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SD Wildfires: The Things I Carried...#TBT

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SD Wildfires: The Things I Carried...#TBT

Last week, there were nine different wildfires in San Diego. Two of the largest fires were just a few miles from our home. Ever the Girl Scout, I decided to gather important documents and papers in case we received evacuation orders. In addition to birth certificates, Social Security cards and copies of our insurance policy, I packed up my baby book, old family pictures, my children's artwork, and keepsakes from my childhood such as this gem, which was written when I was in first grade.

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I'm relieved to say that we did not have to evacuate. The firefighters did an amazing job of putting out the fires.

As we unpacked and reorganized, I was surprised by two things: how much stuff we have (yikes!) and the choices I made. When faced with the prospect of losing everything, I reached for sentimental things that can't be easily replaced - things that conjure up memories of family, friends, and days gone by. 

We were lucky.

Others in San Diego were not. 

If you'd like to help with the relief effort, The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are accepting donations. Make sure you indicate that you want your donation to be earmarked for San Diego County Fire Relief.

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Miss Sadie

I desperately needed a break from the revision of a story I've been working on so when I saw Susanna Leonard Hill's third annual Halloweensie writing contest invitation, I decided to throw my hat into the ring. The guidelines are simple:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children, using the words spookyblack cat, and cackle.   Here is my entry.

Miss Sadie

A bumbling witch named Miss Sadie

yearned to be wicked and mean.

When she tried to be spooky,

she came off quite kooky,

the clumsiest witch ever seen.

“Perhaps what I need to be scary

is something eerie and dark!”

So she found a black cat,

and a tall pointy hat,

and hid in a tree in the park.

“Trick or treaters, beware,” cackled Sadie,

“I’m here to give you a fright!”

Sadie laughed with such glee,

she fell out of the tree,

and “boo hoo-ed” on Halloween night.