What Does Independence Mean to America?

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard Independent:  Not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous. (Dictionary.com)     Independence Day, July 4th, is the anniversary of the day when Americans declared that we would no longer depend on England for...
Life, Death, and the Sex License

Life, Death, and the Sex License

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard Themes of death and birth, that cycle of apocalypse and renewal, surrounded me this week. A dear friend’s father died, a good soul who made the planet better by his presence. Another friend hit the magic 28 weeks and breathed a sigh...

The Power of Indulgence

By Piper Bayard Nicotine patches are flying off the shelves and personal trainers are working overtime. And every gym across the nation is filled with the January Resolutioners. image from US Air Force, wikimedia commons The Resolutioners are easy to spot, and the gym...
And the Boys Become Men

And the Boys Become Men

By Piper Bayard Thirteen years ago today, a generation of little boys and girls learned that there are evil people in this world whose only desire is to kill everyone they cannot control. Even as children, it ignited a passion in them to protect the innocents. Those...
Success Lessons from Parker the Drama Dog

Success Lessons from Parker the Drama Dog

By Piper Bayard Meet Parker.       We got Parker from the Humane Society when I had a feeling there was a dog waiting there that would be a perfect fit for our family. Parker had been taken back twice because he doesn’t play well with others. He almost...