Posts made in April, 2014

Oma and the Tin Man

»Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Family Treasures, Travel Treasures | 0 comments

Oma and the Tin Man

Take a step through the Porta Nigra, and enter the world of the Trier, Germany market square known as the Hauptmarkt. This public square has served the community of Trier since medieval times. Trier is Germany’s oldest city founded by the Romans in 17 BC. It blends generations of culture into an easily walkable time-travel adventure. Roman ruins, fantastic museums, palaces and churches combine with nine UNESCO World Heritage sites to make it easy to experience German culture, but hard to decide where to go next.   When I visited in 2008 with my mom, my daughter and my niece, we found Trier to be a favorite stop along the Mosel River. It is recommended that you get an early start when you visit the market place to avoid some of the heavier afternoon shopping...

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Parables from the Farm: Massey Harris and the Easter Message

»Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Blog, Heartfelt Treasures, Personal Stories | 4 comments

Parables from the Farm: Massey Harris and the Easter Message

As parents we recognize immediately after they place that precious little child in our arms in the hospital, that we would do anything in our power to protect and nurture this priceless gift. I know for myself, that I would give my very last breath for my two kids (and now my grandson) if it meant their life and safety. Even in the animal world, the desire to nurture and protect can be found. This is the parable of Massey Harris. On our farm in Tillamook, Oregon, our kids each had different types of animal projects that they used for business and 4-H. Our son, Aaron had a very thriving and successful meat and show rabbit business. So successful in fact that he bought his first car at age 12 with the profits from his rabbit business…a classic 1966 mustang, which...

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Multigenerational Vacation: A Mother’s View

»Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Family Treasures, Travel Treasures | 0 comments

Multigenerational Vacation: A Mother’s View

Connie’s Corner blog today is by guest author, Dee Durham (my Mom).  I asked her to share her thoughts on vacationing with three generations such as our trip to Europe in 2008.   The downpour that we experienced last weekend here in Phoenix, Arizona was unbelievable, even for us Oregonians. At one time, I was sure that it was not even possible to get from one side of the street to the other without swimming. I tried to think of when I had been in rain like that before. What came to my mind was when we were in Luxembourg (2008) on our Legacy Trip. Connie has written about that trip, but she didn’t say that it was raining so hard we could not see out the windows enough to spot a parking place, even if had there been one. Too much rain. We all voted to...

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#FictionFriday; It’s A Mystery

»Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures, Personal Stories | 0 comments

#FictionFriday; It’s A Mystery

We all love a good mystery. I think it’s in our human DNA.  Even at a young age when we would read to our kids growing up, the books that had an air of uncertainty and mystery always left them asking us to “read it again” or “read one more chapter.” What would happen next? We did not own a television in the Nice home until the kids were in junior high school, so naturally our evening family entertainment focused on board games and lots of reading. Our family favorite for many years was a series called, The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West. The first four books in this series were published by Doubleday & Company, Inc in 1953 and there are 33 books available. In doing a bit of sleuthing on google, I discovered that even  60 years later, The Happy...

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Spring on Tanglewood Farm

»Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Blog, Heartfelt Treasures, Personal Stories | 1 comment

Spring on Tanglewood Farm

Authors note: The following story was written as an assignment at a recent writers retreat weekend. The assignment was to create a short story following a specific 8 paragraph format. The story had to have a specific beginning and end with some type of emotion or tension. I was very happy with my final product and wanted to share it with you today. cn Spring is my favorite time of year on the farm. Flowers burst open announcing a fresh new season. They spread open their pedals to welcome the warmth of the spring sun. Song birds return home to build their nests and birth a new generation of performers. Frogs climb out of the mucky warmth of their muddy hibernation to sing a new song that fills the evening air with a calliope of music. I love Spring on the farm. On...

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