Family Treasures

Day of Dread

»Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Family Treasures | 0 comments

  I hate this day. Every year it comes around. It’s inevitable. You can’t avoid it. Today is the day, and I hate it. Today, I must take down my Christmas tree and put away the holiday décor. As I sit here on my comfy leather sofa with my morning cup of coffee, the snow glistening white outside, the fire glowing; I know what must be done. Why then, is it so hard? My friends are gleefully posting on Facebook that they are so excited their house is back to normal with all the Santa figures and snow globes boxed up and safely stashed for the rest of the year. But me? I sit in silence dreading the moment that I touch the first ornament and put it away. Which will be first? Where do I start? Maybe it will be the “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament from 1985; the year our...

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Thinking About Kira

»Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Family Treasures | 2 comments

Author’s note:  This short little story was created for the 2014 Plein Air (Columbia Center for the Arts).  The inspiration came from visiting the Bingen Marina which was a very family and special place because of the memories of one very special dog. cn “Are you ready to go, Kira?” I casually asked the honey colored dog dozing on the rug.  Immediately she jumped up, snapped to attention and started doing her “we’re going on a walk” dance. During the summer months our daily routine included taking an early morning walk. “Us” included myself, my husband, and Kira, our three year old German Shepherd / Boxer mix. What a great way to greet the day and clear our minds and spirit before heading off for work. Now she was up, she quickly grew impatient as we were...

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Just Call Me “Gaming Grandma”

»Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Family Treasures | 2 comments

Just Call Me “Gaming Grandma”

Gaming…and I mean playing video or console games…is something I never intended to get involved with. I had watched my kids grow up with gaming and at times become pretty obsessed with it. But a few years ago, my adult kids got us a Wii game console for Christmas. I think it was out of desperation to have something to do over the holidays. We had so much fun. Golf, racing and big game hunting became our past time while we watched the snow piling up outside. It was fun to get up off the couch and just laugh and have a good time. After the holidays, I began to use the Wii as a mechanism to get some much needed exercise. I boxed, played tennis, baseball and walked. One of my favorite “workout” games is Walk It Out – Nintendo Wii! By Konami. (rated E) You put...

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Dandelions and Daydreams

»Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Family Treasures | 4 comments

Dandelions and Daydreams

Here Grandma…I picked you some flowers. It’s the voice of my five year old grandson as he comes running in from playing outside. I look up from my computer knowing full well that the flowers will be bright yellow with pointy pedals. The stems will be gangly and long with very few leaves. The stems will either be picked too short, or so long that they are broken from being held too tight. Do you love them, Grandma? Yes, I do. Just as I loved them when your mother was little and your Uncle before her. And just as I love you for bringing them to me. As I place the flowers in a vase, I am taken back to so many other dandelions that have sat on my windowsill over the past thirty years that I have been a mother. I feel so blessed by the “flowers” that my children have...

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Top 10 Unique Travel Destinations of the World

»Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Family Treasures, Travel Treasures | 4 comments

Top 10 Unique Travel Destinations of the World

I have been blessed to have traveled and experienced some very unique destinations all over the world as well as right in my own backyard. Here are a few of my favorites. Maybe they will soon be yours as well. 1. Sri Lanka: Whether you recognize it as Sri Lanka, Ceylon or its ancient Arab name of Serendib (serendipity), this tiny island nation casts a primitive and mysterious spell on its visitors. Roughly the size of New Jersey, Sri Lanka is a mini India. Terraced hillside farm land, beautiful pink coral beaches and hidden jungle shrines and temples make this tiny nation one of my favorite unique international destinations. I traveled to Sri Lanka in 1983 with World Vision International. Since the mission and purpose of our trip was to get deep into remote...

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Our Five Senses: Wind Chimes and Bare Feet

»Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures, Heartfelt Treasures, Travel Treasures | 2 comments

Our Five Senses: Wind Chimes and Bare Feet

It is late at night on a cool summer evening. I am lying in my bed with an icepack on my shoulder from a recent surgery. I have the window wide open. The evening breeze is softly billowing through the white lace curtain. As I lay here, outside I hear the breeze playing in the treetops. I also hear the sound of the wind chime on my back patio. I am immediately transported to another time and another place, when I remember a similar sound. The wind chimes sound exactly like the sound of clanging cowbells hanging from the necks of the dairy cows grazing peacefully in the meadows on the slopes of the Alps. Flashback to 2008. I am traveling in Germany and Austria with my mother, my daughter, and my niece. We are in Reutte (Austria) staying at the Landgasthof Lilie. We...

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