Posts made in February, 2014

Go to Your Corner

»Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Blog, Heartfelt Treasures | 6 comments

Go to Your Corner

Some have been wondering about my blog site name and the little quote on the home page. So…here are my thoughts about corners and why this theme is the focus I’ve selected for my website! We refer to, or experience corners, in a variety of aspects of our life. I am not necessarily a boxing fan, but I do remember as I was growing up a few times sitting with my Grandpa or Dad and watching this intense sport. I don’t know a lot about the rules or strategy, but do remember the contestants being told to “go to their corner.” In the corner they would receive council, water, medical attention and care from their corner man and coach. There is a stool there for them to have a moment of rest and a spit bucket. So with the little that I have watched and the even less...

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The Quilt That Took Twenty Years To Complete

»Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures | 4 comments

The Quilt That Took Twenty Years To Complete

For those of you who know me through my job at The History Museum of Hood River County, you know that I am on a passionate mission to spread a deeper understanding of how our cultural heritage affects our past, present and future. I can see in the mirror of time, how events, people and places from the past shape and define who we are today. But with our rapidly changing society where everything is done in an instant, I fear that we are loosing our connection with the past. We must all take up the challenge of preserving our heritage and shamelessly endeavor to document and share our stories…before they are lost. So, I’ll start. Here is a little story from my family about the quilt that took over twenty years to complete. Enjoy! When my son, who is now 29 years...

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A Tale of Two Toilets

»Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Blog, Travel Treasures | 4 comments

A Tale of Two Toilets

There is one thing that no matter where you go or how you travel, you can’t avoid it. The toilet. Loo. Watercloset. “The can”…whatever you prefer to call it, you can’t deny that it is as essential to our day-to-day life as drinking water no matter where in the world you live. So when you travel, there are some unique variances in where and how this facility is utilized and the services it offers. Here is a tale of two very different toilet experiences. Location: Sri Lanka. Date: Late 1980’s I had been asked by World Vision International to accompany a group of U.S. citizens to Sri Lanka in the late 1980’s. The purpose of the travel was to visit villages and projects that had received World Vision funding in the previous fiscal year and verify that funds were...

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A Serendipitous Moment: A Birthday Walk to the Frozen Waterfall

»Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures, Personal Stories | 0 comments

A Serendipitous Moment: A Birthday Walk to the Frozen Waterfall

It was a special day! It was our son’s four year old birthday and a day for making memories. At this time in our lives, we had been living in the Cascade coastal mountains outside of Beaver, Oregon. Three days of almost non-stop snow and sub-zero temperatures had left our snug little home feeling like an Arctic cabin. Still, this was a very special day and we woke in the morning with the sun beckoning us outside for an adventure despite the cold. On the 22 acre property that we were renting flowed Slick Rock Creek. At the top of the creek is a waterfall. Actually it is a double-tiered cascade of water that falls 60 feet into a bubbling white pool. We visited the falls often taking leisurely walks along the creek banks through the woods. We had been known to see a...

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Learning to Share

»Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Blog, Heartfelt Treasures, Personal Stories | 2 comments

Learning to Share

Sharing! It is the most basic of lessons we learn in Pre-School or Kindergarten. For some of us it comes easily. Just put others first. Don’t be possessive of your toys and everything will be alright. Sounds easy? But then why is it so hard to share still today when we are all grown-up adults. Even nature has a hard time sharing it seems. Here’s an example. For Christmas this year our grandson Aaron (age 4) received a real tool box with real tools from his Grandpa. Along with this gift came a promise that the next time he was at our house for the day, he and Grandpa would make a bird feeder for Grandma. I have wanted a bird feeder for quite some time to hang on the patio outside my creative corner room. A few weeks later while I was busy writing, the most...

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