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  1. Dreams : Stargazer September 21 to 23 2017

  2. Dreams : Stargazer September 18 to 20 2017

  3. Me And Garcetti

  4. Dreams : Stargazer September 15 to 17 2017

  5. You Are Important Too

  6. Human Error

  7. Dreams : Stargazer September 12 to 14 2017

  8. Dreams : Stargazer September 9 to 11 2017

  9. Dreams : Stargazer September 6 to 8 2017

  10. "Original Sin"

  11. Dreams : Stargazer September 3 to 5 2017

  12. Dreams : Stargazer August 31 to September 2 2017

  13. Your Life

  14. Dreams : Stargazer August 28 to 30 2017

  15. Dreams : Stargazer August 25 to 27 2017

  16. The Here And Now

  17. Reflections: Sunday Afternoons

  18. Dreams : Stargazer August 22 to 24 2017

  19. Dreams : Stargazer August 19 to 21 2017

  20. Always Putting Something Back

  21. Dreams : Stargazer August 16 to 18 2017

  22. Dreams : Stargazer August 13 to 15 2017

  23. Dreams : Stargazer August 10 to 12 2017

  24. Dreams : Stargazer August 7 to 9 2017

  25. River of Earth

  26. Dreams : Stargazer August 4 to 6 2017

  27. Dreams : Stargazer August 1 to 3 2017

  28. Dreams : Stargazer July 29 to 31 2017

  29. Federal Consultant

  30. Too Hate

  31. First Person Tip

  32. Dreams : Stargazer July 26 To 28 2017

  33. Dreams : Stargazer July 23 to 25 2017

  34. Wrong Cheerleaders

  35. Dreams : Stargazer July 20 to 22 2017

  36. Dreams : Stargazer July 17 to 19 2017

  37. Dreams : Stargazer July 14 to 16 2017

  38. Riding The Metro

  39. Go Far

Reflections: Sunday Afternoons

I grew up approximately fifty miles in between Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia in rural Spotsylvania County. America, during the 60’s and early 70’s was experiencing civil unrest and heated racial tensions. Remarkably, in spite of America’s strife during those turbulent years, our Grandparents were able to let us see the sunshine, regardless of the darkness around us. Here’s my childhood reflections on our Sunday afternoons:

There were chickens picking at the red bologna strings in the yard and a whole lot of love on the porch every Sunday afternoon at Ruff n’ Ma’Rie’s. There was an old, rust-spotted Ford sitting in the yard that I’ve never seen moved, not even once, but on Sundays, if you believed the wild stories from Uncle Carl’s and Scootie’s mouths, they had you thinking that that ol’ Ford had them running 208 and the back roads from Spotsy to Fredericksburg just last night! Man, on Sundays you could hear some wild stories.

Yep, on Sunday afternoons, all of my uncles, aunts, and cousins would gather up at Ruff n’ Ma’Rie’s. We all came from them. I never got a chance to thank my beloved Grandparents for what they’ve given us.

Thank you Ruff n’ Ma’Rie for giving us Maitland, who’d left us too soon but gave us the legacy of music and gold with Brenda, Francis, Snookum, Kenny, Jimmy James and Lonnie. Thank you Ma’Rie n’ Ruff for giving us sweet Josephine, better known to us as “Phine”, and let’s not forget your precious gifts of Uncle Roosevelt, Uncle Carl, Uncle Scootie, Aunt Edith Mae, Aunt Ruth Edna, and Aunt ‘Margret’rie’. And I, of course, wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my Mother, Lorene, who was another piece of gold from your Brook’s tree.

Yes indeed, we all came from you two. So, thank you again Ma’Rie n’ Ruff for those precious Sunday afternoons and for everything you’ve done for us ‘cause we are who we are now, in 2017, because of you and our golden roots. And we’re forever grateful that we all came from you two. Yep, thank you Ruff n’ Ma’Rie for the big juicy strawberries down the hill and all of ‘em wonderful stories and love on the porch.

No matter what you and your family are going through at this time, I hope that you’re able to let some sunshine in, regardless of the dark clouds that maybe lingering above. – Randolph Randy Camp

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