Authors photo with the dog
The kempsters photo with his dog

A boy, a girl, and their dog left their complicated life of things to wander throughout the land.

They collected artifacts; driftwood, rocks, antlers, an old rusty horseshoe, and a plastic toy soldier. They breathed the air, climbed mountains, touched the land, gazed at desert stars and beach sunsets, swam in waters, and met people.

They talked, wrote, laughed, hugged, and photographed it all while creating wonderful memories.

It was their intimacy with a shared simple life that ultimately touched their souls.

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The frail little old lady lying beneath several layers of hospital bed linens quietly replied, “I’m fine, just quite sick.”

Jobe’s lifelong struggle with human compassion had resulted in low employee performance scores for Patient Interactions, so today’s personal growth idea, humor them while drawing their blood.

After his perfectly timed punchline of “ground beef” to the setup question of “what do you call a cow with no legs”, he learned that this frail little old lady was a double amputee.

His career counselor could see this clearly humbled him.

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Calvin sat quietly while the hustle of the playground happened around him — tall metal, wood, and dangling objects crawling with other children scurrying about producing laughter, screams, and parents’ fearful warnings.

A tiny Rollie Pollie moves across his palm up to his dirty little fingers as he sat carefully observing its grey body armor, antennas, and tiny feet. It suddenly balls up as another child approached, Ewww!, the child screamed, then quickly turns, and climbs up the ladder to the top of the slide.

The banker clears his throat bringing Clavin back to signing the mortgage application.

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The weary traveler reluctantly told the curious boy at the bus stop about a mysterious phrase, that when said, people react harshly. “I love delicious red apples”, he told the boy, “now be careful.”

A series of unfortunate events ensued: expulsion from school on day one, juvie, 10-years in prison, some with solitary confinement, all before he decided to stop saying “I love delicious red apples” to anyone.

Years past and the boy, now a wise man, made eye contact with the weary traveler standing on a sidewalk across the street. Finally, the boy thought, he could get answers so he called him over. A passing bus struck the traveler dead as he stepped off the curve.

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The old truck parked beneath the slight shade of the ponderosa pines on a dusty roadside patch of dry grass, dirt, and rock.

The seductive presence of a small creek lined with tall grasses, perfectly placed rocks; stunningly blue dragonflies navigate the soft gentle breeze.

He cautiously submerges his hot, tired, naked body into the cool flowing mountain water to wash away the day of travel.

As the last drops of water fall from his face, he sees his wet dog rolling in the grass and his beautiful wife photographing details of his life.

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thekempster

thekempster

Big on ideas but short on reality, I enjoy the process of waking up early morning with ideas then spilling them on the page while sipping morning coffee.