SOMETIMES I BUY on impulse.

I’m much better about it now than when I was younger, even though I can be a little more impulsive now than I should have then.

My impulses vary.

For some time, I couldn’t go in a store with an electronics section and not come out with a season of some TV show on DVD.

I’ll admit, it ballooned into a tiny problem.

I grew out of it, but sometimes my eye gets caught and the impulse strikes again.

Yesterday was one of those times.

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Since Sue’s prompt is “summer,” and I wrote about it a few days ago, we’ll go back into the archives today.

First, a few things you should know:

  • The post you’ll see when you click the underlined words below was written in 2014, and Nana’s pool hasn’t been filled in years so I don’t swim anymore.
  • There are only so many ways to describe the heat this time of year, and I thought this might provide a glimpse of an Alabama summer.
  • Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup.

Without further ado, from July 8, 2014, here’s a hundred words about swimming.


The sun sinks in a blue sky.

The way the pale, orange glow it’s kind enough to leave in its wake shines through the trees reminds me of the last embers of a campfire on a creek bank.

It’s the last light of a long day in South Alabama, and I’m on the front porch to watch it fade into darkness.

I’m not alone.

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If you want to talk about how kindness is an afterthought in the world today, you’ll just have to find someone else who will listen.

I don’t dispute there’s a lot less kindness than there once was, and I know the world could use a lot more, but there’s still some here.

I know. I’ve been given the gift of two random acts of kindness in the last two months.

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