Krista Lynn Campbell

God

misfit

How would you like to be a spotted elephant? Or a Choo-Choo with square wheels on your caboose? Or a water pistol that shoots… jelly? We’re all misfits! How would you like to be a bird that doesn’t fly? I swim! Or a cowboy who rides an ostrich? Or a boat that can’t stay afloat? …

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lines

The handwriting on the wall means the grandchildren found the crayons. ~Author Unknown Periwinkle, aquamarine, bittersweet, sepia, and cornflower. As a child, I discovered  new and exotic names in my box of 64 crayons. The mixture of colors invited me to create, design, and break from typical color-choice rules. Carnation pink elephants drank from mahogany water beneath burnt …

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9 lives

Growing up on a farm, we had an abundance of cats. Most earned their keep by hunting mice. With corn in the corn crib and feed grain for the cattle, our farm offered a buffet to unwanted rodents and, in turn, a never-ending supply of food for the cats.  Our cats enjoyed several buildings to …

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shape

It’s pruning time in North Carolina. Northerners by birth and in heart, we are in unfamiliar land. On their daily stroll, our neighbors kindly remark, ‘You need to prune that’ pointing to the crepe myrtle in our front yard. Yes, we know. All around the neighborhood, pruning and shaping is taking place. So we read and …

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leftovers

Growing up, we were blessed to enjoy meat and potatoes at most of our suppertime meals. On our farm, we grew potatoes and raised pigs and Black Angus cattle. Butchering time provided meat for the freezer and lard for the cast iron skillet. Everything tasted better fried in lard. (Later, I would learn the effect …

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waiting

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.  ~ Peter Marshall Waiting is hard. Waiting for the light to change, the line to move, the game to start, and the phone to charge. I wait for the laundry to finish, the microwave to beep, and the …

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open hands

With the close of the  2016 Olympics, I have my evenings back. More time to do whatever I did before the athletes paraded into my life.  No more late nights in the Olympic Zone and counting medals. This geography geek is putting her map away. FYI: Bhutan is in South Asia and has never won …

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power of one word

Maneuvering the hallway lined with perfectly polished women, I keep my eyes downcast. Grasping my welcome bag and holding back tears, I rush into my hiding place: the ladies restroom. Why am I here? I must be crazy. Dabbing at my eyes, I catch my reflection in the mirror.  Good grief! Look at me!  My …

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invisible

Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977-1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas. A delusional character named Burt thought he could make himself invisible by simply snapping his fingers. snap-snap Some days I want to be invisible too. Oh, to simply snap my fingers …

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Verbs

A verb is one of the main parts of a sentence in English. You can’t have a sentence  without a verb. That’s how important these “action” parts of speech are. The verb signals an action, an occurrence, or a sate of being. Whether mental, physical,  or mechanical, verbs always express activity. God, Creator of everything including …

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