Category Archives: Traditions

Books I Love

I love the books I read. I’m always in the middle of a few books. I read real books and eBooks and I listen to audio books. Now, I read a lot of memoirs, but I’ve always appreciated a good … Continue reading

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Moments Just Happen

One morning last week, my four-year-old granddaughter and I were at the breakfast table talking about family. “Who is your mommy?” she asked. “Grandma Barbara is my mommy.” “I have a Grandma Barbara, too.” “I know; she’s my mommy.” “Who’s … Continue reading

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The Sears Catalog

I have an aunt who is my age. Growing up, we lived in the same household and were raised as sisters. Our family moved often, so we were usually the new kids in the neighborhood. Sometimes, it was really nice … Continue reading

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Thoughts About “Stuff”

For the last several months, I’ve been hosting Show & Tell for Adults. At these events, people bring something special to show the group and then they share the story of what makes it special to them. Members of the … Continue reading

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Show and Tell

One very cold winter day, probably not unlike any of the many we’ve suffered through this winter, I brought my Barbie case to Show and Tell to share with my first grade class. On the way home my hands were … Continue reading

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The Peace of Silence

I recently participated in a writers’ workshop at the beautiful Ragdale Foundation. The workshop was called, “Shut Up and Write,” and focused on the practice of silence as part of a writing life.  It was sponsored by Story Studio Chicago … Continue reading

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Sandal Season

It’s finally sandal weather and after a winter of socks and shoes, I am so ready! I dug out my sandals and polished my toes.  A pedicure has been a prerequisite to sandals for as long as I can remember. … Continue reading

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Remembering Payphones

I bought a new cell phone yesterday.  The purchase was simple, but the update process was running slowly because the data network was jammed.  Tell me, how can the AT&T store have a clogged network?  Don’t they know someone who … Continue reading

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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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Shared History

Yesterday we returned from a trip to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of a church my father-in-law started. It was his first assignment as a mission pastor and he would have been so proud to see the vibrancy of the … Continue reading

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