Cookie's Bliss


Life can be short and unpredictable, yet I have so far escaped serious trauma. My husband, parents and brothers are all still alive and well.

Two weeks ago, our good friend Lyle suddenly lost his brother to cancer. Karen, my riding buddy, lost her mother last month and Nancy, another friend lost her husband last year. Both of Bob’s parents have left this world.

When I look into the eyes of these friends of mine, I am reminded of how lucky I am. When I think of their loss, I know what I must do. I must make every day count. I must honor every interaction with those I love and care for. I must be mindful and count my blessings.


By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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