Posts made in March, 2014

#FictionFriday in Connie’s Corner

»Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Family Treasures, Personal Stories | 0 comments

#FictionFriday in Connie’s Corner

It’s #FictionFriday in Connie’s Corner where I hope to share with you some of what I’m currently working on in my writers studio as well as reviews and text cuts from interesting books or articles that I’ve read. Much of what I have written personally, in the way of fiction, relates to children growing up and their individual play and exploration of who they are and who they will become. My first attempt at putting stories down on paper goes back to when my son Aaron was about four years old. We lived on a remote homestead property in the coast range mountains close to Tillamook, Oregon. Since there were no close neighborhood children to play with, Aaron became very good at creating his own friends and assorted adventures. That is where I first heard about, and...

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Do Not Fear

»Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures, Heartfelt Treasures | 6 comments

Do Not Fear

Aaron was little when we moved from our tiny rental mobile home off Netarts Bay up to a small house in the wilderness above Beaver (Oregon) along the Nestucca River. Here we could have a garden, animals and more room for our growing family. We were the last house on the road before it became a dirt logging road and disappeared into the coastal mountains. Remote and isolated was an understatement. We loved it. David worked as a Paramedic at Tillamook Ambulance. His scheduled shift started at 5:00 p.m. and ended two days later at 5:00 p.m. This meant I was alone quite a bit with only our little three year old and myself to handle the chores around the house and the farm. I typically didn’t mind this. I worked part-time at the local grade school as an aide and...

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Passport Photos: Do and Don’t

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog, Travel Treasures | 0 comments

Passport Photos: Do and Don’t

I absolutely hate having my picture taken so when I needed to apply for a new passport, the process of having to have my picture taken was very distressing. Then, I thought, maybe there are others out there that feel the same way about pictures of themselves. So, here is a little “Do and Don’t” list to help you take the best passport pictures possible. • Do go to the official government website and read the detailed list of passport photo guidelines. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/photos/photos.html • Do go to an official approved photographer to have your picture taken. While some places may advertise they “take passport photos”, they may or may not do them according to the required specifications. There is nothing worse than waiting...

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Friendship

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

Friendship

Friendship is like a game of ball. Which ball game depends on where you are at and how much you have invested in the friendship at that given moment? Typically, I like to strive for a friendship that resembles a nice easy game of tennis. I hit the ball over the net, my friend hits it back. I hit it again and she returns it to me. And then there is all that love business. Yes, I like a good game of tennis friendship. But sometimes our friendships feels a little more like tether ball, just going around and around. Or maybe football where you have the ball and are running towards the goal, but everyone else is determined to tackle you and bring you to the ground. Once in a while I have been in a friend relationship that is all about dodge ball. That is not a good...

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A Serendipitous Moment: Chihuly in the Garden

»Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Blog, Personal Stories, Travel Treasures | 2 comments

A Serendipitous Moment: Chihuly in the Garden

This is the second in the series of “serendipitous moments” blogs. The first was about a very special walk to a frozen waterfall over twenty years ago. I hope you had a chance to read about that wonderful family memory story. Now I would love to share with you a special moment that happened just a few months ago when I was visiting my parents in Phoenix, Arizona. The purpose of my trip down south, in addition to just visiting, was to spend time with Mom revising and refining our itinerary for our upcoming multi-generational trip to Europe. Part of this process would be to sit down at the computer and begin to select and make reservations for our lodging along the way. With over two weeks of travel time and multiple locations stretched across Germany and Austria...

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