pieced together… how a quilt and a government hold steady

Last year I had the privilege of completing a quilt that began its life over 70 years ago.  Maybe even 80 years. In the mid 1940s, while visiting the woman who would become her mother-in-law, my mom was given several unfinished quilt tops.  Mom thinks it was Grandma Vera's way of bribing her to marry …

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on being a difference maker…

I began blogging eight years ago, this very month.  My original purpose was to practice writing.  My ultimate goal was a book about the years we lived in Alaska. I also wanted to be an encouraging presence... to share my love for God, family, country and maybe even generate a laugh now and then.  Pretty …

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staying the path

February 22nd, we had a light snowfall.  It was over and beginning to melt by mid-morning. Normally I avoid the area, blaming it for the worst case of poison oak EVER.  But on this day I walked up behind the shop, clicked a few pictures and moved on about my business.  It wasn't until looking …

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summer is done

It's time to move on. I could ramble on about summer vacation memories for a long time, but I'd rather not.  Don't want to be that online version of the friend who drags out their slides and shows you a million pictures every time you come for a visit. So here are a few last …

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davy crockett, judge roy bean and grace in between…

I grew up watching the adventures of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on TV.  My mother made me wear dresses, but my heart longed for a coonskin cap and buckskin jacket. I was happy to learn both men weren't just television caricatures, but real people who participated in the building of America.  In my child's …

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course correction, one step at a time…

Three things stood out in my thoughts this week: Amazement that my husband and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary - A memory from our summer road trip in which I considered being dropped off at the nearest airport because I didn't want to ride with him anymore - And a sentence I read in …

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rivers of story

We remember the Alamo and read about Gettysburg.  And who doesn't know about the Titanic, or has seen the movie? But do you remember the Sultana?  Probably not. I heard the story of the Sultana steamboat while cruising the Mississippi River at Memphis.   April 27, 1865, the Sultana exploded a few miles up river …

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