that’ from the family, pieces I liked very much, but I was ready … Continue reading

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The Siberian Iris /Written by Janice Tindle

Recently, my husband and I were hit by the flu and an upper respiratory infection that came invading like a band of Cossacks invading a treasured castle. They hit hard. And though we survived the attack, it left us plundered … Continue reading

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VALERIE by Janice Tindle

(See my follow up at the end of this story) The ice and rain spit hard against my window pane like a child spitting watermelon seeds onto a dinner plate. I read the news and it hit me just as … Continue reading

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Be Strong ! Have Courage ! /Written by Janice Tindle

Be strong, O heart, do not drop down, Have courage, among the failings of your soul, For yes, dear heart you can with God’s love surround, The very venture you are trying to control. With boldness, grab onto courage, let … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Lullaby /Written by Janice Tindle

It was a typical fall morning in Pennsylvania. The kind you anticipate. Crisp, clean air, all crinkling and spiced from rotting apples and dry leaves. Weather like this called for the planting of bulbs. Heirloom tulip bulbs, to be exact, … Continue reading

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365 HOLY SCRIPTURES /Written by Janice Tindle

In January, a friend, who is very important to my husband and me, proposed a challenge for the new year. He said, to do something nice everyday for someone and gave a few examples on how to do so. You … Continue reading

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A PRIVATE WAR /Written by Janice Tindle

“There are Nazi’s in my head,” Looking upward, his eyes filled with dread, “But I won’t go where I’m led, I’ll stay here and fight instead.” My father spoke slowly and low, There was only me, I was only to … Continue reading

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The Soldier Who Wore Gray /Written by Janice Tindle

The soldier who wore gray, Lay still in front of me, There was no more reason left to stay, The color he had worn ceased to be, And the only thing left was his shadow of gray. For many years … Continue reading

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