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SUMMER VACATION 2020

The above photograph most likely took place during the pandemic of 1918-1919 – or the Spanish Flu.  I wonder if this family was about to venture out on a summer vacation. When summer comes to mind, I have wonderful visions … Continue reading

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THROUGH OUR CHILDREN’S EYES

When children are young, they look to their parents as super heroes – men and women of steel – those who can make all their boo-boos better and dry their tears when they are hurting.  When they get older, the … Continue reading

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MOTHERS WHO INFLUENCED MY LIFE

These are two of my children – my oldest and my youngest – both mothers now.  My first born, Amy, is pictured on the right.  She was my guinea pig so to speak.  I guess our first child is always … Continue reading

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MOTHERS WHO INFLUENCED MY LIFE

My mother in law had a great influence on me, because she gave birth to the man I would marry.  She was a stately woman. When she was only 51, her husband passed away in the night laying beside her … Continue reading

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MOTHERS WHO INFLUENCED MY LIFE

She entered my life just after I turned five – a most traumatic experience for one of the most spoiled children in the world. After all, I was the first grandchild on both sides of the family tree.  I had … Continue reading

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MOTHERS WHO INFLUENCED MY LIFE

The second in a series about mothers who shaped my life. My paternal grandmother was a city lady. She was a beautiful woman with black hair and the darkest black eyes I’ve ever seen. She lived with our family when … Continue reading

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MOTHERS WHO INFLUENCED MY LIFE

My mother’s mom was the wife of a farmer. I knew she had dreams of a big city life and whenever she had the chance she showed her ability to make people laughy with her entertaining antics. She was a … Continue reading

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DEAR, CHILD OF MINE

Dear, child of mine: It’s been a while since I checked in with you, but you already know I’m here for you all the time.  There are so many memories I have of you.  I remember how those nine months … Continue reading

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NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

Why is there so much bullying? It seems to permeate every area of our society. It comes at you out of nowhere. It grabs your emotions and cuts deeper than a knife. Words like “Sticks and stones may break my … Continue reading

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SUM, SUM, SUMMERTIME

We’re two thirds of the way through summer and this time of year always brings memories of family travels.  At the start of these adventures our kids were still quite young, so everything was exciting – like looking at the largest … Continue reading

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GIVE UP YOUR PHONE?

My name is Kathy and I’m a phone-aholic.  I’ve become part of the new generation.  I spend way too much time on my phone.  I never thought this would happen to me, but it has and now I’m going to … Continue reading

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I ATE MY DAUGHTER’S HOMEWORK

Funny things happen to me all the time. Either that or I’m not all there and everything just seems funny. My youngest daughter brought an assignment home to finish for her art class. It was made of paper mâché and … Continue reading

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MEMORIES OF SUMMERS PAST

I hear there’s such a thing as a “stay-cation,” which allows you to sleep in your own home while visiting local sites of interest.  That sounds like a good plan to me.  We do have a lot of interesting things … Continue reading

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TO THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN

Originally posted 06/10/2014 as Ten Ways to be a Good Dad.  We are no longer in the young parenting stage of life, but have tons of memories about our parenting years.  Those treasures have compiled and sustained us through some … Continue reading

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, SONS IN LAW

When our daughters choose the man to spend the rest of their lives with, they are bringing along a whole additional set of baggage, which includes another entire family.  We’ve been blessed with two sons in  law and they are … Continue reading

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WANTED – A FATHER

There is no real job description associated with the title of father.  Many men have fathered children, but are not fathers to them.  It takes a man of real character and strength to be a good dad.  If you were … Continue reading

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THE PRODIGAL’S FATHER

Originally posted on 06/17/201 Parenting is one of the most difficult occupations out there.  You’re responsible for another’s life, for the things they learn and become, for their discipline and social skills, for their behavior, what they eat, how they … Continue reading

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THE KIDS WHO CALL ME MOM

My children Joy, Amy & Bob I have been blessed by God with three wonderful kids.  Each of them is unique in their own special way.  This picture was taken several years ago.  Hair color has changed somewhat, time has … Continue reading

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DAYS IN THE LIFE OF A MOTHER

Every mom has a few funny stories she drags up once in a while to amuse her friends or remind her kids of how much fun it is to parent.  Our kids usually aren’t amused at the retelling, but that … Continue reading

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MOTHER OF MANY

“He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.”  Benjamin Franklin Well, Benjamin Franklin only had three children that … Continue reading

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