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Research Is What I’m Doing While Figuring What Out What Inspires Others

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing – Wernher von Braun The research required in assembling a BLOG post on the various family members who lived in our historic home always takes more time than anticipated.  This is due in part to unanticipated obstacles, both in the process and the […]

Happy Twenty Twenty Two? Yes, With Forward Motion

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect” ― Alan Cohen Forward motion is not what comes to mind describing the last two years.  Lockdowns, hindrances, interruptions, and constant adjustments have taken an emotional toll on all of us and have tried to define us. This was one […]

What Is So Special About Those Sweet Christmas Earrings?

“Sweet Christmas Earrings are a way to keep memories alive” – Anonymous (modified by Nancy Hancock-Cullen) Ruth Ann Lewis Cullen loved Christmas.  I mean loved it.  She was one of those people who, if allowed to, would have a Christmas tree up all year, one of her favorite boutique stores nearby, Kathyies Import Chalet, had […]

Can Calm And Tumultuous Define The Same Year?

“Nothing conquers the chaos around me like the calm assurance that I am at peace with God”  – Ron Brackin Dear Friends and Family, It has been a couple of years since I did an annual recap.  I almost skipped this year, giving into the lurking sense of uncertainty, but then I began to recount […]

Why Christmas Is More Than A Festive Holiday

“Christmas isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event); Christmas is more … Christmas is an encounter!” – Pope Francis The season of Advent is upon us.  A season of expectation leading up to Christmas Day. But what are we expecting?  I am going to avoid ragging about the pressure current […]

Three Simple Reasons I Still Embrace Christmas Traditions

I intend to keep writing Christmas songs. There’s still a lot more about Christmas that can be captured and feel like old-time Christmas.  A lot of Christmas traditions haven’t been explained in song.  –  Clint Black December at our house is one long celebration to embrace Christmas.  On my side of the family, it kicks […]

Three Elements Of An Engaging Story – Twists, Turns, And Delightful Tension

“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”― Tim O’Brien What are the Elements Of An Engaging Story?   Most experts put these in a group of seven: Character, Plot, Setting, Point of View, Style, Theme, and Literary Devices and for structure Hook, First Plot Point, […]

Joyful Wishes For A Season Of Thanksgiving And Gratitude

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”  ― Epicurus Sending joyful wishes to you and yours!  This special holiday served as our extended family reunion gathering as a child.  We usually went to the farm where all […]