Laying Our Loved Ones To Rest With Honor And Dignity

“The first night in Morotai, the Japanese sent over a bomber on the north end of the island.  The next day we went out and dug a deeper foxhole.”  – Lt. Joseph F. Cullen, Personal Diary My husband went to rent a car for a trip to the west coast.  The occasion:  A memorial service […]

Three Lessons To Employ When It All Falls Apart – Fly The Plane!

I returned and saw under the sun that— The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all. – Solomon Some principles are timeless and work across […]

August Is A Flying Flower Dance Party At This Beautiful Home Garden

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly. –  Barbara Haines Howett Robert Frost called the butterfly a Flying Flower.  The why is on full display late summer at Maison Steinbuchel:  it is Butterfly Season.  I confess I cultivate plants that make these beauties happy, but they are not fussy:  […]

Fascinating Read: In Search of God and Guinness, Stephen Mansfield

“I do not know when I became a lover of history”. – In Search of God and Guinness,  by Stephen Mansfield.  A few years ago, I read the book, In Search of God and Guinness,  by Stephen Mansfield.  Introducing the book, Mr. Mansfield makes the statement “I do not know when I became a lover of history”.  The […]

The Unique And Sacred Trust Stewarding A Historic Landmark Home

“For you have in your possession a unique and sacred trust. Guard it well.” — B. J. Palmer We set aside Wednesday mornings to tend the gardens.  This was an almost everyday task during the growing seasons, however, these days reliable and hard-working help eases the load.  Thus, in three to four hours, we get about twenty […]

A Safe Place – Where And When Did You Last Feel Safe?

The world can only seem a safe place when we feel safe inside. – Agapi Stassinopoulos “Where And When Did You Last Feel Safe?” was asked recently in a writer’s workshop.  Challenged to describe a safe place in a twelve-minute free-form writing exercise, I was pleasantly surprised where I went. I found myself on my […]

A Simple Three Step Template To Write That Special Story

“I am a rescuer of stories hidden among the ordinary.  I give these stories voice as a template to inspire others with untold stories so that they will know the satisfaction of rescuing their own stories.”  – Nancy Cullen This BLOG began as a place I could record and share stories.  Stories stemming from four areas […]

The Premier Wedding At Maison Steinbuchel – A Pretty Home Affair

A Pretty Home Affair – “Beautiful in its simplicity will be the pretty home wedding of Miss Bertha Josephine Stackman and Dr. Rene Guldner” – The Wichita Eagle, September 4, 1912 The four weddings occurring over the years at our Historic Landmark home, Maison Steinbuchel, were presented in a previous post.  One was that of […]

Hitting A Wall? You Are In Good Company

We are living in a demented world. And we know it. It would not come as a surprise to anyone if tomorrow the madness gave way to afrenzy which would leave our poor Europe in a state of distracted stupor, with engines still turning and flags streaming in the breeze, but with the spirit gone. […]