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How Writing Your Story Reveals And Opens Unexpected Treasures

“It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? Each of us has a story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage?”  ― Linda Weaver Clarke “Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson There […]

The Satisfying Story In A Generational Quilt Completed

“To me, the beauty of a quilt or a dress lies within the stitches and the thought of the person who made them. When you spend time making something with your two hands, you impart love in a way that buying never can.” – Natalie. The Satisfying Story Of A Generational Quilt began earlier this year […]

My Grandfathers’ Rocking Chairs – What They Represent

There is a peacefulness, an air of reflection, about a rocking chair that attaches to no other moving object. – Wallis Simpson We are fortunate that two rocking chairs, one from each side of my family, the Hancocks and the Rightmeiers, remain in the family. We do not know much about them, except they were […]

How Your Personal Story Is Like Hot Steaming Soup!

“Speaking of the history of stories and especially of fairy-stories, we may say that the Pot of Soup, the Cauldron of Story has always been boiling, and to it have continually been added new bits, dainty and undainty” – J.R.R. Tolkein While we lived in Alsace, I learned about the Pot-au-Feu, the French version of […]

How To Keep Your Balance In Crazy Unpredictable Times

Get away and unplug. You’ll come back stronger than ever.  – MICHAEL HYATT Maintaining balance is vital to a healthy outlook.  No matter what side of the political spectrum you are one, we can all agree times are turbulent.  Turbulence is tiring.  Turbulence is distracting. However, it is summer, and although it may take a bit […]

The Sun Came Bursting Over The Horizon And A New Outstanding Day Arrived

“From the blackness of nothing to the brightness of everything.  The sun came bursting over the horizon and a new day was here.”  Paul Hancock, The Writings of HANCOCK, September 1975 In the past, The Northfield School of the Liberal Arts had a year-end program called, Americana.  It is an opportunity for students and faculty to […]

Every Last Generation Is A Powerful Servant Of The Next

“He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.” – ‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:50‬ ‭NLT‬‬ God’s mercy in every last generation, goes beyond simply not getting what we all know we deserve.  The word for mercy embraces His covenant love for all of mankind.  However, a critical element is mankind’s individual choice to receive […]

Eternal Summer! The Perfect Season For Story Telling And Rescuing!

“If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper…”  ―Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited When one is retired from working as an employee, you would think that the seasons, including that eternal summer, would all blend together.  I find, that while my […]

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 […]