From My Journal


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From Big Sky Buckeye

God forgives without keeping a scorecard.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated September 19)

Haiku Series #17 (Life and Nature)

Nature Calls

The Ridge beckons me

Bringing forward praise to God—

His Cathedral waits



Let’s Walk

Morning walk awaits

My favorite lady goes—

Sadie on a leash

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Backyard Pal

On the backyard deck

Feverishly eating more—

Tiny chipmunk sits

brown squirrel

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Monday Memories: Morning Coffee

Hello readers, here is a new weekly feature on Big Sky Buckeye.  I will repost a previously published poem every  Monday.  Today’s post was one of the first poem’s written by yours truly.  Enjoy a newly edited version about “Morning Coffee.” 

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Smelling the rich aroma on another early morn

Anticipating the initial taste, like being reborn


Certainly one cup will not be enough today

A second cup causes worries to fade away


As Dolly Parton sings, “Pour myself a cup of ambition”

Coffee will definitely be my regular morning addiction


Waking up on a chilly, frosty, dark day

Jumping out of bed to be on one’s way


Hurrying down to the kitchen, what is this?

No coffee?  An empty morning without bliss!



Diabetic Shadow Arrives

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Being diagnosed (officially) with Type 2 Diabetes back in 2016, I was not really committed to improving my health.

When the outset of diabetes showed up at my doorstep, my weight was not an issue.  Exercise had become a forgotten word in my daily life.  I was teaching and very active in the classroom so I sort of figured that my constant activity should count as some type of exercise.

My eating habits were generally healthy except for a passion to eat certain sweets, breads, and pasta.  Honestly, I can remember buying a whole pumpkin pie or a dozen donuts to scarf down in a couple of days.

Why worry, my health had been generally great (“boring” as my doctor told me).  My cholesterol levels had been borderline for many years, but I was facing few complications from it.

Early in 2016, distressing news finally showed up at my doorstep.  My health numbers were elevating to much higher and detrimental levels.  With cholesterol levels going higher than ever before, my doctor took more tests, and A1C became my new score to worry about.

Here are my lab results from 2014, 2015, and the first half of 2016.  Remember now that HDL is the “good” cholesterol component and LDL is the “bad” one.

Date Cholesterol HDL LDL A1C
Feb, 2014 218 42 154 NA
Feb, 2015 222 41 162 6.4
Feb, 2016 249 42 179 7.5

As the above numbers indicate, my numbers were going in the wrong direction as of February, 2016.  In an upcoming post, I will discuss more of this journey with my diabetic shadow.