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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 […]

Three Ways Quiet Pivotal Moments Can Burst Open New Adventures

In the quiet moments, the discoveries are made. – Vera Farmiga I look back, now, and I know that the naming moment, which seemed so insignificant then, which seemed to demand no more than an arbitrary and superstitious yes or no, was in fact a pivotal moment in my life. – Gregory David Roberts   I remember the […]

Significant Fresh Progress On The Improved Sturdy Biplane Wings

The Chapter 88 EAA Biplane Project is entering new territory with biplane wings.  The two upper wings are complete minus covering and the upper center section is almost reassembled!  Staging is now underway for the two lower wings for which Daddy had the materials but had not yet begun.  The ribs are complete, hardware prepped […]

How A Long Colorful Road Trip, A Civil War Book Launch, And Family Relate

As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see. — Vincent Van Gogh When one thinks of the upper Midwest, the American Civil War does not immediately come to mind.  However, a few weeks ago, we embarked on a five day road trip that […]

How To Uncover Hidden Connections – An Adorable Teapot

The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. – Roald Dahl Objects can be a means to uncover hidden family stories and connections.  Some years ago, we inherited a family heirloom from my husband’s mother’s family – a silver plated teapot fashioned to resemble a gourd.  It was cute in a weird […]

Patina – An Inspiring Powerful Revealing Of Life Story Indicator

Over time patina can appear as a green, a brown or a glaze on the surface of an object but it does much more than reveal Age – Patina  shows us the story of a life – magnolia journal spring 2021 I enjoy vintage and the character patina gives to an object.  Those of you who […]

“Go With Aircoupe – The Plane That is Going Places”

“Go With Aircoupe – The Plane That is Going Places” – Headline From Ad in 1961 Flying Magazine I own a 1961 Forney Aircoupe inherited from my father.  Along with the sheer joy of taking off, leaving the two-dimensional earthbound realm, this little red and white plane abounds with stories. Recently I was contacted via […]

When It feels AWKWARD: A Memorable First Flying Lesson

“Even when it feels awkward…” – Nancy Cullen  “Anything worth doing well is worth doing badly in the beginning” – Marshall Thurber  I do not like doing things badly.  I want to do things well.  The first time.  I see others doing a thing well, with grace and ease, so I jump in and, well, […]

The Mom And Pop Establishment – Best True Memories Of Quincey’s

“Mom & pop stores are not about something small; they are about something big. … They are important not only for the food, drink, clothing, and tools they sell us, but also for providing us with intellectual stimulation, social interaction, and connection to our communities. We must have mom & pop stores because we are […]