Category Archives: Memoir

Early Life Together

Like most couples, we spent the early part of our relationship exploring the landscape of a shared life. Two people from disparate backgrounds come together to live as one, often in small quarters with limited resources, but big dreams.  At … Continue reading

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A Suitable Tribute

As we were planning the 90th birthday celebration for my mother-in-law, the question came up, “What do we give Mom?” There are three children with spouses, seven grandchildren, some with spouses, and ten great-grandchildren along with other family members. She … Continue reading

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Bullies

When my niece recently “liked” this Facebook post, it showed up in her newsfeed and consequently mine: Hey guys, this is _______. Isnt she beautiful? Lately alot of girls at her school have been ganging up on her, and telling … Continue reading

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Eating Locally

My new book arrived yesterday. I bought a book, a real book. I don’t buy many books anymore. If you are a regular visitor to this space, you know I love my Kindle. I read voraciously and a Kindle is … Continue reading

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Tribe of Women

I was raised in a tribe of women. From the time I was born, I lived with only women; early on with just my mother and later with my mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and my aunt. In spite of our actual … Continue reading

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Missed Opportunity

My aunt died last week. She was my father’s sister. I wasn’t close to her; in fact, I only met her once, briefly. It doesn’t seem like her passing should be a big deal for me. If only… My mother … Continue reading

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How We Met

I think it’s such fun to talk with others about how they met their husband or wife! Even the most reserved people brighten as they tell their story. Blind dates, church groups, friends’ weddings, they all make good stories. I met … Continue reading

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Traditions

What are the special traditions in your family? Here are some of my favorites: • Decorating our children’s bedrooms for their birthdays. • Cutting down our Christmas tree. • Visiting the pumpkin farm for pumpkins, apple cider and caramel apples. … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name

Do you know the story behind your name? Were you named after a family member? Is there a naming tradition in your family or as part of your culture? My husband’s middle name is his father’s first name. When my … Continue reading

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Family Expectations

What were some of the expectations in your family? I remember a time when I learned more about my family’s expectations for me. I was in third grade. I started the year at a new school and I was happy … Continue reading

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