How A Patch Of Buffalo Grass Evokes Enchanting Images

Its been forty-five days since the snows have begunI stare at the fire and long for the sunAs the bitter winds blow through the mouth of the passI sit here and dream of the Buffalo grass The Buffalo Grass – First stanza, Chris LeDoux There is a patch of buffalo grass in the front yard […]

Where Haunting Echoes Of Joyful Celtic Roots Reside – The Wexford Carol

Within a manger he was laidAnd by his side the virgin maidAttending on the Lord of LifeWho came on earth to end all strife. – The Wexford Carol, Third Stanza Last year as my husband and I enjoyed our Christmas dinner in our dining room at Maison Steinbuchel, we were listening to the Celtic music […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Ways To Use DNA To Authenticate And Launch Your Story

DNA opens an even more mysterious door to understanding the human condition: all of our ancestors live within each one of us whether we are aware of it or not. ― Laurence Overmire, from:   The One Idea That Saves The World: A Message of Hope in a Time of Crisis There is science that bears out the […]

What Wonderful Stories Lurk In Mysteries Within Vintage Family Albums?

“When A Photo Outlives The Memory, Write The Story…Give It A Voice – Again”. – Nancy Cullen Making wonderful stories, twenty or so members of my mother’s extended family gathered for Thanksgiving this past year.  Although we kept in touch remotely, due to the health emergency, it had been a couple of years since we […]

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 […]