Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

In the decade of marriage to another man before I met Buck, new year’s eves were sad little emo moments where I would write in my journal things like, “I am so lonely. I feel disconnected. Will I ever be really in love? Will anyone ever be madly in love with me?” Variations on this theme repeated each year.

My questions were answered in a big, bold permanent way one late September day in the eighth decade of the last century when Buck and I nearly had a head-on collision at a professional luncheon in Tampa, Florida.

I don’t lay claim to knowing much. So-called incontrovertible facts seem to be the weak and shifting sands of social and political spinmeisters. I’m one small woman in a large piney wood, but I know how to love and how to let myself be loved. This may be all I know, but it is more than most ever learn or experience. And I’m grateful for whatever force brought Buck and my small boats together on the vast ocean of random possibility.



You see the look. It’s a woman still crazy in love after 35 years of loving the same phenomenal man. I would follow him anywhere. And have.


4 thoughts on “This Is All I Know

  1. I came here from Susie’s blog, and a fine blog you have. You and your husband both look very good for your age, if you had not revealed your age, I would have thought based on these pictures that your husband was no more than 65 and you no more than 45. Plus, your house is very beautiful, and I’m sure a suitable owner will be found to steward it through the decades to come. Have a happy 2017!


    1. Beth says:

      Thank you so much for visiting, reading and especially for your kind words. Buck is my role model for fitness, that’s for sure. Best wishes for a happy 2017 to you, as well. I look forward to following your translations, plus Susie’s blog and other discoveries this year. Take care, Beth

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      1. Thank you very much! I look forward to your upcoming posts!


  2. Cheryl aka Shaddy says:



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