Archive for March, 2015

What Are You Standing In?

The song, Praise the Lord, says it all, and says it much better than I could:

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Got Cats?

Cat and dog lovers alike will enjoy this little story. It’s mostly true, too. Except, the cat doesn’t talk, and didn’t tell the story. Enjoy!cat hoodie Read the rest of this entry »

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These Are the Days

Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end. We’d sing and dance forever and a day. Many of What will the chorus beus—both young and old—can relate to the chorus of the song above, Those Were the Days, My Friend. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wherever You Are

We lived in a little out-of-the-way place on Lake Travis called Spicewood Beach forwherever you are almost ten years, and though some days were awesome (the majority of them), some were better than others, some were not so good, and some were pretty bad, it was a season of my life worth remembering. The good times with friends were great, the battles with enemies were fierce, and, truth be known, we got outta there just in time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Worlds Apart

We all have emotions and, too often, we try to keep them hidden from others. When we do that, we are, in worlds aparteffect, focusing on the cause of those negative emotions and allowing the situation to cause us harm. The good news is, this can be true of good feelings as well as bad. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m Not Sad, but…

This is a melancholy sort of poem, but just so y’all know, I’m not sad. In fact, I am very much at peace and I have great hope for the future. I do, however, often look longingly at the way things used to be. I think we all tend to do that. It’s spring. Be happy.

times ago Those Times Ago 

Eyes closed, I smiled and imagined

A full moon hanging low in the sky

Looking like a shiny pearl button

On a dandy cowboy’s shirt


Sequin stars glittered

On a blouse of blue-black silk

While in the distance cattle lowed

And coyotes yipped and howled


When I opened my eyes

It all faded to cold hard truth

The hot dry grass on my neck

And burning tears I wouldn’t let fall


City traffic whirred nearby

Distant sirens pierced the night

A neighbor screamed angrily

At her laughing children


I gazed up at the dingy sky

Closed my eyes and tried to recall

Those times so long ago

When hope still lived within me


Times when stars twinkled

The man in the moon smiled

And parents, tired from their day

Murmured and chuckled softly


Gliding in the old wooden swing on the porch

Smiling, looking forward to tomorrow

While in the moon-shadow of a tree

Children tittered secret laughter


I wondered when the world had changed

And wished we could go back

To when life was simple; those times ago

When hope was more than just a word


Copyright © 2011 C. Mashburn


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The Devil Couldn’t Hold Him

A friend of mine tells me he went so far into the darkness he thought he’d never see the darknesslight again. But he did, and his escape was nothing short of a miracle. He still struggles with the desires and addictions of his past, and I’ve assured him he’s not alone in that aspect. No matter how far removed from our sordid past we might be, the old things and Satan will continue the fight to get us back. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Bad the New Good?

Unfortunately, it’s not all good these days, and bad seems to be running rampant. InEven the big ones fact, it seems bad has become not only acceptable, but a desirable badge of honor. Too often, bad behavior is generally approved of, while good behavior is often condemned. Read the rest of this entry »

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Turn It Off

“Back in the day”, many TV shows proudly displayed wholesome family values, but theTurn it off trend now seems to be to mock and make fun of what we once took pride in and sought to emulate. Read the rest of this entry »

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It Was Right There!

I like to do jigsaw puzzles, and sometimes the colors are so similar it’s hard to know perfect peacewhich piece goes where. And then, there’s always that one piece that’s missing! Read the rest of this entry »

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