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About LAST VACATION: Seven days have passed since Naples real estate agent Megan MacKenna has heard from her twin sister, Madeline, who was vacationing on the beautiful, Caribbean island of St. Croix. Though authorities are not convinced there is a case to solve, Megan knows with all of her heart something happened to Maddy. When Megan receives a direct warning to leave the island or end up like her sister, she turns to the only person who has taken her seriously since she arrived, Gabe, a breakfast cook at a local diner.
Undercover DEA agent, Gabriel Walker has been building his cover for months, waiting for the opportunity to work his way into the infamous Torrez crime ring. When Megan shows up asking questions and Gabe realizes her twin’s disappearance might be linked to the Torrez men, he has to convince her to go back to Florida before she becomes their next victim.
The closer Megan gets to the truth, the more Gabe begins to suspect he is missing a huge piece of the puzzle. And someone is closing in on Megan…
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Where your blanket of clouds meets the sunrise,
I see my dreams, a distant place
where peace fills my restless soul,
where I am whole again, I’m safe
The demons can no longer haunt me,
I’m home, I’ve been set free
Where your blanket of clouds meets the sunrise,
I glimpse a piece of all that might be.
~Sarah Elle Emm
‘Sunset Celebration’ by Sarah Elle Emm
We’ve come to bask in your majesty.
To feel the warmth of your kiss.
We celebrate this day
With our feet dancing in the sand,
Confident we lived it to the fullest,
Grateful you were witness.
We venture closer to you, and cool water chills our toes,
Sending echoes of laughter and gratitude your way.
Twirling, smiling, humming, running on the shore,
We let it all out.
As your flaming power descends, out of our view,
We sigh, fully spent with thankful hearts.
We gave this day our all.
Your trail of pink hues fades away before us, and we bid you goodnight.
Sleep will come easy now.
A new dawn will lift us up soon enough.
And we’ll be ready to dance in your glory again.
I jog in the mornings and rarely have my ‘real’ camera on me. If I don’t have my camera on me, you can bet I’ll see dolphins! The other morning, I decided to do my best with my I-phone camera. So please excuse the cell phone photos and video, but I think dolphins are so spectacular, I decided to share the images. 🙂
I’ve seen a lot of snow pictures from my friends in the north on Facebook lately, and I’m starting to feel left out. It’s the Indiana girl in me, I guess. You can take the girl out of Indiana, but, well, you know how it goes… Now, some of my Facebook friends have threatened to delete me or hide me from their page if I post anymore photos from the sunny beach. I am certain they are just teasing because WHO would want to delete their friend in Florida who is jogging to the beach in 70-80 degree weather every morning and sharing beautiful beach pics while they are digging their car out of ten inches of snow and freezing to death? 😉 But seriously, I’m really jealous of those snow photos my friends are sharing. I love the snow! And the photos this year are great… I’ve seen snow-covered trees, sledding adventures, and someone even made a snowman to look like the snowman ‘Olaf’ in the new Disney movie, “Frozen.” Wow, that was creative…
So, I haven’t got any snow, just a little rain lately, but in an effort to join in the snow pictures and not irritate my northern pals, I took a couple shots of this SNOWY egret, hanging out at the beach. Yes, technically, it is a beach picture, but the SNOWY bird has to count for something, right??? I mean, the Snowy Egret is the closest thing we’ve got to snow here in Florida. Well, besides the snow birds. You know, the people kind. So, here I am- at the risk of deletion- joining in the fun and sharing my snow pictures. I won’t bother you with details about the warm breeze, the sunny day, the gentle sound of waves lapping the shoreline or how warm it was when I took these photos. Who needs all of those boring details? Just focus on the SNOWY egret. 😉 I hope I haven’t upset any of my shivering snowed-in friends up north again! 😉
I had so much fun watching this Osprey fish the other day, I felt like putting the experience and my silly thoughts about the flight into a poem… 🙂 Just for fun…
In my dreams, I can fly.
I soar high above the sky.
With outstretched wings like an Osprey
I glide from seashore to the country.
Taking in the world from above
My heart swells with gratitude and love.
Cool air refreshes me, filling me with energy
Life is anew at last, all from the view of the Osprey.
I swoop down and back up as my imagination runs wild
This playground in the sky makes me feel like a child.
Far from the dreams of my youth I have drifted
But cruising with the Osprey, my spirits are lifted.
“Perhaps I will chase them again” the thought becomes clear.
Though it’s been long since I believed in them, they were dreams that I held dear.
As I coast higher and higher and into the clouds,
I can see them in front of me, and I abandon my doubts.
The flight comes to a close as my feet touch the shore.
But I’m filled with strength, zest for life, and a longing for more.
The voice that says ‘What if?’ and ‘Why not?’ I will no longer deny.
Because though it may just be a child’s dream, I believe I can fly.
There is nothing like a walk on the beach to start your day. Despite my proximity to the beach, I admit I rarely make time to indulge in one of my favorite activities, unless I have company. I have a daily list, in addition to weekly, monthly, and general lists, and I like to cross as many items as possible off of my daily list each day. From the moment I rise, I go, go, go.
Unless we have company staying with us.
And now that I think about it, we tend to have a lot of company. This happens when you live in places like St. Croix, St. Thomas, and where I am now, Sanibel Island. For the record, I rarely had company when we lived in Indianapolis. Were I an overly sensitive being, ha ha ha, I might take offense regarding this matter. But of course, I am not. 😉
Thanks to another chance to break my work routine and schedule, I got to snap this photo of the Royal Tern. I believe this is a breeding Royal Tern because of the fully blackened crest. (Thank you, world-wide web for your support in this matter.)
I hope you find enjoyment wherever you are today,whether you are sticking to your routine, crossing items off of your list, or having your schedule rewritten entirely. 🙂