Three Ways Stories Empower And Strengthen

Stories Empower And Strengthen:  “What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart?”  – Orison Swett Marden Stories are everywhere.  The earliest records of mankind come in the form of story.  Whether you draw from the Genesis narrative, Egyptian hieroglyphs or […]

Honoring A Courageous And Loyal Veteran

“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 Today we are honoring those who have served in the protection of our freedoms.  The freedom to choose our […]

Hello Summer! Abundant Simplicity, Calm, and “Stories” To Delight

“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, one would think that the seasons, including summer, would all blend together.  While my time is more flexible, it […]

Mother’s Day – Tribute And Honor To Our Amazing Moms

Happy Mother’s Day!  If you follow this BLOG you already know how I love, adore, and respect my mother.  Since my husband and I do not have children, I did not share the experience of motherhood with her, although we do share many other things: The love of gardening and growing stuff The satisfaction of making an entire […]

Hospitality, It’s Wonderful Foundations Explored

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,  Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalms 91:1 The concept of hospitality has a much higher meaning than is commonly thought of today, at least in my part of the world.  Although the everyday application remains valid, it lacks the depth of its’ original intent. True […]

Why Visit An American Revolutionary War Patriot?

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to […]

The Willis Jeep – When Colorful Personal Stories Converge

Purchase“In the Willis Jeep, every road is the scenic route.” – unknown Some objects hold generations of stories.  One of those in our family is Grandad’s Willis Jeep.  I have referred to it before in passing and have plans to document its restoration.   At the moment it occupies a place in our driveway as those […]

A Personal Example Of Discovering Connections Out Of The Past

  “Realize that everything connects to everything else” – Leonardo DaVinci “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville Discovering connections with others is a natural delight […]

Three Positive Secrets In Heart Rending Farewells

“To make heaven the perfect resting place for loved ones we adore, God made sure those Pearly Gates contained a kitty door.” – Unknown “Many beautiful angels are leaping through heaven with a meow.” – Unknown Finding positive secrets as one’s heart is breaking takes some processing.  Saying goodbye to another of the Cullen cats […]