Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

When Buck’s mother, Lois, was at the Azalea Trace nursing home in their 24-hour care skilled nursing facility, I would go visit with her most afternoons. Sometimes we watched Jeopardy together, looked through clothes catalogs or worked through a crossword puzzle from a big-print book. Without fail, a silence would fall sometime during the afternoon. …

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Labrador retrievers are often stereotyped as being goofy. I can’t say I haven’t been entertained by that silly, sweet, and (okay I’ll say it) goofiness that was one aspect of the personalities of our Labs down through the years. But who could look at Longleaf Lou as she relaxes in the morning sun on Christmas day …

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Last Thanksgiving I decided “enough” with all this cooking. It makes a mess, takes up a lot of time, and what’s the difference anyway, right? A roast turkey is a roast turkey. So I went to the dark side and ordered Thanksgiving dinner for eight from my local grocery store. A side dish called “ambrosia” …

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