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I did not always like the wind. I grew up when it blew sandy grit into my eyes, my teeth & left a fine coating on my skin. It left me cranky & irritable.

Then one summer I learned that the wind could blow ‘through’ me. I’d been rock hunting in the high desert when I was caught without shelter. What a glorious lesson to discover I didn’t have to be blown over. Now I’ll have to write about it in depth over the weekend. ūüôā Thank you for the inspiration.

Up the lauz river

Keiko McCartney artist Keiko McCartney, Artist

An afternoon spent with those not aware of her presence, she wandered around the white-clothed tables until no one noticed exactly when she had disappeared.  In the distance, the balloons called to her, Anne, you belong up here.

At the edge of her world, Anne spun around with outstretched arms to signal she had heard them.  She felt the wind beneath her bare arms as she pleaded with the balloons, Come back, take me away.  Anne threatened the sky, The storm will take me away and I will not care.  Her efforts were to no avail and she ached to be close to the clouds.

If not for the heavy velvet garment she wore, the wind would have swept her from the prairie floor.

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Author: carolyninjoy

I’m a happily married, retired mother of two adults & grandmother of four children. Adjusted at last to my move from WA state & all the green trees & abundant moisture to a different beauty of desert mountains in AZ. The winters in the Mojave Desert are bliss, the 127 degree summers are a test. It is a climate change for sure. I’ve learned to bloom where I’m planted. I must remember, plants have roots, people have legs & to use mine! I am an avid reader of almost all genres & usually have a baker’s dozen books being read at the same time. I craft greeting cards & enjoy sharing my creativity with family & friends. I also surf the internet looking for artists, photographs, quotes, etc. for my Joy is a Choice! Choose Joy Moment by Moment webpage. http://www.facebook.com/Joyisachoice I also make online jigsaw puzzles. http://www.facebook.com/Injoyspuzzlesforfun I'm a voracious reader & have started a book review page on facebook. I now have the freedom to read all night long, should I so choose & don't suffer the repercussions since I can nap the following day. It's the best time of my life. The link for InJoyful Book Reviews is: http://www.facebook.com/InJoyfulBookReviews

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