Memorial Day 1894

In honor of Memorial Day, here’s a 120 year old reminder to honor our veterans. “SUN SHINES ON GRAVES. Memorial Day Brings Out a Great Concourse to Decorate the Mounds of Soldiers. VETERANS REMEMBER THEIR COMRADES. Business in the City Generally Suspended – Chilly Atmosphere Dispelled by Warm Rays. The cold, chilly air of early morning…

Birthday Celebrations

How does your family celebrate birthdays? How is this similar to/different from the way you celebrated birthdays as a child? My childhood birthdays included party hats, cake and ice cream, and games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Clothespin Drop. Relatives joined the festivities until we were school-aged when our celebrations grew to…

Political Activism

Were your parents or grandparents politically active? What is your first political memory? 4th grade was an election year. Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace each hoped to be the 37th President of the United States. Our class held mock elections, following the campaign on TV and in the newspapers. Most of my classmates were…

Resolutions Revised

Are New Year’s Resolutions a waste of time? It seems like many of those set get left among the confetti and streamers. I’ve made resolutions on and off over the years. I like working toward goals, so each new calendar brings an opportunity to reflect on what I’ve accomplished and what is left to do. Have I been successful?…

Happy St Lucia Day!

Some traditions get lost in time. Others last for only one lifetime. Meaningful traditions just might last forever. I hope my family’s celebration of St. Lucia Day  is in this third important category. Time and distance may separate us, but on this day my grandchildren are in my every thought. Instead of dwelling on what is not, empty-nesters Husband…